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New public health qualification is introduced

Royal Institute Of Public Health : 22 October, 2007  (New Product)
The first workplace health trainer in England has been presented with her Royal Institute of Public Health qualification in 'Understanding Health Improvement'.
Audrey Carlin received the qualification from Dawn Primarolo MP Minister of State (Public Health) at the 'National Conference of Health' which took place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London.

The 'Understanding Health Improvement' qualification, developed with support from the Department of Health, complements the government's determination to tackle health inequalities. The qualification helps employers support the health and wellbeing of their staff, and assists front-line staff - such as housing officers, police and probation workers, school teachers, community and youth workers, gym and fitness instructors, sports coaches and others - equipping them to motivate and support individuals to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Delegates from local authorities, private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector organisations attended the conference and heard the minister describe the considerable impact health training is already having on the health of some of the country's most disadvantaged communities.

Improving the health of employees gives business benefits - such as reduced staff sickness and absence rates leading to improved productivity and profits, lower staff turnover and improved staff retention, as well as supporting an 'employer of choice' culture. Employees feel more valued and develop increased morale.

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, chair of the Royal Institute of Public Health Council, commented: 'Health is now everyone's business, and this new qualification is a tremendous opportunity for anyone interested in promoting good health to get started on the skills ladder of helping people adopt healthier ways of living.'

'The Department of Health has supported us in the development of this new qualification and it is a testament to its value that so many organisations are choosing it for their staff.'
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