Health and Wellbeing Coach

What does the role involve?

Health and Wellbeing Coaches holistically support patients’ wider health and well-being, public health, and contribute to the reduction of health inequalities. This is done by:

  • working in partnership with health, social care, and community and voluntary sector providers and multi-disciplinary teams
  • providing education and specialist expertise to health staff to improve their skills and understanding of personalised care and behavioural approaches
  • raising awareness within a Primary Care Network of tools that enable shared-decision making.

Health and Wellbeing Coaches usually carry a caseload of patients who it is deemed would most benefit from health coaching. The aim is to work with patients to identify their goals and support them in managing their own health and wellbeing and live independently.

What benefit does this role bring to primary care?

This role will play an increasingly important role with Primary Health Care teams, supporting patients to make positive choices that will enable them to live healthier lives and therefore relieving the burden of ill-health within the practice population. They work closely as part of the team, and in particular with social prescribing linkworkers.

What is the career pathway?

The Health and Wellbeing Coach must have access to regular supervision from a health coaching mentor. In addition to this, formal and individual group coaching supervision must come from a suitably qualified or experienced health coaching supervisor.

The skills acquired in undertaking this role may lead to other opportunities for training within health care, such as training in nursing, health visiting or one of the Allied Health Professions, or as a lifestyle coach or personal fitness trainer within the private sector.

Please find the latest Workforce Development Framework here

NHS England » Workforce development framework for health and wellbeing coaches

What training opportunities exist?

For Health and Wellbeing Coaches employed under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme, they should be enrolled in, undertaking or qualified from appropriate health coaching training covering topics outlined in the NHS England and NHS Improvement Implementation and Quality Summary Guide, available here.

Where can I find additional resources and best practice guidance?

Health and Wellbeing Coaches are expected to adhere to a code of ethics and conduct in line with the NHS England and NHS Improvement Health coaching Implementation and Quality Summary Guide. This, and other resources relating to the role, can be found here.

Is there any recruitment funding available to Primary Care Networks?

This is a role that is included in the Additional Roles Recruitment Scheme from April 2020. Primary Care Networks may therefore be able to access funding via the CCG to cover salary and on costs. You can find out more about the scheme and workforce planning by contacting the GP Forward View Leads who work with the CCG’s Primary Care Team and by referring to the information in the links below:

There is also information in the appendices of this document:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Network-Contract-DES-Specification-PCN-Requirements-and-Entitlements-2020-21-October-FINAL.pdf

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