London Sport’s ‘Tackling Inactivity through Social Prescribing’ seminar focuses on social prescribing workforce

Kat Mummery, Business Development Manager (Insight and Tech) attended London Sport’s ‘Tackling Inactivity through Social Prescribing’ seminar held recently in London.  It was attended by people who are responsible for promoting physical activity, manage or coordinate social prescribing programmes or who are developing a workforce to deliver physical activity.

One of London Sport’s missions is to help Londoners get more active.  London Sport works in partnership with other organisations such as community organisations and London local authorities to help physical activity and sport to work better in London.  Research commissioned in 2017 identified the need to focus on a non-traditional sporting workforce who are more likely to come in to contact with inactive people.  One focus is the social prescribing workforce, but it was found that this group is not always confident or skilful in prescribing sport and physical activity in their practice.  London Sport, in conjunction with Kent University delivered a pilot project to explore how the social prescribing workforce can be upskilled and the seminar was organised to look at the findings and how the work can be progressed.

Speakers from the Centre for Health Service Studies at the University of Kent, London Sport, and NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group.

Kat said ‘As the national governing body for group exercise, our vision is of a healthier nation through exercise.  There were some useful learnings from this seminar and our relaunched  classfinder website, will make it much easier for everyone to find suitable group exercise classes locally.’