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Public health priority based training

The priority based training offers a wide range of courses and development opportunities. The drop down headings below give further information and booking details for each course. ​

Click to expandWinter Friends

In preparation for the 2017/18 winter we are now providing further Winter Friends briefing sessions to ‘new’ voluntary or public organisations to increase and enhance the existing Winter Friends network.

The Winter Friend network has been steadily growing over the past 2 winters ensuring that vulnerable residents who are most susceptible to cold weather increase their resilience. Winter Friends on completing a chosen briefing method will understand which evidence based interventions or programmes enable vulnerable people to get the support they may need to increase their winter resilience. Completing a Winter Wellbeing Plan containing sign posting information will ensure Winter Friends identify the most appropriate support.

Briefing sessions will be available in 2 formats to ensure all Winter Friends are accessing the same information and free signposting tools.

  • Small organisations (under 10 employees/ volunteers) we recommend our ‘electronic’ briefing. This will enable you and your colleagues to access Winter Friends information quickly and easily at the convenience of your service
  • Medium organisations (over 10 employees/ volunteers) we recommend that a short 30 minute briefing session is delivered to your employees and/or volunteers. We can arrange attendance which is flexible around your availability for example a team meeting or development session

To register your expression of interest to become a Winter Friend and help us determine which briefing method may be needed can you please tell us:

  • what parts of the city you cover i.e. city wide, South, East, West (or areas e.g. Harehills, Chapeltown)?
  • the number of people (employees/volunteers) who will be carrying out the role

Please email the relevant information to: Richard.Porter@leeds.gov.uk

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Click to expandChange4Life - Children and Family Healthy Lifestyles

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If you are a teacher or frontline practitioner then the FREE training courses on using the Change4Life messages and resources to improve children and family healthy lifestyles are designed for you. Delivered by the Children and Families Public Health team, there are two courses available:


Change4Life Fun Day and supporting healthy lifestyles - Training for Schools
This two hour course gives you all you need to know to run the child-led Change4Life Fun Day and Swapathon, a successful Leeds initiative which uses games to deliver health messages in a playful, interactive way and encourages families to make small swaps to healthier lifestyles. It is a particularly effective way to engage parents and makes a great activity for School Health Weeks. .


Change4Life Fun Day and supporting healthy lifestyles - Training for Practitioners
​​FREE training course on Change4Life messages and resources to improve children and family healthy lifestyles. The course is suitable for frontline practitioners and managers and delivered by the Children and Families Public Health team. This two hour course introduces a range of Change4Life resources for practitioners working in the community to bring to life the Change4Life messages with families.

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For training dates and to book a place see our Change4Life Training for Practitioners calendar and Schools Change4Life Fun Day Training calendar.

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Click to expandLeeds Alcohol and Drugs Training Programme 2017/18 – Forward Leeds

Forward Leeds are offering training courses to increase knowledge, confidence and skills on a range of drug and alcohol topics including:

  • Alcohol - Identification and Brief Advice (1 Day) Adult Workforce
  • Alcohol - Identification and Brief Advice (1 Day) Children, Families and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Drugs - Information and Brief Advice (1 Day)
  • Relationship between Alcohol and Domestic Abuse (½ Day)
  • Basic awareness of substance Use and Mental Health (½ Day)
  • New Psychoactive Substances (½ Day)

Further information is available in the Forward Leeds Training Programme guide (PDF 269KB).

To book a place or for more information please email prevention@forwardleeds.co.uk When booking a place, please state the training session and date in your email.​​​​​​​

Click to expand3 in 1/C-Card sexual health

If you work with young people aged between 13 to 25yrs and want to offer sexual health support such as free condoms through the C-Card scheme, this 3 in 1 sexual health training will be helpful for you.

Prerequisite 
Before accessing this training, you and your organisation will need to be able to meet the 3 in 1 Quality Standards (see below) and become a member of the 3 in 1 scheme. You will also need to have completed a minimum of Level 1 Safeguarding training. The course is open to all and runs over two mornings.  

There are three different courses available:

3 in 1 training course
On this course you will gain:
-Increased understanding of Sex & the Law
-Increased understanding of confidentiality
-Increased confidence in providing information and support to young people  around sexual health
-Increased understanding of pregnancy choices
-Increased knowledge of how to signpost to other sexual health services in the city
-Increased understanding of local and national sexual health campaigns


You will also learn:
-How to register for the C-Card scheme (including, Fraser Competence) 
-How to distribute the C-Card scheme
-How to administer the Pregnancy Testing scheme
-How to support a young person to complete a Chlamydia screening test

3 in 1 Refresher course
If you have previously completed the main 3 in 1 course, you are eligible to attend the 3 in 1 refresher course. This course lasts two hours and you will be required to attend a refresher course every three years. 

