AHP Physical Activity Clinical Champions (various locations)

Department of Health & Social Care


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Job summary

The Physical Activity Clinical Champions (PACC) programme is part of the Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme (MHPP) is a partnership programme led by OHID and Sport England, which aims to increase awareness, skills and change clinical practice of health professionals in the promotion of physical activity to patients at risk of, or with, health conditions.

The role of the AHP Clinical Champion is to organise and deliver standardised peer-to-peer online training on physical activity in clinical care to other NHS health care professionals. While the national teams will use communication strategies and wider engagement to build awareness for the clinical champions training, which will lead to expressions of interest from potential attendees, the Clinical Champion will also be expected to advertise the sessions themselves by making use of their networks and building relationships with local, regional and national stakeholders.

Roles are based across East of England, South East, South West, North East & North West. We are particularly interested in applications from Healthcare Professionals working in East of England, South East and North West, North East and South West though we will be accepting applications from all locations in England. Please note, during the sifting process, applications from preferred locations will be prioritised.

6 roles are available across these locations (not in each). 12 hours per month. 

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide professional leadership working with partners, including Local Authorities, ICSs, Royal Colleges, Active Partnerships and Foundation Trusts. They will improve public health through driving behavioural changes towards healthier lifestyles, helping fellow professionals to support individuals to take more responsibility for their health and initiating a culture shift with respect to physical activity within their, and other, clinical professions.

The Clinical Champion will support the team’s efforts to activate and integrate lifestyle behaviour change into clinical practice across the life course, with a primary focus on physical activity.

The role reports to the MHPP Clinical Champions Project Manager.

Assessment - to demonstrate your teaching style, you will be asked to prepare a 10-minute online educational presentation using teams to present on “Physical activity within patient care” aimed at a specific clinical audience imagining that the Interview Panel are that audience. This will be followed by around five minutes of questions and answers.

The posts are contracted to 31st December 2022, with a possibility to extend past this date.

About us

These roles are part of the Office of Health Improvement & Disparities, part of the Department for Health and Social Care. OHID provides strategic leadership and vision for protecting and improving the nation’s health. Its ambition is to lead nationally and enable locally a transformation in the health expectations of all people in England regardless of where they live and the circumstance of their birth. It is a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy to advise and support government, local authorities, and the NHS in a professionally independent manner.

Job description

Job responsibilities


As a clinical champion the post-holder will:

Link with training leads in NHS trusts to identify training opportunities with their respective health professional cohorts and deliver a standard training package (which you will be trained to deliver) to groups of NHS HCPs in hospitals or in the community / primary care setting.

Engage with and promote collaborative partnerships and projects designed to support implementation of evidenced based interventions to reduce inactivity and promote physical activity across the life course at health-enhancing levels at national, regional and local levels.

Strengthen local capacity and leadership for physical activity by supporting the development of, and delivering, training and capacity building across the health system.

Recognise the complexity of enabling people to get physical activity; that wider determinants of health affect people differently; and that work of PACC’s should contribute towards reducing health inequalities in line with OHID’s core objective

Engage with OHID’s infrastructure (governance groups, stakeholder engagement, academic partnerships, networks, strategy, planning and guidance) and use this insight to enable clinicians and clinical networks to deliver coherent evidence-based information relating to physical activity to patients, and practical interventions in their everyday practice.

Support appropriate engagement in physical activity across the life course across professional boundaries and the whole health and social care economy.

Support the evaluation of the programme by collecting data and ensuring timely completion of forms for each training session.


· Identify, discuss and action own professional performance and training / development needs with your line manager through appraisal / individual development plan. Attending internal / external training events

· To participate in all mandatory training as required, i.e. fire safety, information governance and all other mandatory training.


The post holder will develop working relationships and communicate regularly with a wide range of individuals, clinical and non-clinical, internal and external to OHID. This will include;


· OHID Physical Activity team, including the National Lead for Physical Activity and Healthy Weight and National Programme Manager for Physical Activity

· Local Clinical Champions multi-disciplinary team, including the Lead Clinical Champions

· OHID Regions and Place teams, including Centre Physical Activity lead

· OHID Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity Division

· OHID Healthy Places Team

· Health Improvement directorate


· Healthcare professionals with an interest in physical activity in the OHID Centre geography

· AHP / Pharmacist / Psychologist Council’s or royal colleges and other equivalent bodies

· Integrated Care Systems

· Foundation trusts and CCGs

· Active Partnerships

· Local authorities

· Health Education England

· Professional bodies

· NHS England

· Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Systems

· Academic institutions

· Social enterprises, charities and other non-governmental organisations

Person Specification



  • Experience of working in a range of acute clinical settings and demonstrates good clinical decision-making skills
  • Current experience of assessing clinical skills
  • Experience of developing staff development and education programmes
  • Experience of working with staff across a range of disciplines and levels
  • Experience of formal classroom and clinical based teaching
  • Understanding of health improvement programmes and their implementation
  • Proven knowledge of role of physical activity as a tool for primary and secondary prevention, and management of long term conditions.
  • Understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement


  • Knowledge of principles and practice of public health including health needs assessment and evidence base strategies to address health inequalities

Equality and Diversity


  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and good working relationships.



  • Degree-educated Registered health care practitioner with current respective registration
  • Member of relevant professional body
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
  • Capacity to work 12 hours per month, and able to work flexibly to deliver sessions within and beyond usual 9-5 working hours when needed


  • Mentorship qualification
  • Practice Teacher Qualification or equivalent or willingness to work towards

Skills and Capabilities


  • Exceptional online teaching and presentation skills using MS Teams, able to engage audience and deliver information in an interesting way.
  • Must be able to prioritise own work effectively.
  • Experience of creating and managing stakeholder relationships with a range of different people. Must be willing to build relationships and engage with new stakeholders in order to actively promote and organise sessions when needed.
  • Confident using IT systems, in particular MS Teams and SharePoint, and willing to adapt to new software if and when needed.


  • Knowledge of the principles of Motivational Interviewing techniques

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Department of Health & Social Care


Quarry House

Quarry Hill


West Yorkshire


Employer's website

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

25 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8a


£25.99 an hour AfC Band 8a (£25.99 per hour)


Fixed term


8 months

Working pattern

Annualised hours

Reference number


Job locations

Quarry House

Quarry Hill


West Yorkshire


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