The health trainer workforce in England has been developed over the last five years in a unique collaboration between the National Team at the Department of Health, regional teams and local services.
An enormous amount has been learnt about how to recruit, train and support a lay workforce to engage people from some of the country’s poorest communities and support them to make the changes in their lifestyle that they want to make.
From the outset they were intended to offer ‘support from next door’ rather than ‘advice from on high’ and to:
- target ‘hard to reach’ and disadvantaged groups
- increase healthy behaviour and uptake of preventative services
- provide opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain skills and employment
- reduce health inequalities
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Go to Health Trainers England for more details