C-Card Pick Up Training
This course is for those organisations who do not have the capacity or a confidential space to do a C-Card consultation. This short training course lasts between 1-2 hours and will provide you with information about the C-Card scheme. As a result of attending the course, you will be able to offer free condoms to C-Card holders or signpost a young person to their local 3 in 1 service.

Booking for all three courses
If you are interested in booking onto any of these courses or would like further information, please contact Dawn Smallwood on 0113 395 2875 or email dawn.smallwood@leeds.gov.uk   

3 in 1 Quality Standards. 


To become a 3 in 1 site all organisations must meet the following standards:

1. the environment is clean and hygienic  
2. there is a safe and confidential space to offer a confidential service 3. access to a toilet  
4. clear confidentiality statements are displayed and reinforced verbally before the beginning of any consultation  
5. all staff must have been on 3 in 1 training within the last 3 years   6. staff have a friendly, positive and non-judgemental approach and the ability to communicate with young people 
7. staff are confident in going through all the stages of the consultation check list (including Fraser competencies) and have the ability to discuss sexual health issues comfortably and appropriately
8. consideration should be given to the age and understanding of the young person seeking to access the service to assess whether they are at risk  
9. all staff must adhere to the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board protocol and be aware of the safeguarding contact within their organisation and how to initiate a safeguarding procedure 
10. each organisation must have and provide their own Health and Safety Policy

These standards have been compiled with information from young people, National C-Card Guidelines, the Innovations Working group and the Department of Health ‘You’re Welcome’ Criteria.”   ​​​​​

C card scheme further information

Click to expandIntroduction to Young People’s Sexual Health

Introduction to Young People’s Sexual Health – free 1 day course

If you work with young people aged between 13 -25 years, but lack confidence and knowledge about young people’s sexual health issues, then this training will be helpful for you.

This course will:

  • Offer an opportunity to reflect on attitudes and values around young people and sex
  • Increase your understanding of the influences on young people that can affect their sexual behaviour
  • Raise your understanding of confidentiality and consent issues in relation sexual health work
  • Outline different types of contraception and sexually transmitted infections
  • Build your confidence in discussing sexual health with young people
  • Increase your knowledge of sexual health services in the city

This course covers basic awareness for those with little or no experience in dealing with young people’s sexual health issues. This is not a clinical course and does not cover delivery of sessions or the teaching of sex and relationships education.

Who is it for?

The course is for anyone working directly with young people aged 13-25 years, with little or no experience of sexual health work. It is a good precursor to the 3 in 1 course for those that need more background knowledge or want to explore whether sexual health work is for them before joining the scheme.

The course runs 10am – 3.30pm at the Public Health Resource Centre, Technorth, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3NB.

If you are interested in booking onto this course or would like further information, please contact Dawn Smallwood on dawn.smallwood@leeds.gov.uk

Click to expandBreast feeding and relationship building

This two day course fulfils the training requirements of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and you will cover:
 
-the knowledge and skills to support mothers to breastfeed for as long as they want 
-how to encourage responsive and loving mother baby and family relationships whatever the chosen feeding method. 

Please note that you will need to complete this course every two years.

Booking information: To book on this course, please contact Sarah Slater charlotte.abbott@leeds.gov.uk on 0113 3784718. ​​​​​

Click to expandFinancial inclusion

Are you a frontline worker? If so the "Small changes big savings" resource pack is designed to assist you to deliver budgeting workshops to groups, or to work with individuals in the community.
 
The resource pack contains session plans, hand-outs and activities and covers topics such as:
-Managing your money
-Cheap days out 
-Borrowing and debt
-Making a budget plan 

There are hard copies available to borrow at the Public Health Resource Centre as well as a large pull up for advertising a session.

For further information on this training resource, please contact Tina Leslie, Health Improvement Practitioner on tina.leslie@leeds.gov.uk or 0777 9537350.   ​​​

Click to expandFood and physical activity

If you are a frontline worker, this FREE one day Healthy Living Training course will enable you to effectively deliver messages around healthy lifestyles, food and physical activity. 

This course includes:
-Common beliefs and influences around food and physical activity   
-The Eatwell guide 
-Food hygiene
-Physical activity

Learning Outcomes:
The aim of this course is to increase your understanding of the principles of healthy eating, safe food practices and the importance of being physically activity.

