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For "tomorrow's patients"... in Britain and the world!

The British Journal of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BJSM) published an editorial on January 2nd 2015, highlighting an important project for exercise medicine, in the training of UK student doctors in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases and surgical care.

The "training tomorrow's doctors, in exercise medicine, for tomorrow's patients" editorial and project, aims to enable:

"tomorrow’s doctors, trained in exercise medicine, to meet the burden of disease and ill health competently, confidently and capably: by being proactive on prevention and specific in their treatment with physical activity advice".

The overall project plan is ambitious and has three main phases: 

  1. 2014 saw the development of a complete exercise medicine resource set developed for all UK medical schools.
  2. 2015 will see the development of a complete exercise medicine resource set for all undergraduate nurses, midwives, and all allied health professionals.
  3. 2016 will see the development of a variety of exercise medicine resources for community outreach workers/charity workers and community leads in low and middle income countries. 

The resource content covers the context, prescription, contraindications, considerations, and patient information for key non-communicable diseases (NCDs), using exercise advice and support. Presentations, and module resources, highlight the importance of making every contact count and providing “teachable moments” within a cradle to grave approach to promote and protect the health of patients. Resources are constantly being updated and the latest version will be released to medical and health sciences universities on an annual basis. There are also plans to provide the resource set to international, undergraduate, educational organisations via the British Journal of Sport Medicine.

This project is and was always for tomorrow's patients. For, if we don't provide a health-care workforce, fit for purpose, in the understanding of the prevention and treatment of ill health and disease- how can we serve our future patient's needs in the burden of non communicable diseases (NCDs), inactivity and to protect and promote health?

It's an ambitious vision. If you feel you can help us achieve the vision, in any way, please contact us!

Ann Gates, WHF Emerging Leaders Programme 2014 on behalf of the awesome international team that developed the resources and are part of the overall project team:

For further information and correspondence on this undergraduate medical school education initiative, please contact Ann Gates (ann@exercise-works.org) or Nottingham University, School of Medicine Education Centre.

Contributors This initiative has been led by Ann Gates. The team acknowledge the wealth of resources and people that have contributed to the development of this generic resource, especially: The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Nottingham University, Kings College London, Professor Karim Khan of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, The Wales Deanery, the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians Sports & Exercise Subcommittee, British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Professor Ian Hall and Professor James Lowe.

Curricula development and resources were developed by:

Ann Gates MRPharmS, Member of the World Heart Foundation Emerging Leaders Programme 2014.

Dr Brian Johnson, General Practitioner and Honorary Medical Advisor to Public Health, Wales.

Dr John H. Brooks (together with existing Kings College Medical School undergraduate course resources in association with Dr Ann Wylie and King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community).

Dr Simon Rosenbaum PhD, Exercise Physiologist and Research Associate University of New South Wales, Australia.

Dr Jane Thornton MD PhD, Resident Physician and Clinical Researcher, Policlinique Médicale Universitaire, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr Chris Oliver MD FRCS, Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mr Ian Ritchie FRCS, President of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Forth Valley Hospital, Scotland.

Steffan Griffin, Medical Student at University of Birmingham, Director at Move Eat Treat, UK.

Professor James Lowe, Professor of Neuropathology, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences and the Nottingham University Medical School, United Kingdom.

Professor Ian Hall, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Professor of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

These individuals reserve all individual, intellectual copyrights of their own material. No part of the course module will be made available or used outside the remit of undergraduate, postgraduate medical school or health educational organisation curricula and training. Copyright permissions may be obtained from individual contributors and Nottingham University School of Medical Education Centre.


Calling all health leaders: Make a personal pledge to lead from the front on physical activity in 2015

Getting people more physically active is a priority for public health leaders across the globe.


According to the international Designed to Move initiative, in less than two generations, physical activity has dropped by 20% in the UK and 32% in the US. In China, the drop is 45% in less than one generation.

The impact on human health is both frightening and profound. Sitting really is the new smoking. This year, 5.3 million deaths will be attributed globally to physical inactivity. Smoking, by contrast, is responsible for 5 million deaths per year. 

To get people moving more, setting the right example from the top will be vital. Whether you’re a public health director, nurse, wellness lead, doctor or HR manager, if you have a leadership role in health, the evidence is clear: what you are seen to do personally can have a significant impact on others.

As the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE ) puts it, ‘Buy-in from the senior management team is key’ to getting almost all public health and wellness initiatives working efficiently. 

That is why StepJockey, working together with Exercise Works, are asking health leaders to make a personal physical activity pledge for 2015.

We’ve picked five physical activities that can be seamlessly built into daily life without cost or significant investment of time. All have been shown to deliver measurable health benefits if integrated into your life and maintained over a significant period of time. They are: 

  1.  I pledge to walk 10,000 steps a day
  2.  I pledge to take the stairs for all journeys of five floors or less
  3.  I pledge to always stand while working at my desk
  4. I pledge to make every second meeting a walking meeting
  5. I pledge to walk, cycle or jog to work at least three days a week

Our survey allows you to say why you’ve picked the pledge you did and, if you prefer, you can add your own pledge.

Health leaders are signing up fast, so please take just a moment now to fill in the form and be among them. 

Once all the responses are in we will publish the findings in a bid to inspire others to move a whole lot more in 2015!


Many thanks Nina Whitby from StepJockey




In sickness and in health... prescribe physical activity! Says @exerciseworks

Presentation 11th December, 2014 for the London Sports and Exercise Society by Ann Gates, Founder of Exercise Works! @exerciseworks.