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Tackling public health issues using the health trainer service


A national research paper has been produced which helps commissioners understand how best to utilise the health trainer service and tackle local public health issues.


The report, Indicators of change - The adaption of the health trainer service in England, has been produced by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in collaboration with the CSU’s Data Collection and Reporting Service (DCRS) – the national system provider of choice for the service.

It is the first in a series of reports looking in depth at the different ways in which the health trainer serviceis being used across England; the extent to which it has moved away from the ‘original’ service design; and how the service is achieving its aims of supporting individuals and communities to live healthier lives.

The Data Collection and Reporting System (DCRS) also provides a strong evidence base demonstrating the success of the service in targeting ‘hard to reach’ groups, supporting behaviour change and improving the mental wellbeing of clients.

David Hopkinson, DCRS National Service Lead, said: "This report acts as a really useful resource for commissioners in understanding how best to utilise the health trainer service and tackle local public health issues.

"It demonstrates that when commissioned effectively, the health trainer service could be instrumental in achieving healthy lifestyles within communities."

The DCRS was originally commissioned in 2006 by the Department of Health's Health Trainer programme to provide a national data collection and reporting tool to quantify the outcomes and benefits of their work. It is now used by public health service provider organisations nationally, both in the public and private sector.

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