OPTIMISE THE HEALTH OF YOUR PRACTICE
Do you want to improve the health and wellbeing of your practice team?
The RCGP is running a Physical Activity and Lifestyle project. The objectives of this project are:
- To inform and educate GPs about the benefits of physical activity for their patients and about the opportunities for physical activity and sports available nationwide.
- To develop an active practice charter and formal accreditation of Active Practice status to encourage practice level engagement with the principles of increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour.
- To share best practice around the use of physical activity to positively impact patient outcomes and support the development of local peer networks and contacts with a focus on physical activity.
- Engage with healthcare practitioners and lifestyle medicine stakeholders nationally to showcase primary care’s role in supporting the uptake of physical activity, influence conversations and leverage further support and ensure that physical activity is seen as an integral part of social prescribing.
Their great online toolkit can be found here: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/physical-activity-and-lifestyle.aspx and includes these: Tips to make your practice an Active Practice
- Display physical activity guidelines infographics in a prominent place in your waiting rooms. Use the infographics as handouts in your consulting rooms. The CMO fact sheets and infographics are available to download in different formats for printing, display or on monitors.
- Print physical activity guidelines on your FP10 prescriptions’ ‘right hand side’. Target different age groups and or different disease groups or everyone. Set it for two to three months and repeat it two to three times a year to catch people’s attention.
- Send exercise advice invitations to targeted disease groups e.g.: the hypertensive patients on your register. Personalise these invitations with names, details of their condition and why activity could help them manage this. You could also include details of activities happening near the surgery etc to encourage patient engagement.
- Be aware of local walks and cycle routes in your waiting rooms and what your local gyms can offer. Display any information that may make patients aware.
- Display activity messages on your website.
- Add the walk4life widget to your website. It is free and easy to set up. Walk4life is a useful site for the UK with a simple ordnance search map to look for walks anywhere in the UK. The’ widget’ can be loaded onto business websites, public companies websites etc (tell your patients). Individuals who sign up can put their own walks on and monitor their own fitness.
- If you have a health video channel in your waiting room, run the YouTube videos of ‘Let’s make our day harder’ and ’23-and-a-half-hours’.