Health Trainer's Skillsfirst Level 3 Certificate
The Department of Health announced the new role of Health Trainers in the Choosing Health White Paper in 2004. Health Trainers are a new workforce recruited from the community and working in the NHS and other local organisations, including local authorities, businesses, the voluntary and community sector.
As part of the plan to reduce health inequalities, Health Trainers will encourage individuals to improve their own health and wellbeing. They will have experience and understanding of what it means to live, or be part of, their community. The expectation is that their diversity, including age, ethnicity, race and gender will reflect the local area. They may also be people working in the area who gain extra skills to be a Health Trainer as part of their existing role. Health Trainers will begin to work to help people to improve their health as the government initiative to tackle health inequalities starts to roll out nationally. Suitable work force includes: Health care workforce including NHS local authorities, prison service, the voluntary and community sector.
Candidates have to be aged 16 or over. You must have GCSE English D or above (or equivalent). To be working either voluntary or paid in a setting that will promote the work of a Health Trainer.
During the course you can study the following units:
- Introduction to the roles and responsibilities of a health trainer
- Establishing and developing relationships with communities while working as a health trainer
- Communicating with individuals about promoting their health
- Enabling individuals to change their behaviour to improve their health and well being.
Practical assignments and observations.
Further study and career options
The qualification provides knowledge and practical skills related to the Health Trainer role. On completion of the qualification, candidates will have national recognition that they have met the full requirements of the Health Trainer role. In some areas, individuals may progress into Senior Health Trainer roles, which some local organisations have developed, or other health improvement posts.
Some Health Trainers have already progressed into other posts with more responsibility, (e.g. family support workers) or been offered progression into further education and training through Foundation Degrees, community development work (with NVQs at Levels 3 and 4), or other health promotion related qualifications.
An assessor will also visit/observe in the work setting. Candidates will be expected to study outside of College. Each unit is assignment based.