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Published in Health Club Management 2018 issue 5

New MSc courses in Exercise as Medicine are a catalyst for change

Stuart Stokes
Stuart Stokes
Stuart Stokes,

Commercial director,

ReferAll


I was interested to read The Guardian’s recent article ‘How exercise prescription could change the NHS’, on the importance of Loughborough University’s new MSc in Exercise as Medicine, which launches this October.

Getting more people active by prescribing exercise is a hugely positive measure and the only way to encourage clinicians to write exercise rather than drug prescriptions is to give them the knowledge to do so.

However, there’s a caveat about future funding for highly qualified professionals: who will pay their hourly rate?

We work collaboratively with exercise referral scheme providers and due to funding arrangements, many operate with little or no margin within their overall budgets.

Introducing professionals with master’s degrees to this mix would add considerably to these costs and at this point, who would pick up the additional cost?

If it’s the end user, the service could be cost-prohibitive and struggle to attract the very people it’s commissioned to work with and lose funding as a result.

Fewer services could also mean less access for those most in need of exercise prescription.

However, if additional funding could be found for this ‘middle tier’ of professionals they could become crucial intermediaries between GPs and current providers, signposting patients intelligently to the services they need.

By utilising their extensive knowledge and research base, they could also bring greater understanding to both health service and activity providers.

However, this would rely on their salary being picked up outside of the remit of current referral scheme provision.

“ Introducing professionals with master’s degrees to this mix would add considerably to these costs and at this point, who would pick up the additional cost? ”

Who will pay to bring exercise specialists into the NHS? / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Who will pay to bring exercise specialists into the NHS? / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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Exercise as Medicine degrees are launching – who will pay for these high-level services?
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features

Letters: Write to reply

Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – email: [email protected]

Published in Health Club Management 2018 issue 5

New MSc courses in Exercise as Medicine are a catalyst for change

Stuart Stokes
Stuart Stokes
Stuart Stokes,

Commercial director,

ReferAll


I was interested to read The Guardian’s recent article ‘How exercise prescription could change the NHS’, on the importance of Loughborough University’s new MSc in Exercise as Medicine, which launches this October.

Getting more people active by prescribing exercise is a hugely positive measure and the only way to encourage clinicians to write exercise rather than drug prescriptions is to give them the knowledge to do so.

However, there’s a caveat about future funding for highly qualified professionals: who will pay their hourly rate?

We work collaboratively with exercise referral scheme providers and due to funding arrangements, many operate with little or no margin within their overall budgets.

Introducing professionals with master’s degrees to this mix would add considerably to these costs and at this point, who would pick up the additional cost?

If it’s the end user, the service could be cost-prohibitive and struggle to attract the very people it’s commissioned to work with and lose funding as a result.

Fewer services could also mean less access for those most in need of exercise prescription.

However, if additional funding could be found for this ‘middle tier’ of professionals they could become crucial intermediaries between GPs and current providers, signposting patients intelligently to the services they need.

By utilising their extensive knowledge and research base, they could also bring greater understanding to both health service and activity providers.

However, this would rely on their salary being picked up outside of the remit of current referral scheme provision.

“ Introducing professionals with master’s degrees to this mix would add considerably to these costs and at this point, who would pick up the additional cost? ”

Who will pay to bring exercise specialists into the NHS? / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Who will pay to bring exercise specialists into the NHS? / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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Exercise as Medicine degrees are launching – who will pay for these high-level services?
Stuart Stokes, Commercial director, ReferAll,Stuart Stokes, ReferAll, Exercise as Medicine
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Music service provider Rehegoo (pronounced Reh-air-go) has launched a streaming service for health clubs, gyms, ...
Latest News
F45 has launched a corporate partnership programme which will enable businesses to open an F45 ...
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A two-year research project will look to find ways to transform the UK's physical activity ...
Latest News
The best in the business from across the physical activity sector were honoured last night ...
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At UK Active’s Active Uprising event yesterday (30 June) in Birmingham, Hattie Jones, the head ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Fitness industry to gather at Sibec Europe-UK in Portugal this September
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the fitness industry – will take place from 27-30 September at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, in Portugal.
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A new partnership has been launched to provide inclusive swimming for children with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities.
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Featured operator news: Everyone Active to launch new exercise classes to reduce gender gap
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Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Sport Alliance GmbH
Mindbody, Inc
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Company profile: Physical Company
Physical Company’s mission statement is ‘First for Fitness Solutions’ – a statement that reflects the ...
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Company profile: Art of Cryo
Art of Cryo is a new division of a renowned family business with 30 years’ ...
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Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
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Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
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