Keep Healthy

Become a Health Champion

Why the Better Health at Work Awards?

Improving the health of the adult population through initiatives undertaken in the workplace has enormous potential, and the award encourages local workplaces to make a contribution to improving the health of the people of the North East. The awards have been taken forward by all of the region's twelve Local Authorities, the NHS and the Northern TUC, with the support and endorsement from Public Health England.

On route to achieving the Bronze Award, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust embarked on health and wellbeing campaigns such as; establishing an in house running group, holding a work out at work day, weight management sessions, and stress at work days, as well as joining in with national campaigns such as Alcohol Awareness week, and Dry January.

We are now beginning our application for the next step in the process, the Silver Award by looking at sustainable health projects that fit around the multiple shift patterns within the Trust, and helping to motivate staff to make small changes that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Health Champions are the foundation of this application.


What do Health Champions do?

Health Champions can support campaigns in a variety of ways;

  • leading an activity, i.e. a lunchtime walk or weight management group
  • championing initiatives and encouraging others to take part
  • signposting colleagues to sources of support, advice and information
  • distribute posters and leaflets promoting campaigns and events
  • obtain feedback and suggestions from staff on health and wellbeing activities


Why do we need more Health Champions?

We are hoping to increase the reach of our health campaigns in 2016.  To do this we need to recruit even more Health Champions in as many wards, departments and directorates, across the Trust as possible.

You will need consent and full support from your line manager to become a Health Champion.



Q: What support will I get?

A: Charlotte Dodson has recently come into post as Health Improvement Practitioner (Better health at Work), and will be working with, and supporting Health Champions to drive the health at work initiative.

You will also have the support of the growing team of Health Champions within the Trust.


Q: How do I become a Health Champion?

A: An application form can be requested from Charlotte. You will need your line manager’s permission to become a Health Champion.

You must communicate Health campaigns with your line manager and ask for permission to attend training if it falls during your usual working hours.


Q: Are training and meetings compulsory?

A: Training is compulsory in order to become a Health Champion.

However you can start working on health campaigns before you have completed your induction training.  Attending induction training in your first six months will help you to manage campaigns successfully.

It is not compulsory to attend team meetings; however this is where information and guidance on the latest campaigns will be shared. It is also advisable to attend to share good practice with other Health Champions.


Q: What if I cannot make a training session?

A: If you cannot attend training Charlotte or another Health Champion will relay relevant information.


Q: How will I know what campaigns are running within the trust?

A: Charlotte will communicate all campaigns with Health Champions and roll out materials.


Q: I have an idea for a health campaign; can I run it in my ward/department?

A: All health campaigns ideas should be communicated with Charlotte so that ideas can be shared with the wider group of health Champions, and also evaluated and used as evidence for the Better Health at Work Awards.


Where can I get more information?

For more information about the North East Better Health at Work Awards

To become a Health Champion please complete the form here and return it to

For any other queries about better health at work please contact

Charlotte Dodson, Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced (Better Health at Work)

e: or t: 20777