President’s Update March 2018

I was saddened to hear about the death of our Honorary Fellow Sir Roger Bannister at the weekend. Sir Roger was one of the first to be awarded Honorary Fellow of the Faculty in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to Sport and Exercise Medicine. You can read our news item and tribute to Sir Roger Bannister here.

It has been a busy start to the year for the Faculty with some big projects underway, the launch of our new website and work based around providing evidence, information and awareness of SEM in an NHS setting.

Thanks to all those Members, Fellows and Associate Members who have already signed up to the new Members’ Area of our website to access the Journal and other resources. If you are having problems accessing this content, please contact the office team.

Moving Medicine is a project the Faculty has undertaken in partnership with Public Health England to deliver Exercise Medicine resources to health professionals. Led by one of our our Vice Presidents, Dr Natasha Jones, its aim is to consolidate the evidence base for Physical Activity in the context of specific clinical conditions and deliver clinical facing education resources for doctors and health professionals. The resources are expected to be delivered via the Medical Royal Colleges by September.

Choosing Wisely is an initiative led by the AoMRC and the Faculty will be submitting evidence and information on MSK and Exercise Medicine. The work we are doing here will also inform the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to improve medical care within the NHS. The aim of Choosing Wisely is to help patients and their clinicians choose care that is:

  • Supported by evidence
  • Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received
  • Free from harm
  • Truly necessary
  • Consistent with patients’ values

You can find out more about Choosing Wisely on the AoMRC website.

Dr Paul D Jackson

President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK)

March 2018