Workplace health champions

Workplace health champions are members of staff who promote health and wellbeing within their organisation, working closely with management, HR, and employees to develop health and wellbeing initiatives.

Find out more about the role of the Workplace Health Champion.

The workplace health champion is a voluntary role.

They would be someone in the workplace who:

  • has an enthusiasm and interest in health and wellbeing
  • is approachable and helpful
  • has a basic understanding of healthy lifestyles

As part of their health and wellbeing programme, many employers have workplace health champions in place. The leaflet which is downloadable gives information on the role which you may wish to use when advertising for workplace health champions within your business.

The Workplace Champions responsibilities

What are Workplace Health Champions?

Workplace health champions are members of staff who promote health and wellbeing within the organisation, working closely with management, HR and employees to develop health and wellbeing initiatives utilising skills, interests and passions of staff. The Workplace Health Champion is a voluntary role. A workplace health champion is someone in the workplace who would generally have an enthusiasm for and interest in
health & wellbeing, have the ability to be approachable and helpful and have a basic understanding of healthy lifestyles.

What will a Health & Wellbeing Champion do?

A workplace health champion will:

  • Spot areas of improvement in the physical workspace and engage with line managers to develop solutions
  • Offer signposting to services where colleagues could get information and support to improve lifestyle issues.
  • Engage external speakers to come into the organisation to hold workshops on health and wellbeing of staff.
  • Promote national health and wellbeing events throughout the organisation such as putting up publicity posters, giving out leaflets for health campaigns such as Stoptober and Stress Awareness Day.
  • Promote healthy activities within the immediate works environment, for example walking or running groups, stair challenges etc.
  • Promote wellbeing activities such as reading groups, cooking, baking groups, arts and crafts.
  • Support managers and HR to promote health and wellbeing activities within the workplace.
  • Support staff to take up health and wellbeing opportunities in the workplace
  • Be the point of contact in the team for any colleague who wants to know and find out more on health and wellbeing activities
  • Act as conduit between management and staff

Training and support

Workplace Health Champions will be able to attend a days training course offered by us. This training course has been designed to be accessible to all employees and managers regardless of their qualifications and skills. The training will cover the background to health and behaviour change, practical experience of supporting staff and action planning to take the work forward.

How much time does the Health Champion role require?

Employers should allow paid time for Workplace Health Champions to undertake their role: 

  • Attend the training course (1 day).
  • Attend meetings with management staff to develop and plan ideas for the workplace.
  • Support and run activities.
  • Attend quarterly local network meetings with other businesses where ideas can be shared and learning can be taken forward. Workplace health champions should let their manager know when they are undertaking work connected with the champion role.

How long is the health champion role for?

As long as a Health Champion would like, there is no time limit. From time to time the employer may check if the health champion wants to continue.

What happens if a health champion no longer wants to be in the role?

It’s a voluntary role- life changes, health champions may move roles, lose interest or have things going on in their own life that make it difficult to commit to being a Workplace Health Champion. That’s fine the Champion just needs to let the employer know.

Health champion training

Businesses in Barnsley that have achieved the Be Well @ Work award are invited to send their health champions on our free health champion training.

We also hold a quarterly health champion network, which is for health champions across businesses, to share good practice and exchange ideas.