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Health Trainer

Company: Everyone Health - Newcastle Under Lyme    Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Full & Part time roles (FTE is 40 hours per week). Salary range £17,600 - £21,000 pro rata

Exciting opportunities are available for enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated Health Trainers to support the new Healthy Communities Integrated Lifestyle Service for over 50s across the County of Staffordshire. Based in local communities, these roles will form an integral part of the service, reaching into communities and supporting individuals to make and sustain behaviour changes to improve health and wellbeing.

Health Trainers provide support and practical information to individuals to assist them in making healthier lifestyle choices. Working in communities, you will be delivering NHS Health checks, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging healthier eating and increasing levels of physical activity using a range of approaches and methods. This role will promote access into the service, identifying, supporting and empowering behaviour change for adults over 50 years of age. Ideally, youll have experience or qualifications in healthy lifestyles, but most importantly, youll be a natural and passionate motivator with excellent communication skills to engage with individuals on both a one to one and group basis, naturally building relationships within the local communities.

We would like to hear from you if you:

  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Possess a minimum of 1 year experience working in a community based health improvement service.
  • Are experienced in using behaviour change models within a work context.
  • Are flexible with good time management and planning skills
  • Are interested in motivating and supporting both individuals and groups in community based settings.
  • Can raise public awareness and provision of consistent healthy lifestyle messaging, on issues relevant to the health of the community and in a multi-cultural setting.
  • Have experience in building strong links and relationships with a diverse range of groups, Organisations and agencies

For more information, please click: www.everyonehealth.co.uk/about-us/employment-opportunities , to download the Job Description / Person Specification.

To apply: Send a current CV and supporting letter to the email address on the website.

Closing date is: 21st February 2018

Please note: Interviews will be held w/c 26th February 2018

This is a fixed term contract until April 2021 and subject to enhanced DBS

checks and satisfactory references

JOB DESCRIPTION

HEALTH TRAINER

MAIN PURPOSE

Health trainers help their clients to assess their lifestyles and wellbeing, set goals for improving their health, agree action-plans, and provide practical support and information that will help people to sustain their new health behaviours. Working as a health trainer in our services, you will be:

  • helping people identify how their behaviours may be affecting their health
  • supporting individuals to create a health plan to help make changes to improve their health
  • coordinating other service elements and specialities (e.g. stop smoking service, weight management service) into one cohesive service for the individual
  • helping individuals to become more knowledgeable about things that can affect their health and wellbeing
  • signposting to other agencies and professionals

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The Health Trainer will:

  • Identify and engage with individuals from agreed target groups providing information to individuals about the relationship between behaviours and health, and promoting improvement in their health and wellbeing.
  • Support and motivate individuals, over around 6 sessions throughout a year, to identify their health needs and assess the barriers that prevent them from making healthy choices, assisting individuals to learn in learning how to make better health choices and support them in initiating and sustaining appropriate behavioural changes using their ´personal health plan´ (PHP).
  • Be accountable for the monitoring and achievement of service key performance indicators (KPIs) and other quality related targets.
  • Keep accurate records and written reports, and ensure patient contact data is recorded in accordance with Everyone Health and Commissioner Policies, to ensure compliance with Information Governance and Data Protection in relation to client and patient information.
  • Deliver outstanding patient care, demonstrating empathy, understanding, attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering a quality service.
  • Keep abreast of the holistic range of services available in the community by developing links with service providers and keeping up-to-date with service changes and developments, in order to appropriately signpost individuals to the service then need when they need them.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Be able to plan and manage own time and activities around the needs of individuals in the community to respond effectively to referrals.
  • Ability to keep accurate records of activity to provide data and monitoring information
  • Effective numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Emotionally sensitive and empathetic to members of the public who wish to improve their health, to be supportive and encouraging to people in difficult (sometimes frustrating) situations.
  • Value and be respectful of other people regardless of background or circumstances.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Be flexible with good time management and planning skills
  • Be interested in motivating and supporting both individuals and groups in community based settings, and in the home.

KNOWLEDGE

  • In depth knowledge of local communities.
  • Knowledge of the effect of social isolation and loneliness on the elderly
  • Knowledge of the challenges to achieving health improvement amongst local vulnerable and deprived communities.

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience of working with and engaging individuals and groups over 50 years of age
  • Experience of actively engaging with local communities
  • Desirable - experience of health screening and delivering NHS health checks.
  • Experience of using Microsoft programmes (Word and Excel)
  • Experience of team working
  • Experience of managing a personal workload or caseload

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Essential: GCSE Maths and English to at least Grade C, or equivalent.

Desirable: Recognised Health Trainer qualifications e.g. City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate for Health Trainers , or equivalent, or Royal Institute of Public Health Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement or equivalent. If this is not held, the post holder will be supported in achieving these qualifications within the probationary period.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  • Highly motivated self-starter with resilience, determination and the ability to see jobs through to completion.
  • Role incorporates evening / weekend working, with variable levels of travel across Staffordshire, working in a variety of settings including home visits, the community and community centres.
  • Full UK Driving licence and access to a car for work- with business purposes insurance.
  • Evidence of a personal commitment to continuing professional development and to maintaining an up-to-date professional knowledge supporting the development of business within the company.
  • This post involves working with vulnerable adults and as such the post holder will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records at an enhanced level (DBS).

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £17,600.00 to £21,000.00 /year

Required experience:

  • raising public awareness on healthy lifestyles: 1 year
  • motivating & supporting individuals & groups in communities: 1 year
  • using behaviour change models within a work context: 1 year
  • working in a community based health improvement service: 1 year
  • building strong links & relationships within communities: 1 year

Required education:

  • Diploma

Required licences or certifications:

  • Recognised Health Trainer qualifications
  • Full Driving licence and access to insured car for work