Supporting the NHS, upskilling leisure staff to deliver a comprehensive health check service

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Given public health is under pressure with increasing health inequalities and overstretched services the session aims to explore the potential for the leisure industry to work with health commissioners to offer services (i.e. NHS Health Check) to the necessary professional standards. Such developments could offer a number of potential benefits:

  • Save local authorities money,

  • Reduce demands on GP services,

  • Underpin local leisure provision,

  • Increase footfall in leisure centres/community venues,

  • Support wider leisure offerings (workforce wellbeing etc.),

  • Potential to increase long-term health and wellbeing.

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Simon Alford, Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Simon has worked in academia for 14 years in the areas of Public Health and Health and Social Care where he has taught to both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to working in academia, Simon completed a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education and Sports Science and an MDc in Exercise and Nutrition Science, having previously worked in leisure management and sports coaching roles.

He is currently working at the University of Central Lancashire with multiple agencies to develop health check training to be delivered in a non-clinical environment by leisure industry and third sector staff to promote early intervention aimed at improving health and wellbeing.

Simon has previously undertaken a wide range of research projects and service evaluations with a variety of organisations including Local Government, NHS and Third Sector. Simon has also served as a member of an NHS ethics committee for a period of three years.

Who should attend

Choose these breakouts for frontline-focused, practitioner-friendly content highlighting excellence and good practice in providing services that meet community needs.

Targeted at: duty managers, coaches and sport and physical activity practitioners keen to deliver inclusive, effective services.