By the end of the session you should be able to:
-Describe how healthy choices could be made easier for individuals
-Understand the components of the Eatwell guide and the evidence based healthy eating messages which should be promoted
-List food hygiene good practices which should be promoted
-Understand the consistent message around physical activity

If you are interested in booking onto this course or would like further information, please contact Charlotte Abbott
Direct Dial: 0113 37 84420​
Email charlotte.abbott2@leeds.gov.uk

Healthy Living Training is delivered by Leeds Community Health Care Dietetics, and Leeds City Council’s Active Leeds Development Team.​​

Click to expandHealth and domestic violence

For further information on training courses available on health and domestic violence, please contact Michelle Sheppard  - Health and Domestic Violence Coordinator on either:  michelle.sheppard@leeds.gov.uk   or 0113 395 7599. ​​​​​​​​

Click to expandHelping Hand training

On this one day course you cover:
-the Helping Hand Framework 
-developing your skills in using collaborative and strengths-based solutions to support families with complex and enduring needs 

Target audience: 
Early Start practitioners

Booking information: 
To book onto this course, please contact Sarah Slater on either 0113 3784718 or sarah.slater@leeds.gov.uk

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Click to expandHENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young)

If you are a practitioner, this range of four free HENRY training programmes will help you to support families to develop a healthier lifestyle. 

HENRY core training (2 days)
HENRY advanced training (1 day)
HENRY group facilitation training (2 days)
HENRY healthy Start in childcare (1 day)

All HENRY training is coordinated by Jackie Moores, Advanced Health Improvement Specialist Early Years. For general enquiries, please contact Jackie on jackie.moores@leeds.gov.uk    

HENRY core training
On this two day course you will cover: -principles and practice of the HENRY approach to preventing child obesity -support skills for working with parents and carers of young children

Target audience: 
Practitioners working with families of young children including health visitors, community nursery nurses, children’s centre workers, third sector organisations, child care providers, nutritionists and dietitians.

Booking information: 
To book onto this course, please contact Charlotte Abbott on either 0113 3784718 or charlotte.abbott@leeds.gov.uk

HENRY advanced training 
On this one day course you will cover how to undertake structured one-to-one work with parents using an outcomes-based support tool.

Please note that you need to have attended the HENRY Core training before attending this course 
  
Target audience: 
Family outreach workers and community nursery nurses

Booking information: 
To book onto this course, please contact Charlotte Abbott on either 0113 3784718 or charlotte.abbott@leeds.gov.uk

HENRY group facilitation training 

On this two day course you will cover learning the skills needed to lead the 8-week HENRY group programme for families.

Please note that you need to have attended the HENRY Core training before attending this course.
  
Target audience: 
Family outreach workers and community nursery nurses

Booking information: 
To book onto this course, please contact Charlotte Abbott on either 0113 3784718 or charlotte.abbott@leeds.gov.uk

HENRY Healthy Start in childcare 
On this one day course you will cover the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to a healthy start within childcare settings

Target audience: 
Nursery day care staff and child-minders. 

Booking information:
To book onto this course, please email Ann Hunter on: fspt@leeds.gov.uk ​​​​

Click to expandMental Health Training

Community Links is an award winning non-profit provider of mental health and wellbeing services in Yorkshire and the Humber. They offer support for people with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, psychosis, alcohol and substance misuse and personality disorder.

Community Links offers award winning mental health awareness and personal development training including:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – 2 day
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – 2 day
  • Responding to self-harm in young people – 1 day
  • SafeTALK (Suicide Prevention and Awareness) – 3 hours
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) – 2 day

For more information, please view our Mental Health Training Information document (PDF 0.2MB).​​

Click to expandNutrition champions training

Meeting Nutritional Needs is a key requirement throughout health and social care. 

To help the Older People Matters Food group address this issue we are looking for individuals in every health and social care setting to become a Nutrition Champion.

What is a Nutrition Champion?
A Nutrition Champion will be a person who has interest in good nutrition who will act as focal point in the unit to encourage good nutritional practices. As a Nutrition Champion you will promote good nutrition and hydration based on the key themes of the Leeds Food Consensus, will be involved in taking the lead in involving colleagues, patients /residents, family and community members in the service’s work in nutrition and lead in a project to develop the unit’s practice in nutrition. Training and personal development will be available to all Nutrition Champions to help support them to undertake any their role.

The Champions should have enthusiasm, commitment, confidence, the ability to promote good nutrition, a passion for their work and the wish to inspire others to deliver good nutritional care. 

