Health and Work Champions - promoting the health benefits of employment

Making the case for the link between work, health and wellbeing

Healthcare professionals can give people the skills, belief and confidence to remain in or return to work which benefits their longer term health outcomes.

Health and Work Champions are supporting their peers to develop the knowledge and skills for this role.

What is this project about?

In a unique partnership between RCOT and Public Health England, 25 occupational therapists and others in England have become Health and Work Champions. They are delivering training in their NHS organisations to enable colleagues to routinely ask about employment and provide brief advice when delivering care to working age adults. This pilot project is now being extended and we are recruiting an additional 50 Health and Work Champions.

We are open for applications from 1 June 2017 to the 31 July 2017. To apply please send an up-to-date CV, a statement detailing how you meet the volunteer role description and an indication from your employer that they will support you in this role. We would particularly welcome applicants from a broad range of professional backgrounds.

Successful candidates will be notified in August and will have to attend two days of training in London, on either 7 September and 8 December 2017 or 25 September and 15 December 2017, for which reasonable travel expenses will be paid. In your application please tell us which set of dates you would prefer.

After the initial training, you will be expected to deliver free training to colleagues in your employing organisation and collect feedback about your training. Due to funding, this role is currently only open to those working in England.

Please email your application to Ashleigh.Watkins@rcot.co.uk

For further discussion please contact Genevieve.Smyth@rcot.co.uk