About Us

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK is the governing body for Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in the UK


FSEM UK – Strategy

The Faculty’s Strategy, including its Vision, Mission and Objectives are described in the attached document. The President and Council believe that the Faculty has a critical role to play in improving the health of the nation through physical activity. The Faculty should have ambitions to become a Royal College to better support our vision.  A key element of our strategy is our novel approach of engaging clinicians and patients in using physical activity to prevent illness and improve the symptoms and outcomes of illness and injury Moving Medicine


Improve the Health of the Nation through Physical Activity


We will achieve this vision by:

Setting the Highest Standards for Exercise Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine and all aspects of Sport Medicine


  •  Lead the NHS Exercise Medicine Service and support enhanced physical activity in the UK
  •  Enhance NHS Musculoskeletal outcomes by demonstrating the health and economic benefits to society of using appropriately qualified SEM doctors,
  •  Support medical care across all sport by providing the highest standards of care and governance

Strategy Document

Who we are?

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) UK launched in 2006 and is the governing body for the specialty Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in the UK.

Our strategic mission is to promote better health for the public through excellence in musculoskeletal medicine, exercise medicine and team care.

The FSEM (UK) also represents and supports Sport and Exercise Medicine as a cost effective approach to the prevention and management of illness and injury.

The Faculty’s work includes:

  • Setting and maintaining standards of excellence in SEM
  • Overseeing the curriculum for Higher Specialty Training.
  • Setting standards in educational and training requirements
  • Overseeing the FSEM Membership Exam in Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Setting standards in examination, assessment and appraisal of SEM doctors
  • Demonstrating the need for specialists, subspecialists and the application of SEM in the NHS
  • Progressing career pathways for doctors by offering guidance and support
  • Demonstrating the positive benefits to public health of physical activity in the prevention and management of disease
  • Influencing policy and engaging with the governments, organisations and the wider public on behalf of its membership


Doctors from the UK and overseas can join the FSEM via our Membership Examination and gain either FFSEM or MFSEM recognition, depending on the training path chosen.

The Faculty also welcomes SEM Registrars and medical students with an interest through Associate Membership.

The Faculty has over 700 Fellows, Members, and Diplomate Members, not including medical students. There are currently 142 Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultants on the GMC Specialist Register