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Phil  Godfrey

Phil Godfrey BSc (Hons)

Health Promotion Officer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6253 ext. 6253 Room no. RM154

Biography

Phil has a background in delivering health interventions and previously worked for a sports national governing body and 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.

Phil is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Outside of work Phil is a competitive cyclist and races on the road and in cyclocross events. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Phil delivers training in behaviour change techniques to students and also members of the NHS and other organisations.

    Phil delivers training in behaviour change techniques to students and also members of the NHS and other organisations. He is qualified to deliver the MECC train-the-trainer course and has delivered this to the NHS and a regional ambulance trust.

  2. Awards

    Phil has been awarded the 2016 Active Workplace Award Winner and was awarded the 2017 Active Workplace Award runner up.
    Phil has been awarded the 2016 Active Workplace Award Winner and was awarded the 2017 Active Workplace Award runner up.

    Phil was also nominated for a 2018 Staff Award in the Continuous Improvement category.

  3. Industry experience

    Phil has eight years’ experience in the health and sport industry.
  4. Research interests

    Phil is currently undertaking research to investigate if opportunistic health checks with a healthy conversation session...

    Phil is currently undertaking research to investigate if opportunistic health checks with a healthy conversation session, performed within the workplace setting, are effective in identifying undiagnosed cardiovascular disease risk factors in individuals within and outside the NHS health check age range (40-75).

    Phil is also interested in the efficacy of point of choice messages in influencing behaviour to increase stair climbing.

  5. Work in progress

    Phil is currently undertaking training to become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the aim of training others to become MH First Aiders.

    Phil is qualified in Mental Health First Aid so is able to identify, understand and help students who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

    He is currently undertaking training to become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the aim of training others to become MH First Aiders.