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Active Hospital History

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.