Health Trainers (HTs) have completed training and been assessed as competent against the following national competences (national occupational standards):
- HT1 Make relationships with communities
- HT2 Communicate with individuals about promoting their health
- HT3 Enable individuals to change their behaviour to improve their own health and wellbeing
- HT4 Manage and organise your own time and activities
The nationally recognised training for HTs is the Health Trainer Certificate accredited by City and Guilds. Trainee Health Trainers (THTs) are studying for the nationally recognised City and Guilds Certificate. Once they have completed this qualification, they will be able to work as a Health Trainer.
Health Trainers are either drawn from their local communities, or are knowledgeable about those communities. They will identify, or have referred to them, appropriate “clients” drawn from hard to reach, disadvantaged groups. In addition, clients can self-refer. Health Trainers will work with these clients on a one-to-one basis to assess their lifestyles and well-being, to set goals, agree action plans and provide individual support focussing on behaviour change.
Across the East Midlands, Health Trainers are recruited at NHS Agenda for Change Band 2 while training and Band 3 when qualified (or the nearest equivalent for non NHS organisations).
Trainee Health Trainer
Health Champions (HCs) enable the Health Trainer Service to ‘extend its reach’ into communities, they too are drawn from their local communities, or knowledgeable about the communities within which they work. They facilitate uptake of Health Trainer Services and other interventions as appropriate, this is often referred to as ‘signposting and improving access to services’, achieved by peer support and information giving. Across the East Midlands Health Champions are recruited as volunteers.
HCs have undertaken the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement Award and are part of a Health Trainer Service for support, access to resources, data collection and governance.
Please note that Health Champions are nationally referred to as Health Trainer Champions (HTC).
It is recognised that a number of people within these roles may have a different title and enhanced duties.
Both qualifications are nationally accredited and sit, on the qualifications and credits framework.
East Midlands Learning and Development Pathway
The East Midlands have adopted a pathway approach to learning, based upon the work of our early adopter site.
Royal Society for Public Health Understanding Health Improvement
This qualification provides knowledge and understanding of the benefits of good health and wellbeing, and of the barriers to making a change of lifestyle. It is a standalone qualification or it can be used as a stepping stone for those aspiring to become qualified Health Trainers. A workbook to support delivery has been developed and the latest version can be found at the Department of Health’s website.
For further information on the Royal Society for Public Health award, visit their website.
City and Guilds Certificate for Health Trainers
The City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate for Health Trainers is the full Health Trainer qualification that all individuals working as a Health Trainer should complete and pass. The qualification is divided into 4 units based upon the four Health Trainer competencies starting with competence HT4 then HT1, HT2 and HT3.
The current providers of the City and Guilds Certificate for Health Trainers in the East Midlands are Loughborough College and Northampton College.
For further information on City and Guilds qualification visit their website.