The Big Life Group – Free Training To be delivered as e-learning on Rochdale Council’s COLIN online learning site


The Big Life Group – Free Training
To be delivered as e-learning on Rochdale Council’s COLIN online learning site.

Free Training in Health Improvement
Health Chats – Understanding Health improvement Level 2
The course is 7 guided learning hours; this can be split over two sessions or three shorter sessions. I have also delivered full day sessions to suit need.

Accredited by Royal society of public health – This gives any person trained a stepping stone in health improvement and a qualification equivalent to GCSE A –C.
Each person trained can state they are a Health Chatter and will be able to link in with other services to receive more training. This is done through a quarterly newsletter and regular email and text updates.

There are case studies highlighting the benefits of the Health chats from people losing weight to joining groups. Three Health chatters actually got jobs after the course.

What are Health Chats?
Health Chats are opportunistic generic brief interventions aimed at imparting knowledge of healthy lifestyle behaviours, signposting to lifestyle and other services and nudging members of the community to take action to improve their health and wellbeing for themselves, their family and their community.
The aim of our Health Chats programme is to develop and systematically harness the work of frontline staff and community services, to improve customer, staff, patient/client and visitor health. Our initial programme will focus on:- Alcohol, Be active, Healthy eating, Mental wellbeing, Sexual health (focused on under 19s), Tobacco.

These lifestyle factors contribute to cancers, heart disease and strokes, respiratory diseases and diseases of the endocrine system. They also contribute significantly to excess and premature deaths, poor quality of life, increased hospital episodes and length of stay.

These themes will be core subjects, and woven into that will be learning on how these link to cancers, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and heart disease. Supplementary learning on wider determinants of health such as housing, employment, skills and debt management will also be offered.
Why have a Health Chat
Evidence from the World Health Organisation shows that:-
• One third of the industrial world’s disease burden is due to tobacco, alcohol, obesity and high blood pressure
• Three quarters of all cardio vascular disease is due to tobacco, high blood pressure and obesity
By acting on these issues we have the potential to reduce the burden of disease by 33% and reduce healthcare costs by 70%.

Each person trained could potentially save a life through signposting and raising awareness.
The Course covers:
• What is Health?
• Dimensions of Health
• Wider determinants of Health
• Extension exercise
• The 6 factors that affect health inequalities
• Health promotion policy – including NICE guidance and 5 Ways to Wellbeing
• Break out session – up to date health promotion messages
• Behaviour change approaches
• Communication skills
• Confidentiality
• How to have a Health Chat
All modules are covered in the course content.
Module 1 – Accredited session of 7 guided learning hours plus exam for RSPH Level 2 in Understanding Health Improvement. This has worked well so far as a two half-day sessions, but this may be offered in different formats depending on type of Health Chatter being trained.
Module 2 – Practical skills – how to chat and motivate behaviour change. Has worked well as part of the second half day session as per above.
Module 3 – Wider determinants on health – including employment & skills, debt & income, and housing – services and referral routes. To be delivered as e-learning on Rochdale Council’s COLIN online learning with relevant sections to be undertaken by Health Chatter to supplement their knowledge.
If you are interested in this training please contact Michelle Duffy on 07773078130 or email on


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