There is a wide range of training courses available to help health and social care workforces gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to promote physical activity and empower patients/clients to be more active. Whether you’re a GP, social worker or volunteer befriender, you can learn through free virtual training or e-learning courses.
Free Virtual Training Courses
Learn from a qualified trainer in an interactive session and within your team or as a group. These training courses are being delivered virtually online until face-to-face training can be resumed. Training sessions could be fitted into a team meeting or run as a stand-alone course.
1. Helping People Become Physically Active
1 hour | Non-Clinical
We can all play a part in enabling others to be more active. Whether that’s through signposting, discussing benefits or simply encouragement. In this interactive online session, we’ll cover the importance and benefits of being active, national guidance and tips, free national resources, local opportunities and positive conversation skills. Participants will receive a free digital resource pack following the session.
This course is for people working in non-clinical roles such as social prescribers, care navigators, befrienders and volunteers.
2. PHE Physical Activity in Clinical Care
1 hour | Clinical
As a healthcare professional, you play a unique role in addressing inactivity, with one in four people stating that they would be more active if they were advised by a GP or nurse. Delivered by a local Public Health England (PHE) Physical Activity Champion, this short course covers the evidence for physical activity and long-term conditions, current Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines, and how to provide brief advice during consultations. A Leap team member will join this session to give an overview of local activity opportunities.
This course is for registered healthcare professionals.
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3. Making Every Contact Count and Motivational Interviewing Training (variable, free)
The aim of Making Every Contact Count and Motivational Interviewing training is to provide participants with the consultation skills and confidence to have supportive and motivational conversations with patients that enable behaviour change and boost their self-efficacy.
- Bucks CCG are able to provide free MECC and MI training for healthcare professionals in Buckinghamshire. To find the next available course go to the Bucks Training Hub Calendar or contact email@example.com
- Buckinghamshire Council are able to provide free MECC training for community and voluntary sector teams – to organise a course contact MECC@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
Moving Medicine – Online Learning Resource
Moving Medicine is an award winning free online resource to help healthcare professionals integrate physical activity conversations into routine clinical care. Find step by step conversation guides and patient leaflets for condition-specific consultations.
National E-learning Courses
Learn at a time and location to suit you and choose from a variety of e-learning courses, ranging in length from 1 hour to 12-weeks. The courses included below are produced by accredited organisations and offer CPD points. Follow each link to see an overview of the course content and learning outcomes.
1. Active Conversations
Time: 12 weeks (16 CPD points) | Audience: Clinical roles | Price: £150
Moving Medicine’s Active Conversations is a practical, evidence-based online learning course developed by clinicians, for clinicians that teaches you how to have quick, effective and positive conversations that encourage patients to do more physical activity. Register for the the next course here: https://movingmedicine.ac.uk/activeconversations/
2. All Our Health: Physical Activity
Time: 1-hour | Audience: Everyone | Cost: Free
PHE’s All Our Health: Physical activity is a short interactive e-learning course designed to give healthcare professionals an overview of physical activity including key evidence, data and signposts. Access via Health Education England’s learning portal (registration needed) – https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/571297
3. Physical Activity and Health
Time: 11 modules (20-25 minutes each) | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free
PHE and Sport England’s Physical Activity and Health course is 11-module training, covering older adults, children and young people, pregnancy and postnatal, in addition to specific long-term health conditions, cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, musculoskeletal health and mental health and a ‘how to’ motivational Interviewing video. Access via Health Education England’s learning portal (registration needed) – https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/physical-activity-and-health/
4. Making Every Contact Count
Time: 1 hour | Audience: Everyone | Cost: Free
PHE and NHS’s Making Every Contact Count (MECC) course is a short interactive e-learning that looks at how we can use our everyday interactions to support behaviour change, without adding to busy workloads, and focuses on asking open questions and reflective listening. Access via Health Education England’s learning portal (no registration needed) – https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/making-every-contact-count/
5. BMJ Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Time: 1 hour | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free
BMJ and PHE’s Motivational Interviewing course is a short 1-hour module explaining what motivational interviewing is, its uses and explanations. Access via BMJ learning (registration needed) – https://learning.bmj.com/learning/module-intro/.html?moduleId=10051582
6. Physical Activity in the Treatment of Long-Term Conditions
Time: 9 modules (4.5 hours total) | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free
BMJ and PHE’s Physical Activity in the treatment of long-term conditions course covers 9 modules including cancer, diabetes, Osteoarthritis and low back pain, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease (COPD and asthma), depression, anxiety, sleep and dementia. Plus a module on promoting physical activity in primary care. Access via BMJ Learning (registration needed) –