Actice Practice Charter Status
As a practice, we've been awarded Active Practice Charter Status. The Active Practice Charter is an award set up jointly by Sport England and the Royal College of General Practitioners to help promote more physical activity of staff working for GP practices and their patients.
We are really committed to promoting the value of regular physical activity for both our patients and our staff. Even just a small amount of regular exercise daily can have huge health impacts and reduce health risks.
Why is the Active Practice Charter important?
Physical activity has a role to play in helping people manage and improve their health and wellbeing. GPs and other staff working at Frome Medical Practice have an opportunity to discuss this with patients - meaning we can potentially prevent, as well as treat, ill health.
The Active Practice Charter supports us in raising the issue with patients, and means we have a range of local opportunities we can suggest to you to help you be more active.
One in four people say they would be more active if it was recommended by a GP or nurse and we hope that encouraging our patients and staff to be more active will be beneficial all round.
What have we done to achieve Active Practice Charter Status?
To gain Active Practice status, we have taken a number of steps, including:
- Increasing physical activity in patients and staff
- Reducing sedentary behaviour in patients and staff
- Partnering with a local physical activity provider to support the practice to get more people active
How we support our staff
Some of the actions already being promoted by the practice include working with Fusion Leisure to provide opportunities for staff to take part in physical activity. The team is looking forward to using the facilities again once it is safe to do so.
The practice has also now joined up with the Somerset Active Workplace scheme. During lockdown, staff at the surgery have also been able to access a whole range of free online classes. A Cycle to Work scheme is also available to all employees.
How we support our patients
We encourage patients to be more active, for example, by being a registered parkrun practice, by working closely with organisations such as Health Connectors and Frome Town Council, by promoting the Couch to 5K scheme (where we also actively signpost participants to the parkrun) as well encouraging people to join the local regular walking groups.
Active Practice Champions
Several of our team members are also what we call 'Active Practice Champions'.
My name is Jo Fordham and I am one of the the Active Practice Champions. I started my role as a Health Connector at Frome Medical Practice in 2015, promoted to Senior Health Connector in 2019. (You can find out more about what health connectors do here.)
I am passionate for exercise and healthy eating to be accessible for all. Since being at the practice I have run exercise sessions for patients and staff. This includes the Couch to 5k, Run, Walk and Talk and Escape pain, a self management and exercise programme for people who have osteoarthritis of the knee/hip.
As a Health Connector my role is to help people to make positive healthy lifestyle changes through working 1:1 or in groups.
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