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London Sport have commissioned CHSS, led by Research Fellow Dr Sarah Hotham, to design and deliver a pilot training programme for social prescribers (SP) around sport and physical activity.  The aim is to improve prescribers' knowledge and understanding of how physical activity affects health. London Sport - a County Sports Partnership funded by Sport England - believes that upskilling this workforce (usually originating from a ‘non-fitness’ background) is an ideal way to target efforts to boost physical activity among people referred by their GP with non-medical problems, to social prescribers within the community.

This is a potentially inactive population with problems requiring help through voluntary sector providers. The training programme aims to build confidence among social prescribers when discussing health and physical activity with these clients.

CHSS will deliver the training in January, and Research Fellow Dr Rowena Merritt will conduct an evaluation of the programme in spring. London Sport hope to obtain funding to enable roll-out of the training across all London boroughs, and possibly nationwide in future.

Start date:19/11/18 End date: 30/04/19

Funder: London Sport

Funding: £14,369


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Last Updated: 07/01/2019