Workplace Health Champions
What does a Workplace Health Champion do?
A Health Champion within a workplace is a volunteer who acts as a point of contact within the organisation for employers who want to promote the health of their employees.
They are trained to have a basic understanding of the principles of health and wellbeing and how best to promote them with their colleagues.
A Health Champion might initiate, for example, walking groups or events where information and activities to improve health are available.
What does Health Champion training involve?
The training takes place over one day with a short, multiple choice test at the end. It outlines key health and wellbeing challenges and covers areas such as physical activity, healthy eating and stopping smoking. Participants gain the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 award in Understanding Health Improvement, which is an accredited qualification.
Who is it for?
The course is suitable for anyone interested in the health of employees, but it could be particularly useful for human resource teams, health and safety officers, line managers or union representatives. If organisations want more than one person to undertake the training we recommend that they are from different sites, divisions or departments within the business.
Training is delivered through open sessions which run mid-county throughout the year at no cost to employers. In-house sessions are available subject to a course fee. Trained health champions will receive regular and ongoing updates through twice yearly funded health champion networks.