Turning Point and Living Well to provide new Health Trainer services

News item posted: 26 March 2015

Turning Point, the social enterprise providing mental health, learning disability and drug and alcohol services across England and Wales, and Living Well the social enterprise providing innovative health services that support people from a young age, have recently been awarded the contract to provide Health Trainer services in London's three boroughs of Westminster, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham from January 2015.

Health Trainers provide a service designed to improve wellbeing and combat the causes of chronic lifestyle-related diseases. Health Trainers are local individuals trained to identify and make contact with other local people to improve lifestyle choices such as healthy eating, weight loss, increasing physical activity and stopping smoking.  Such factors are all known to contribute to prevention of cardiovascular disease and lifestyle related cancers, the leading causes of early death. They will also identify and support people suffering from low-level mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Poor mental health and well-being can affect self-esteem and self-confidence. Helping individuals to self-manage their condition can drastically improve their quality of life and work prospects.

The team will also carry out Health Checks for those aged between 40 and 74, assessing a person's risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. This will help detect potential problems early enough to prevent them or reduce their impact on long-term health.