Manchester Health Champions
The Health & Wellbeing Service works to improve health across the City of Manchester. We are looking to work with colleagues who would like to gain the the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in ‘Understanding Health Improvement’, at no cost to yourself or organisation.
This unique award helps employers and organisations of all types and sizes in the private, public, community and voluntary sectors to support a healthy workforce or volunteer group and become part of a health guide/champion network.
So we would really like to hear from you, or members of your team, who may not necessarily work in a health role but do have an interest in health and health promotion.
Please click on the PDF below for more information:
Health Champions: What do they do?
Whatever a person might want to change, a health champion can help them get started or find services they need to improve their health and wellbeing.
Health Champions give people support in making the changes, which are right for them and can signpost to specialist services when necessary. They help with keeping people motivated by encouraging them to set goals and create action plans for improving their health.
Health Champions are local people who know how hard it is to change aspects of the lifestyle. They know local issues and how to access local community and NHS services to get the help and support needed to live life to the full!
“Disclaimer: Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust will not accept any responsibility for the activities of individuals undertaking the role of “NHS Health Champion” (or similar description), whether employed by another organisation or in a voluntary capacity, nor in providing specific training does this imply that the MMHSCT accredits this role”.
Our Network Members
We have over 200 people in the Health Champion Network. Our network members are all of those people who have completed the Understanding Health Improvement training.
To date this includes groups of the following staff:
- Probation Health Champions
- Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
- Pharmacy Health Champions
- Manchester City Council Regeneration Team
- Children’s Services staff
- Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust Staff
- South Manchester Healthy Living Network Volunteers
- Other NHS staff in clinical and non clinical roles
- Staff and volunteers for a range of community and voluntary sector organisations
We also offer open courses where individuals from a particular organisation with an interest in becoming a health champion can book on.
Train to become a Health Champion
Would you like to enhance your skills and awareness in your current work or volunteering role and.......
- Gain an awareness of health promotion principles and values.
- Be able to identify common health challenges and increase knowledge of what factors affect health, health inequalities and barriers to change.
- Gain an understanding of the approaches that can be used to initiate and deliver low intensity, very brief interventions and brief interventions to support behaviour change.
- Feel more confident in promoting improvement in the health and wellbeing of others.
Free Royal Society for Public Health accredited QCA Level 2 training for individuals working or volunteering in Manchester!
Health Champions offer individuals practical support in making healthy lifestyle choices for themselves. The first step to becoming a Health Champion is to undertake the Royal Society for Public Health Understanding Health Improvement accredited training.
By undertaking the Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement participants will become part of the growing Manchester Health Champion network. Ongoing support and resources will be available through the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Service.
For course dates visit : www.goodhealth-manchester.nhs.uk/training
We can also provide bespoke training for organisations who have a number of staff and volunteers interested in being trained. For more information contact Megan Brown.
e-learning training programmes
There are two e-learning programmes which are free to register and available in order to support the Health Champion scheme.
Understanding Health Improvement – Online Resource
An e-learning resource has been developed to support participants of the RSPH Understanding Health Improvement Course.
Log on to: http://www.uhi-online.co.uk/index.asp
Create your username and own password. And begin.
You will be taken step by step through the course materials including chances for you to test your knowledge.
Making Every Contact Count
'Making Every Contact Count: An introduction to behaviour change' is a new e-learning programme that has been commissioned by NW Public Health Network and developed by HM Partnerships for use by NHS, Local Authority, private and voluntary sector front line staff. The resource has been developed in collaboration with NHS North West and ChaMPS and designed by Walkgrove Ltd.
The purpose of the e-learning is to make health everyone’s business and it covers the major health problems that affect us all in the North West. The programme helps learners understand the scale of health problems, identifies the key health messages and teaches the basic techniques of how to bring up health and wellbeing and have 'health chats' with people they come into contact with. It is hoped that the e-learning programme will be a key feature of employees professional development.
The e-learning programme is available on the NHS North West Learning Management System and is available externally via by clicking here.
Manchester Health Champions Network Bulletin
All those who have completed the Understanding Health Improvement Training and opted into the Manchester Health Champion network will automatically be subscribed to our monthly bulletin. The bulletin features a round up of local and national news, events and developments that relate to your role as a Manchester Health Champion.
Please click on the PDF below to view previous issues here:
Health Champion Case Studies
Please click on the case studies below to hear about peoples experiences: