Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Report Highlights Diversity across Health Trainer Services

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

New Report Highlights Diversity across Health Trainer Services

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The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has uncovered considerable diversity and increasing polarisation between health trainer services and services focusing more on either clinical indicators or on the wider determinants of health and community development. These findings form part of the first in a series of reports using the Data Collection and Reporting System (DCRS) to assess how health trainer services are being used across England and the extent to which they have moved away from the 'original' service design.

The diversification of services hasn't detracted from success - services are achieving their aims of embedding healthy lifestyles within communities and supporting individuals to live healthier lives: the wellbeing score of clients increased on average by 39.7%, the average percentage of clients part or completely achieving their personal health plan was 75.5% and the clients' intake of fried, fatty and snack foods decreased on average by 58.5%

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive RSPH, said, 'Given that health inequalities continue to persist and blight our population it is essential that we support community based health improvement initiatives. …

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