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NHS to recruit army of link workers to increase social prescribing

NHS England is to recruit 1,000 more link workers as part of plans to increase the number of people it refers to exercise classes, local sports groups and other community activities.

The increased focus on social prescribing is designed to help ease pressures on GPs by improving the health of patients who don't need pills.

Social prescribing is a way for local agencies – including GPs, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams and allied health professionals – to refer people to a link worker.

In turn, link workers are trained to take a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing.

They connect people to community groups and statutory services – such as physical activities – in order to provide practical and emotional support.

Link workers also support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

"Social prescribing works for a wide range of people," the NHS states on its website.

"It works for those with one or more long-term conditions, people who need support with their mental health and those who are lonely or isolated.

"It can also assist those who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing."

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EHFF 2019
The sixth European Health & Fitness Forum (EHFF), will take place on 3 April 2019 in Cologne, Germany, the day before the start of FIBO. HCM gives a sneak preview
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Group Exercise
We look at the current group exercise landscape and ask what’s likely to be trending in the year ahead, as well as tactics club operators can use to improve their results
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Years ago, gym retail meant a small selection of basic products sold behind a counter. Now retail can turn more profit more than anywhere else in the gym, with opportunities in activewear, supplements and specialised gym equipment. We look at what’s working according to three industry experts
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People
As an operator, you need to pick your price point and do what you can for that, but do it really well. We have great quality facilities, but what we offer isn’t luxury
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We signed an agreement with FoodWell, to be part of its inaugural 9,000sq ft site in Manchester, offering group fitness classes, a mindful restaurant and a series of workshops on healthy living options and we’ll be operating a Rejuvenate studio within this development
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The capitalist model may create wealth in the short term, but if it doesn’t address the broader issue of serving society, it risks losing its licence to operate. If inequality grows, that might force more difficult change
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In London, people are familiar with the boutique concept, but elsewhere it’s still relatively new, so initially it was a challenge to educate people in Manchester about our benefits, when they were used to paying budget club prices
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Anyone looking into the boutique market thinking it’s going to cost them ‘X’ needs to double that figure. it isn’t enough just to give your club a new lick of paint and new flooring every 10 years
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You can do lots of great stuff, but find there are still large numbers of people who don’t engage. If you can start to understand why, then you’re onto something
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I think we’ll start to see more pay-as-you-go concepts, as they offer better value for money and flexibility. HIIT will stay popular and we will see more use of data in workouts to engage people
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As long as people do the 30-minute circuit, twice a week, they are guaranteed results, and that’s a simple message to get across
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