A health coach can help you to gain the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to take responsibility of your lifestyle choices and provide personalised care. They use broad knowledge of health and wellness to help you navigate a variety of health concerns and empower you to take part and be an active participant in your care and behaviour change.
The Neigbourhood Health Coaching team currently cover the Taunton and Wellington area. Each doctor’s surgery has a health coach coordinator.
Health coaches will spend time with you discussing your health and lifestyle. By listening to what really matters most to you the team will help you to identify realistic health goals and develop your confidence so you can successfully manage your own health and wellness.
Self-management of your health conditions will improve your physical and mental health and reduce your risk of developing long-term health conditions in the future.
You feel you are ready to make healthy lifestyle changes but don’t know where to start.
You may want to talk to your health coach about a range of subjects connected to your health goals including:
Health coaches provide a trusting, supportive environment to discuss the reasons behind a change and any perceived barriers.
They will help you make changes in your daily routine by:
A health coach will contact you within one week of receiving your referral.
You can expect your first coaching session to be delivered within four weeks of receiving your referral.
You can refer yourself to see a health coach by downloading and completing the self referral form here.
You will receive up to six health coaching sessions, each session is 30 minutes.
One to one coaching sessions can be by video call, telephone, or face to face within a community setting, for example, a local library, community centre, leisure centre or a walk in the park, whichever makes you feel at ease.
The following video from Somerset County Council explains why regular health checks, and in particular the need to be aware of our heart health is so important:
As you can see from the video, there are health coaches based in Taunton Library who you can speak to if you are concerned about your health.