Health and Work Champions - promoting the health benefits of employment

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

Work is one of the most significant determinants of health and life expectancy. 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, 55 healthcare professionals 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.

Why become a Health and Work Champion?

  • A chance to take a key leadership role in health and work
  • The prospect of leading culture change in healthcare
  • An opportunity for you to share your expertise
  • The option to develop your career and CPD
  • The chance to be part of a fast growing wave of change

If you are interested in becoming a Health and Work Champion, please email Ashleigh.Watkins@rcot.co.uk. You will then be contacted by the College when recruitment for the next cohort of Health and Work Champions opens. To apply we will require the following information:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A statement detailing how you meet the volunteer role description
  • 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 have to attend two days of training in London (dates yet to be confirmed), for which reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

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. This project is about helping people who use NHS services stay in or return to employment, rather than about the health and wellbeing of NHS staff.

Please register your interest with Ashleigh.Watkins@rcot.co.uk

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