Humber NHS Foundation Trust secured a new two-year contract – and the promise of a possible further two-year extension – to deliver its Health Trainer Service following a tender process organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The Health Trainer Service’s holistic approach aims to motivate people to improve their own lifestyles by offering them timely and accessible one-to-one support.
Fourteen staff working from 21 sites provide users with up to eight hour-long sessions to tackle issues such as excessive drinking, physical inactivity, poor diet, loneliness and isolation, and stress and anxiety.
Smoking cessation, sexual health and weight loss advice are also provided by staff challenged to deliver sustainable, long-term improvements.
They set patients achievable goals and may direct them to other NHS services as well as those run by the charity and voluntary sectors.
The Health Trainer staff not only operate from community hospitals in Beverley, Driffield, Hornsea and Withernsea, and from GP surgeries throughout the county, but from High Street ‘health shops’ in Bridlington and Goole.
The Health Trainer staff will soon provide a full seven-day-a-week service by offering clients evening and Sunday appointments.
They will also work with support groups to offer a dedicated service for carers, a group the Trust is particularly keen to help.