Prevention should be at the heart of everything the NHS does
This has been emphasised in the NHS Long Term Plan and in the Secretary of State’s Prevention Vision, both of which stress the core role of the NHS in preventing disease and improving population health. The Long-Term Plan highlights the importance of preventing disease as a route to better health, lower inequalities, controlling demand management and maintaining sustainable finances.
As shown in the Prescribing Movement Primary Prevention resource, physical activity is consistently shown to be important in preventing morbidity and mortality, so physical activity interventions embedded in patient journeys strongly support the Long Term Plan. When planning new physical activity services locally, it is important to understand national priorities in order to align them with local delivery. We have highlighted relevant aspects of the Long Term Plan which will help you when you plan local interventions.