The MHPP builds on the evidence that shows HCPs are uniquely placed to support people to become more physically active, with the various health benefits this then brings. Healthcare interventions are identified in global guidance as a key area of influence in increasing population physical activity levels and this is reflected in national guidance frameworks.
Initiated in 2017, the programme has been designed to:
- Provide evidence-based training and support resources for healthcare professionals to improve awareness, knowledge, confidence and skills to promote physical activity to patients to prevent and manage ill health
- Test how to best embed physical activity within clinical practice so that physical activity conversations, signposting and prescribing become part of normal NHS clinical practice
- Support the management of patients with long-term conditions, including people with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer
- Help reduce long-term demand and costs on the NHS.
A 3-year evaluation has been led by the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, in collaboration with Ipsos and the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine (East Midlands) in Loughborough. The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre is home of, and research hub for the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine in Sheffield. Academics from the AWRC have contributed to this work and it builds on our growing knowledge of ‘what works’ in supporting people with health conditions to be physically active.
Phase one began in 2017 and was completed in 2019. You can access the reports and outputs from phase one below.
Phase two began in 2019 and was completed in 2022.