Sharon, Tina and Josh are currently in training and will be working permanently as Health Trainers from 1st June.
Tina’s background is in sports coaching and fitness training, but more recently she’s been working as a Health Promotions Champion for Gateway, going out to GP surgeries, health centres and local events to promote the Health Trainers service. As part of her previous roles she’s already made lots of links with the community and met a lot of the people she will be working with as a Health Trainer.
Sharon comes to the Health Trainers service from our Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service (POWS), so she has an invaluable background in community work and a large network of useful contacts. Before this she worked for weight management groups Size Down and Weight Watchers.
Josh has been working with the Making Health Work team as a Health Ambassador, supporting young people to have “healthy conversations” and to make lifestyle changes, via group work and one-to-one coaching. Before this, he was at University where he gained a Psychology degree.
All three are completing a five week training programme to become Health Trainers. As well as working with NHS assessors and completing a number of RSPH qualifications (including the Level 2 Awards in Encouraging Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating, and Supporting Smoking Cessation) they will be shadowing our other Health Trainers to learn about the different ways in which they work.
Josh said, “I’m really looking forward to seeing the different styles that each Health Trainer has. This is our first opportunity to start learning from the experienced Health Trainers and to begin forging our own style of support.”
Transferable skills add value
It’s important to us at Gateway that, in whatever role someone is working, the skills they gain have a much wider value. Important talents such as empathy, an ability to quickly make connections and form meaningful relationships with people, the ability to listen and assess someone’s needs without judgement, and a knowledge of the wider health and wellbeing networks in the city are vital across all roles.
In the video, Sharon and Josh talk how their previous experience at Gateway will inform their Health Trainer work.