Healthcare is no longer just about treating illness, it’s also about promoting good health and this is especially important in the workplace, because in business, people are the most valuable asset. Healthy, engaged employees show improved job performance and productivity, and taking care of staff can help reduce sickness absence, high turnover levels and low morale.
How do Workplace Health Champions fit in to your workplace?
A Health Champion acts as a point of contact within the organisation for employees who want to engage in health and wellbeing activities. They might initiate things like walking groups or health promotion events, they will be able to signpost colleagues to further information and local health services, and they will have a basic understanding of the principles of health and wellbeing and how to promote them to colleagues.
What does the training involve?
The training takes place over one day with a short, multiple choice test at the end. It outlines key health and wellbeing issues in the county and covers areas such as physical activity, healthy eating, stopping smoking and improving mental wellbeing. Participants gain the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 award in Understanding Health Improvement, which is a well-established qualification.
Who’s it for?
The course is suitable for any employee interested in workplace health, Organisations should have a team of champions, we recommend that they are from different sites or divisions, often led by HR/H&S.
Roles and responsibilities of a Workplace Health Champion
A point of contact for people who want to engage in wellbeing activities
Giving people up to date regular information about health and wellbeing and signposting to local services
Encouraging participation in national and local health campaigns
Distributing flyers and posters etc. on health and wellbeing programmes
Creating a healthy space or bulletin board within a work or community setting with relevant wellbeing materials
Being an enthusiastic liaison with the Public Health trainer and BITC and attending Health Champion practice sharing meetings
Respond to evaluation requests (e.g. numbers of people spoken to about health issues, involvement in health campaigns etc.)
- Refreshments and lunch provided
- Free Training for Hertfordshire workplaces funded through Public Health Hertfordshire
- Trainer: Accredited RSPH Practitioner Sara Mudhar
To book a place or for further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org