Working with GPs: Prescribing physical activity

Wednesday 9th May - 16:30-17:15

Research shows that one in four patients would exercise more if advised by a GP, but to date many GPs have steered away from this, either due to a lack of time in their consultations, or a lack of confidence resulting from insufficient knowledge of physical activity – or both.

Huge steps have been taken to address this, however, with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) making physical activity a clinical priority. The goal: to inspire patients to make improvements to their lifestyles, and specifically to get active, as a way of helping them live longer, healthier lives.

This panel will explore how can GPs and the fitness industry best work together to increase levels of activity among patients. Our experts will provide an understanding of where and how the physical activity industry can get involved, and how it can best collaborate with GPs, as well as exploring the role of social prescribing and what this really means for GPs and the physical activity sector.

Dr Zoe Williams, RCGP Clinical Champion Physical Activity and Public Health England Physical Activity Champion

Day 1: 16:30-17:15 Active Nation

Panellists include:

Steven Ward, Chief Executive at ukactive

Dr Dane Vishnubala, chief medical advisor, Active IQ and lead clinical champion, at Physical Activity Yorkshire, Public Health England

Dr Mohan Sekeram at Wide Way Medical Centre