The health improvement practitioner training is designed for people who are new to the HIP role. To attend you need to have employment as a HIP in a general practice. HIP training is designed both to develop the knowledge and skills for the health improvement practitioner (HIP) role and to provide support to apply this in daily practice. For this to be successful there are three phases to the training.
Training – a four-day face to face training, or eight half-days virtual training
Pre-practicum – one day shadowing an experienced HIP and one day with a HIP trainer establishing relationships with the primary care team
Practicum – one day of observed practice at three and six months, attendance at regular webinars and ongoing coaching.
Te Pou has been rolling out health improvement practitioner training since February 2020, using an American behavioural health care model developed by Patti Robinson and Kurt Strosahl. Throughout 2020, a review was undertaken to align the content of the HIP training to a New Zealand context, reflecting adult learning principles. Based on the feedback we received, some changes were incorporated and the new training structure was rolled out in January 2021. Te Pou also works with a group of experienced and dedicated HIP trainers in New Zealand to deliver this training.
The learning outcomes are:
- Consistently practices within the primary care behaviour health model.
- Use behavioural health techniques and tools to explore diverse people’s health situations and progress them towards improved health and hauora.
- Work collaboratively to offer and promote integrated care within a primary care context.
- What is a HIP
- Evidence supporting the HIP roles
- The New Zealand context
- HIP visits
- Initial visit
- Follow up visit
- Culture and primary care
- Focussed acceptance commitment therapy (fACT)
- Psychological flexibility
- Integrating into a GP practice
- Tools and techniques
- Other services
- HIP wellbeing
- Persistent pain
- Kernels of behavioural change
- Psychological distress
- Childhood challenges
- Long-term conditions
Watch this video to learn more about the HIP training from Marcia Sasano, a master HIP trainer and our training lead for the integrated primary mental health and addiction programme.