Moving Medicine is an initiative by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) in partnership with Public Health England and Sport England.
It is dedicated to spreading best practice, research and advice about physical activity to clinicians and patients to create a healthier, happier and more active nation.
Physical inactivity is in the top 10 greatest causes of ill health nationally.
Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse, yet nearly three quarters of GPs don't speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients because of either a lack of knowledge, skills or confidence.
The Moving Medicine tool will help healthcare professionals advise patients on how physical activity can help to manage their conditions, prevent disease and aid recovery. Users are able to dig as deep as they want to into the evidence base, embedded in a time-based framework to support good quality conversations based on established behavioural change techniques and motivational interviewing theory.
The tool focuses on helping to address the most common long-term health conditions affecting the population, such as cancer, depression, musculoskeletal pain and type 2 diabetes. Further development is ongoing, with new consultation frameworks and educational resources being added as they are developed.
Moving Medicine is a key component of the Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme, which is designed to support healthcare professionals embed physical activity into their approach to treating patients for key conditions in line with existing National Institute for Health Care Excellence guidance.
The 'prescribing movement' resources have been developed by a large team of Sport and Exercise Medicine doctors in consultation with 300 medical specialists, general practitioners, researchers and patients. The foundations of the content lie in robust reviews of the literature on physical activity in specific diseases and differ from other resources summarising the evidence base on physical activity as the structure has been designed by clinicians for clinicians to use in practise.