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Moving Medicine Launches

We were delighted to launch our new Moving Medicine tools earlier this month at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH).

Produced in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and Sport England with support from National Lottery Funding, the new Moving Medicine resources will help healthcare professionals advise patients on how physical activity can help to manage their conditions, prevent disease and aid recovery.

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, who formally launched Moving Medicine at ISPAH, said: “There is a mountain of evidence to suggest that patients with all kinds of conditions – from depression to diabetes – would benefit from more exercise, yet understandably those suffering with chronic illness are more likely to be inactive.

“That’s why it’s so important healthcare professionals have the information they need at their fingertips to advise patients with complex health needs on how to get more active – and this doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. It can be doing more of the things we love, whether that’s playing football, swimming or going for long walks. I am delighted to launch this brilliant web tool for healthcare professionals – I hope it will help pave the way for a culture shift in medicine where referrals for exercise are just as common as prescriptions for medication.”

Dr Paul D Jackson, President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK), said: “The development of the Moving Medicine platform has been a truly collaborative effort, drawing on the expertise of many across a wide range of different disciplines and professional bodies as well as medical Royal Colleges, associated charities and patient groups.

“We all believe that introducing more physical activity into every care pathway across the NHS is an essential, cost-effective intervention to improve people’s health. Moving Medicine will ensure that all health care professionals have up-to-date information on physical activity presented in a useable, easy to understand format, enabling them to inform their patients and motivate them to become more active.”

Currently one in four of the population in England does less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and are classified as inactive.

Physical inactivity is in the top ten greatest causes of ill health nationally, with negative impacts on health, wellbeing, social and economic outcomes for individuals and communities.

Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse, yet nearly three quarters of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to either lack of knowledge, skills or confidence.

The tool focuses on helping to address the most common long term health conditions affecting the population, such as cancer, depression, musculoskeletal pain and type 2 diabetes.

Developed in consultation with over 300 healthcare professionals and patients and using evidence-based step-by-step guidance, Moving Medicine is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the latest evidence to address this knowledge and skills gap in the NHS and support healthier outcomes for patients as a result.

The full press release can be found here: Moving Medicine press release