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NHSScotland Event 2013: NHS physical activity promotion

The NHSScotland Event 2013 was held on the 11 – 12 June 2013 and featured a session on NHS physical activity promotion, supporting delivery of CEL (1) 2012.

The session, titled ‘A little exercise a day keeps the doctor away’ was jointly facilitated by Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland and chaired by Dr. Andrew Fraser, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland.

Building on last year’s call to action from Sir Harry Burns for the NHS to step-up their contribution in promoting physical activity, this session was held on both days to support NHS colleagues deliver the ambitious government vision of a more active Scotland.

Read the full session presentation and view the video call to action from Sir Harry Burns, CMO (external video link).

Suite of professional resources

Delegates received the new suite of professional resources, developed collaboratively by Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland, that are designed to support practitioners embed physical activity promotion into their own practice. You can view these resources below:

  • The National Physical Activity Pathway is suitable for all healthcare practitioners, this tool includes a validated screening tool for inactivity and simple guidance on how to deliver brief advice and intervention to patients.
  • Every Step Counts- this educational film resource is a series of 6 short films to support all healthcare practitioners gain confidence in raising the issue of inactivity in their practice and support them to encourage patients to meet the national physical activity guidelines.

Examples of emerging practice

Examples of emerging practice were also shared at the session from both primary and secondary care:

  • NHS Lothian GP Dr. Kirsten Ness, participating in the national physical activity primary care pilot study advocated exercise over medications for many patients and shared the learning she's gained at her practice through the pilot process.
  • NHS Fife Midwife Gwen Smith, described her targeted physical activity intervention with high-risk pregnancies and shared evidence on improved outcomes for both baby and mother.

Further information

For more information about HPHS or NHS physical activity promotion please contact the HPHS team at:

To join the Scottish physical activity network PAHA, visit the PAHA registration page.

For all information on the NHSScotland event please use this external link: NHSScotland Event 2013 (external link).


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