"An exciting subject area for the BHFNC"

This year's BHFNC annual conference theme is Just Good Medicine. The event will explore the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of long term conditions. 


A word from the director


Elaine McNish, BFHNC Director talks to us about this year's event. Here is what she had to say:


Elaine, why are you excited about this year’s conference?

The role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of long term conditions is an exciting subject area for us as it is the key focus our work. This event will be an opportunity to explore the latest evidence and best practice from leading academics and practitioners in the field. Another added element is that this year we will be hosting the conference in collaboration with the new NCSEM.


Can you set the scene as to why this is an important topic?

It's really timely because the growing prevalence of long term conditions is placing an increasing burden on the NHS and we need to look for alternative strategies to reduce this burden. Over the past few years more evidence has emerged on the role of physical activity in long term condition treatment and management. This conference is an opportunity to unpick the evidence and explore what we can practically do to deliver projects on the ground that encourage sustained behaviour change, supported self-management and help improve the populations’ health.


What can delegates expect from the day?

I’ve attended the BHFNC conference for several years as a practitioner before starting my role as the Director. The day provides a great opportunity to get up to date on the latest research, to learn about what other people are doing out in the field through case studies of good practice and to network with colleagues.

From an academic perspective the conference provides an opportunity to explore the gaps in research and how research will be practically applied in the field.

The translation of research into practice is a key priority of the work of the BFHNC and the NCSEM. This conference is the perfect vehicle to enable the sharing of knowledge between academics and practitioners.


For you, what are the programme highlights?

Following my involvement in setting up the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales, I’m interested in the breakout session about physical activity care pathways. I want to see how projects have overcome the practical issues of delivering a patient-centred service while incorporating elements of self-management.

I will also be fascinated to hear Dr Darren Warburton speaking about the latest evidence around physical activity and long term conditions as he is a widely acknowledged academic in the field and will bring a wealth of experience with him all of the way from Canada. Another exciting element will be the discussion about genetics and understanding what we can learn from this field and how this could impact upon clinical and public health practice in the future. This area of research is likely to be new to many people.


For further information or to book your place please visit www.iexevents.co.uk/bhfnc2015


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What are you looking forward to at this year's event? 

We'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to write a blog for our website or make a short video of yourself outlining what you're looking forward to please get in touch at bhfnc@lboro.ac.uk