For Healthcare Professionals – Movement for Improved Health and Wellbeing Resources
Movement for Health and Wellbeing – Training, Toolkits and Guidance to Support Healthcare Professionals
Improved physical and mental wellbeing are two of the most significant benefits of physical activity.
Active Devon’s strategic theme Movement for Health and Wellbeing focusses on collaborating with healthcare professionals and advocating the value of physical activity in the health system.
Creating a closer connection between health, care and communities and having this cohesive approach enables us to grow knowledge, learn and understand together. This can increase opportunities and collectively influence health and care systems on the importance of movement.
To support this, we have sourced a range of useful resources to help guide and inform healthcare professionals, which we have listed under three headings: Training, Toolkits and Guidance. You can access the information and resource links by clicking on each section below. Plus, you can view the infographics featured, via our quick view gallery.
We recommend you have a look at all these resources and keep checking back in, as we plan to add more links going forward.
Physical Activity for the Management and Prevention of Long-Term Conditions – Training Overview:
Devon’s Physical Activity Clinical Champions, (PACCs) provide this peer-to-peer training for groups of healthcare professionals. The training sessions are offered either online or face-to-face at a time that suits local training needs. They are between one to three hours long and will improve awareness, knowledge, confidence and skills to promote physical activity to patients, to prevent and manage ill health.
Click this link to find out more, book a session and meet the PACCs.
Personalised Care Programme: Physical Activity and Severe Mental Illness – Course Overview:
This two-part online course aimed at healthcare professionals, addresses the need to tackle the inequalities faced by people with SMI, (serious mental illness) in accessing physical activity opportunities in their communities and to enable them to make informed lifestyle decisions that could help their physical and mental health.
Part 1 outlines the role of physical activity for prevention and management of all chronic diseases, and is delivered by Dr Kit Walder, GP and Physical Activity Clinical Champion, (PACC).
Part 2 explores, through lived experience and case studies, the barriers and challenges, as well as the benefits to those with SMI from becoming more active. Dr Kay Brennan (Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialty Doctor and GP, NHS Devon) is joined by a multi sector team, including Active Devon, an Exercise and Rehab Specialist, a Primary Care Network Health Coach and Mental Health Rehabilitation colleagues from the Devon NHS Partnership Trust. Guidance, information, tools and tips are also shared.
Click this link to find out more or book a place.
Physical Activity and Health E-Learning – Course Overview:
This e-learning course prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients and, in doing so, helps prevent and/or manage a range of common physical and mental health conditions. The course will familiarise the learner with the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity guidelines, the underpinning evidence base and how to incorporate it into their daily clinical care.
Click this link to access the course information.
Pregnancy and Postnatal Period: Being Active – Course Overview:
In collaboration with Public Health England and Health Education England, the This Mum Moves project developed a free e-learning module as part of the Physical Activity and Health programme. This module, which the Active Pregnancy Foundation has endorsed, raises awareness of the current national physical activity guidelines for pregnant and postnatal women and takes around 30 – 60 minutes to work through. At the end, you will also be rewarded with a certificate of completion.
Click this link to access the course information.
Find the Right Consultation – Toolkit Overview:
Moving Medicine is the ultimate resource to help healthcare professionals integrate physical activity conversations into routine clinical care, which includes step-by-step guides to physical activity conversations for a range of health conditions.
Click this link to access the resource.
Patient Info Finder – Toolkit Overview:
The Moving Medicine Patient Info Finder will take you directly to the disease specific physical activity advice you need.
Click this link to access the Patient Info Finder.
Active Pregnancy Foundation – Toolkit Overview:
The Active Pregnancy Foundation believes in a whole systems approach based on clear and consistent evidence-based messages shared by all professionals, so that pregnant and postnatal women feel reassured and empowered to make informed physical activity choices. They provide a range of professional resources which includes advice and top tips to support an active journey through pregnancy and beyond.
Click this link to access the range of professional resources.
Active Hospitals – Toolkit Overview:
Active Hospitals, provided by Moving Medicine, aims to change the physical activity culture within hospitals to encourage patients to move more. Their toolkit can help you to create your own Active Hospital.
Click this link to create your own Active Hospital.
Physical Activity Hub: Active Practice Charter – Toolkit Overview:
Sign up to the Active Practice Charter on the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) website and join the national network of practices making positive changes in their surgeries to boost staff and patient wellbeing.
Click this link to sign up to the Active Charter.
Parkrun Practice – Toolkit Overview:
The RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) is collaborating with Parkrun UK to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local Parkrun to become Parkrun practices.
Click this link to access the resource and register your practice.
Consensus Statement on the Risks of Physical Activity for People Living with Long-Term Conditions Overview:
The benefits of physical activity for people living with long-term conditions are well established. However, the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long-term problems commonly stops people from moving more. Many healthcare professionals also feel unsure about what advice they should give to people living with symptomatic medical conditions. To help address concerns around risk, Moving Medicine led the development of a consensus statement to help us understand what safety advice healthcare professionals should give to people in clinical practice.
Click this link to read the consensus statement in full.
It’s Safer for People with Long-Term Conditions to be Physically Active Infographic Overview:
This Moving Medicine infographic summarises what healthcare professionals should know before giving advice about risk to people living with long-term conditions.
Click this link to download the infographic or see the quick view image below.
NICE, (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Products on Physical Activity Overview:
Have a look at all NICE products on physical activity. These includes Quality Standards and Guidance, using the best available evidence to develop recommendations that guide decisions in health, public health and social care.
Click this link to access all NICE products on physical activity.
UK Chief Medical Officers’ Report and Physical Activity Guidelines Overview:
These guidelines can help health professionals, policymakers and others working to promote physical activity, sport and exercise for health benefits. The infographics can also help to support patient conversations when explaining the physical activity needed for general health benefits at different life stages.
Click this link to access the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Report and Guidelines.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Early Years (Birth – 5 Years) infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Children and Young People (5 – 18 Years) infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Disabled Children and Disabled Young People infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Adults and Older Adults (19 Years and Over) infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Disabled Adults infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Click this link to access the Physical Activity for Women in Pregnancy and After Giving Birth (Birth – 12 Months) infographic text and PDF or see the quick view image below.
Everybody Active, Every Day: Framework for Physical Activity Documents Overview:
Public Health England provide various documents using an evidence-based approach for national and local action to address the physical inactivity epidemic.
Click this link above to access the various documents.