Phil has a background in delivering health interventions and previously worked for an active travel charity where he led a 10-week lottery-funded intervention aimed at helping sedentary people become more active.
He is currently employed as a health promotion officer at Solent and his work involves him utilising the Five Ways to Wellbeing model to address key issues that impact upon the health and wellbeing of the University community. The Five Ways are a set of evidence-based actions: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. His role is to enable staff to participate in these actions more often during the working day, and beyond. Examples of initiatives recently delivered include a sit/stand desk intervention, stair climbing initiatives, health testing, pedometer challenges, social media promotions and setting up new lunchtime clubs.
Phil is an experienced healthy conversation skills trainer and uses Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and Motivational Interviewing techniques when talking to people about making lifestyle changes.
Alongside his role at Solent, Phil also works closely with Health Education England and Solent NHS Trust to aid in the delivery of MECC training. He has recently helped to develop a new Train-the-Trainer course and has been delivering a pilot version of the course across Wessex and the South West.
Outside of work Phil is a competitive cyclist and races on the road and in cyclocross events.