BHFNC annual conference 2015

BHFNC annual conference 2015

Just Good Medicine - The role of physical activity in the prevention and management of long term conditions


This conference explored the current and potential role of physical activity in the prevention and management of long term conditions. Please download the keynote presentations and breakout session slides below.


Keynote presentations

Elaine McNish
Director, British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University
Introduction - Long term conditions: Setting the scene

Dr Darren Warburton
Co-Director of the Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, University of British Columbia
Physical activity and long term conditions: The strength of the evidence

Dr Justin Varney
National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
The commissioning landscape: The state of play

Professor Timothy Lightfoot
Omar Smith Endowed Chair in Kinesiology, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, USA
Progress, promise and problems on the road to physical activity personalisation


Breakout sessions


Dr Jenelle Clarke - Research Fellow with East Midlands Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, University of Nottingham
Louise Taylor - Head of Design, MoveLab, Newcastle University
Dr Paula Wray - Public Involvement Programme Lead/East Midlands Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands, Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester
Implementing research in practice


Professor Sally Singh - Head of Pulmonary/Cardiac Rehabilitation and Consultant Clinical Scientist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Member, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands
Richard Forsyth - BHF Area Development Manager Scotland
Sarah Worbey - Physical Activity Integration Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
Jeannie Wyatt-Williams - National Exercise Referral Coordinator, Welsh Local Government Association
Physical activity care pathways: Future ambitions


Professor Julia Fox-Rushby - Professor of Health Economics, Director Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London
Dr Nana Kwame Anokye - Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London
Dr Sabina Sanghera - Research Fellow in Health Economics, Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London
Investing in physical activity: The economic case


Dr Paul Chadwick - Clinical and Health Psychologist, Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London
Designing behaviour change interventions - slides to follow


Dr Jane Youde - Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Fit for Frailty


Dr David Stensel - Reader in Exercise Metabolism, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University
Is exercise harmful? The evidence explained


Sophie Cassidy - PhD Candidate, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
High intensity exercise improves cardiac structure and function and reduces liver fat in adults with Type 2 diabetes, despite no change in habitual physical activity


Dr Sally Fenton - Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, Clinical Research Unit at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley NHS Foundation Trust
A self-determination theory based intervention to promote autonomous motivation and physical activity engagement among patients with rheumatoid arthritis


Dr Michael Dunlop - Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist Trainee, East Midlands Deanery and General Practitioner
Evidence of inadequate knowledge and potentially dangerous physical activity prescribing by tomorrow’s doctors not ‘good medicine’


Corinna Hudson - Active Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Suffolk Sport
Suffolk Sport’s Active Wellbeing Health Projects


Sharing research and practice booklet


The BHFNC annual conference featured a sharing research and practice zone showcasing examples of interventions that have aimed to prevent or manage long term conditions through physical activity. The case studies summarised in this booklet are examples of projects, programmes or research studies that aim to do at least one of the following:

  • increase population levels of physical activity for the primary aim of preventing long term conditions
  • increase physical activity levels or reduce sedentary behaviour of individuals with detected, early disease or established risk factors
  • manage established disease through physical activity or exercise
  • encourage long term condition self management through physical activity
  • embed physical activity into existing disease pathways or clinical services
  • use behaviour change techniques or principles to encourage people with long term conditions to increase their physical activity
  • employ the principles of implementation science from the inception of a study, throughout its lifetime and beyond
  • change physical activity promotion practices of healthcare professionals through education and training.

 Download: Just Good Medicine - Sharing research and practice booklet



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