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The Health Trainer programme in Wessex

More qualitative data is required to understand the impact that Health Trainer intervention has on individuals

Local programme evaluations undertaken across the UK of Health Trainers (HT) have used both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, including secondary analysis of the DCRS, interviews with clients, stakeholders and focus groups with Health Trainers.

The DH Health Trainer Programme Central Team and British Psychological Society Consultants to the DH Central Team identified a need for more qualitative data to capture the impact that a Health Trainer intervention has on individuals, including the broader impact on the health of their families and communities.


LSBU were commissioned to analyse nearly 200 case stories. The analysis provides a convincing account of the impact of the HT programme not only in relation to health behaviour change but also its impact on personal development and confidence, which allowed clients to try new things and overcome challenges in their lives.

The project commenced in 2013 and is due to complete in 2013. It has been carried out by academics from our School of Health and Social Care who are carrying out research under the theme of Workforce Innovation, Development and Education. Members of the LSBU project team are Prof Jane Wills and Dr Ava Lorenc. To find out more about them, search our People Finder. The funding body for this project is Health Education Wessex.