Health Improvement Practitioner

Post date: 11-Mar-2013 11:52:35

Job Title: Health Improvement Practitioner (Physical Activity/Check4life)

Employer: County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Location: Whitehouse

Salary: £21,176 to £27,625 pa

Closing Date:19/03/2013

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success.

We are looking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated individual to contribute to the effective development, delivery and evaluation of the Get Active Physical Activity Programmes, which provide both population and targeted physical activity opportunities across the lifecourse in a range of settings, for example: walking and cycling, exercise referral, multi-activity, an equipment loan scheme and Check4Life (NHS Health Check) programmes.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the planning, co-ordination, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based physical activity and Check4Life health check sessions across County Durham to encourage local people with diverse needs to engage, increase and maintain participation in a physically active lifestyle to contribute to improved health and wellbeing and a reduction in health inequalities.

You will be required to liaise with identified partners including community, public and private sector organisations to address local health needs and consult with service users in the design, delivery and quality assurance of the physical activity health improvement programmes.

Candidates will be in possession of or working towards a degree or equivalent in related area (e.g. sports science, health studies, youth and community work), with recognised exercise teaching or coaching qualifications, for example Gym Instructor, Exercise to Music and GP Referral. You will have practical experience of designing individualised physical activity programmes and delivering a range of physical activity sessions for people with long term chronic conditions and diverse needs.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication, teaching and training, motivational and time management skills and be flexible and creative in their approach to delivering physical activity health improvement programmes with the ability to travel independently across County Durham and Darlington.

Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS) formerly CRB.

For Informal Enquiries Contact: Lucy Swan (Health Improvement Specialist Physical Activity/Check4life) on 0191 5692847 or or Stewart Doyle (Health Improvement Specialist Physical Activity/Check4life) on 0191 5692847 or

Please note if you are successfully shortlisted we will contact you via the email address that you have applied from, please ensure you check your emails regularly.

We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community and actively promote equal opportunities.

The Trust has core values of Quality, Care, Respect, Leadership and Achievement which it expects all its staff to demonstrate. Full details of these are available on the Trust website:

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