Active Hospitals

Active Hospitals aims to change the physical activity culture within hospitals to encourage patients to move more. We've prepared this toolkit to help you to create your own Active Hospital.

Moving Healthcare Professionals’ forms part of Public Health England’s ‘Everybody Active Every Day’ strategy (1), and aims to help healthcare professionals to understand and promote the benefits of physical activity with their patients.

As part of this initiative Public Health England and Sport England invited expressions of interest from applicable NHS Trusts (those employing a Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant) to deliver a pilot in secondary care.

The Sport and Exercise Medicine team at Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust (OUH) were successful in this competitive tender and were commissioned to deliver a pilot that focused on the integration of physical activity into care pathways in a secondary care setting.

The OUH Active Hospital Feasibility Pilot aimed to explore whether this approach was feasible and acceptable to patients and staff. As part of the pilot the team in Oxford have created this Active Hospital toolkit to share the learning and experiences from the pilot.

External independent evaluation was undertaken by Sheffield Hallam University at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. The evaluation report found that this approach is feasible, highly valued and acceptable to patients and staff within the NHS.


  1. Public Health England 2014. Everybody Active Everyday: National Physical Activity Framework. In: ENGLAND, P. H. (ed.). London: Public Health England.

Getting started

You could look at the guide to using the Active Hospital toolkit and take the quiz to help you think about what you can do


We conducted insight conversations with staff to explore the barriers and enablers to changing behaviour across different clinical settings. This provides a guide on how to conduct your own insight work to support the design of your Active Hospital


A range of case studies across different healthcare settings have been shared to provide information about our experience, system wide interventions and the key components of the governance framework that you might want to consider


Working together - by collecting and sharing data, information and expertise - will help us to help our patients to become more active

Business case

Developing a business case for an Active Hospital needs to be nationally informed, locally driven and fit with local strategic objectives. To support your business case preparation, we have provided an example business case template that fits with the key components of the NHS Long term plan and funding opportunities


Our governance framework has been set up to support an Active Hospital


All our resources are available for you to use

The Active Hospital toolkit has been developed by OUH in partnership with PHE and Sport England