Perspectives on the current Health Trainer occupational role: a qualitative study of contemporary Health Trainers

Middleton, Geoff and Williams, Rachel and Kane, Ros and Henderson, Hannah and Windard, Donna and Crust, Lee and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2016) Perspectives on the current Health Trainer occupational role: a qualitative study of contemporary Health Trainers. In: Public Health England Conference 2016, 13-14 Sep 2016, University of Warwick.

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Abstract

Introduction: The Health Trainer (HT) role has considerable diversity and polarisation in Public Health service provision across England. Based on a nascent literature on the HT occupational role, the purpose of this study was to build on the understanding of this complex community-based role by exploring the views and perspectives on the occupational role from HTs themselves and their experiences.
Methods: 24 Health Trainers (aged 19-55yrs) were recruited to the study (average: 2.3yrs in service). Semi-structured focus groups (3) allowed participants to discuss their experiences regarding their occupational role and this was digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analysed through a process of thematic analysis from a concept-driven design.
Results: Key themes highlighted that HT were suffering from an identity crisis and blurring roles with other professionals. Indeed, they felt alienated and undervalued as a workforce and reported difficulty in communicating with other health professionals. The role was more challenging than ever, having to handle unexpected and complex needs of clients, which they felt overwhelmed and insufficiently trained in dealing with. HTs also recognised that career progression was unclear and potentially stagnating.
Conclusion: The data collected displayed considerable insight into the current perspectives of those involved in undertaking HT duties. The views shared by the HTs have revealed the current challenges to the efficiency of the HT service and highlighted the concerns regarding role recognition and career development in the Public Health workforce.

Keywords:Health Trainer, Public Health workforce, qualitative research
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
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ID Code:24247
Deposited On:25 Sep 2016 08:27

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