Physical Activity Clinical Champions Training

For clinical staff

FREE CPD peer-to-peer training to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to incorporate physical activity into their everyday practice.

Start date: TBC
Duration: 2 hours



Training Provider:

Public Health England

Start date: TBC

Duration: 2 hours


2pm – 4pm


St Catherine’s Surgery, Church Rd, Birkenhead CH42 0LQ

Who should attend?

This free Public Health England short course is for clinical staff including, doctors, nurses, HCAs and AHPs, who would like to:

  • Gain expert knowledge on the health benefits linked to regular exercise.
  • Become more confident when having conversations with patients about their physical activity.

What will I learn?

In this short peer-to-peer course, clinical staff will learn the importance of understanding the positive impact physical activity can have on many medical conditions and how to incorporate it into their clinical practice.

The UK has amongst the lowest levels of physical activity, with almost 1 in 4 people defined as ‘inactive’.

In the UK, low levels of physical activity are responsible for:

  • 1 in 6 deaths (equal to smoking)
  • Up to 40% of many long-term conditions (e.g. diabetes)
  • £7.4bn annual costs, including £0.9bn to the NHS

Very brief advice on physical activity from healthcare professionals has been shown to improve clinical outcomes, with 1 in 4 patients reporting they would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse.

However, 72% of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients.

This training focuses on practical tips to easily integrate this into every day clinical practice.

Course Content

  • The course explores the evidence-base effectiveness behind providing patients with brief advice on physical activity.
  • Students are provided with valuable advice on how to turn this information into action using brief interventions and motivational interviewing.
  • The training also covers the risks of physical inactivity and includes and introduction to the benefits of physical activity at a cellular level.


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