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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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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
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/HCM2018_5letter.jpg
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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People should concentrate on exercise and staying fit – rather than dieting and weight loss ...
Latest News
Sibec Europe, scheduled to take place in Cologne, Germany, from 2 to 5 November 2021, ...
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Swim England has warned that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever unless the government ...
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Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has joined gym-goers this morning to kick-off the annual National Fitness ...
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A new high-end workspace, designed for the use of personal trainers, coaches and other health ...
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VAT reform, adjustments in business rates and a fitness-led high street regeneration push could see ...
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As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio this summer – this time in Fleet Street, London – the brand reflects on the vital role of its estate wide digital ecosystem, created in partnership with Fisikal, designed to drive business efficiencies and commercial success.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Active IQ Skills Hub helps fitness professionals boost skills in post-Covid market
Suffice to say that the pandemic has completely changed the way fitness professionals work and the way consumers work out – and therein lies opportunity.
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Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
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Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
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Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
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SpaBooker: Spa software
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Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
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Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
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Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
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Diary dates
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Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
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Online,
Diary dates
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Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
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