What is your commitment?
The champions will need to discuss becoming a champion with senior managers and be released to attend an initial half-day training courses and 2 CPD events from the available 4 per year. The champions will be required to play a key role in the promotion of nutrition and hydration messages in the workplace.

Training Availability

  • 17 March 2017 – 9.30am-12.30pm – Public Health Resource Centre, Technorth
  • 27 September 2017 – 9.30am-12.30pm – Public Health Resource Centre, Technorth

If you are interested in becoming a Nutrition Champion then can you please email your name and email address to Robert.baldwin@leeds.gov.uk .

In return you will be provided with a ‘Leeds Food Consensus’ self-assessment form which will require completing. The self-assessment form will enable your organisation to identify a Nutritional Champion who would attend the Friday 27 February training.

If you would like to nominate a staff member or you require further information on the role of Nutrition Champion then please contact Richard Porter on Richard.Porter@leeds.gov.uk

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Click to expandOral health promotion of children, young people and adults

If you are part of service or group that has direct contact with the public, this FREE training will help you to promote effective oral health care for children and adult groups. 

Oral Health promotion is delivered by the Oral Health Promotion team of Leeds Community Healthcare.

Booking information:
To book on this course or to find out more, please contact Kathryn Fox on: Kathryn.fox@nhs.net 

Click to expandResponding to self-harm in young people

This course will enable you to learn about the symptoms, risk factors and warning signs of self-harm and consider appropriate responses and the support available to those who self-injure. At the end of the course you will be able:
-Define self-harm
-Explore the meanings behind self-harming behaviour
-Review treatment and support for those who self-injure
-Explore policy issues 

This course is for those with little or no experience of working with young people (aged 11-18 years) who self-harm. Exploring the myths and reality, it provides participants with an opportunity to begin thinking about the issues around young people who engage in self-harming behaviours.

The course focuses defining what self-harm is; the possible meanings and intentions underlying those behaviours; appropriate ways of responding; and policy considerations in order to best manage incidents of self-harm.

This is a one day course.  The course fee is £99 per person, however, if you work with young people Leeds you may be eligible for a bursary which will reduce the price to £50.

For more information about this bursary, please contact the team on training@commlinks.co.uk​ ​​

Click to expandStop smoking training

If you are a busy professional working in Leeds and would like to gain confidence in raising the issue of stopping smoking, these FREE short courses are perfect for you. 

There are two sessions to choose from, these are:

30 minute session
This 30 minute session, run by the knowledgeable Specialist Stop Smoking Advisors from the Leeds NHS Stop Smoking Service can be delivered within your team meeting.  

The session will cover:
-How to engage with smokers
-Referral pathways
-About the NHS Leeds Stop Smoking Service
-Information about citywide clinics
-Physical addition and psychological dependence 

To register your interest or to find out more, please call 0800 169 4219 or email: stopsmokingleeds@nhs.net

Half day session
This half day (3 ½ hour) training session will help you to raise the subject of stopping smoking with your patients or service users.

The course is aimed at professionals working across Leeds who only have a few minutes to raise the issue of smoking with their patients/clients.

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
-Describe the smoking situation in Leeds and the dangers of smoking 
-Ask about smoking in an appropriate way and establish smoking status  -Provide tailored information about quitting 
-Explain the health risks of smoking and the benefits of stopping 
-Describe how smoking creates a behavioural and physical dependence 
-Describe the treatments to help with stopping smoking  -Present the local services to clients 
-Refer clients to appropriate specialist services and contribute to achieving local targets.

This course is delivered by Leeds NHS Stop Smoking Service.
  
If you are interested in booking onto this course or would like further information, please call 0800 169 4219 or email stopsmokingleeds@nhs.net or see the link below.

Stop smoking course booking link

Click to expandYouth Mental Health First Aid

This course teaches participants how to recognise and respond appropriately to signs of mental ill health in young people aged 11-18 years.  

By the end of this course, you will be able to:   
-Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people
-Feel confident helping a young person
-Provide help on a first aid basis
-Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
-Help a young person recover faster
-Guide a young person towards the right support
-Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

This course teaches participants how to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of mental ill-health in young people. It provides information about topics such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol and drug use and explains the impact that mental ill-health in young people can have on adolescent development. A practical, skills based approach helps participants gain the confidence to of​fer meaningful support to young people in distress.

YMHFA is an internationally recognised two-day course specifically designed for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 11 - 18.

This course costs £150 per person, however, there is a YMHFA bursary is available to those working with young people in Leeds who are at risk of developing mental health problems. If eligible for the bursary, the course cost reduces to £50 per person.  ​​

To book a place on this course, please call 0845 838 9928 or email training@commlinks.co.uk

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