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08:00 - 09:00 - Registration, refreshments, and networking 

Refreshments served in the Atrium

09:00 - Welcome to the conference 
Yvonne Harrison,
Conference Chair, CEO, Women In Football

Introduction to the Improving Health and Increasing Activity Conference 

09:10 - Improving the Health of the Nation
Jamie Blackshaw,
National lead physical activity and healthy weight at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (confirmed)
  • State of the nation: physical activity levels and benefits  

  • A system approach to physical activity 

  • Update on OHID and Sport England's 'Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme, with a focus on Activating NHS Systems

09:30 - Active Brains
Dr William Bird, CEO, Intelligent Health 
  • How physical activity reduces anxiety and depression.

09:50 - The Benefits of a Free Bike Scheme

Ed Pegram, Commercial Partnerships Manager, Raleigh

Julian Sanchez, Head of Active Travel, Essex Council

Michelle Howard, Healthy Communities Director, The Active Wellbeing Society

  • How the humble bicycle has the power to change lives.

  • The Big Birmingham Bike project and Essex Pedal Power.

  • Tackling health and transport inequalities - the social and economic benefits.

  • Creating a more inclusive, healthy community and removing cost as a barrier to participation

10:10 -  Questions and Answers.  

Opportunity to ask questions of our panel of experts.

10:30 -11:00 - Coffee, Refreshments and Networking

Served in the Atrium

11:00 -  Creating and Implementing Social Prescribing Strategies
Nicola Gitsham, Head of Healthcare Inequalities and Personalisation (confirmed)
Tracey Lines, National Lead for Physical Activity at the National Academy for Social Prescribing
  • What is social prescribing and personalised care?

  • How social prescribing can help connect people to physical activity

  • Current government policy on social prescribing and progress so far

  • How to create strategic partnerships across sectors and use social prescribing to tackle health inequalities and improve population health. 

11:20 - Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilots: Linking behaviour change and infrastructure for increased walking and cycling for short journeys.
Jenny Box,
Project Adviser for the Active Travel Team, Department for Transport (confirmed)
  • An introduction to the DfT’s Active Travel Social Prescribing pilots.

  • An overview of the feasibility study process, the successes of cross-government working and collaborative project design.

  • Intended project outcomes and investigating the link between behaviour change interventions and capital infrastructure investment.

11:40 - Active Environments - Building for a Healthy Life; Homes England’s role in promoting active and sustainable transport outcomes and places through design quality.
Jon Sandford,
Senior Manager in the Master Development and Design Team, Homes England (confirmed)
  • Introduction - Homes England’s overall role and remit.

  • Our design quality approach in housing site delivery.

  • The role of transport in delivery quality places; Vision and Validate – an emerging transport approach.

  • Sustainable and active travel components in street and place design.

12:00 - Case Study Presentation - How can transport planning play a key role in promoting a healthier lifestyle?
Neil McAlpine,
Director of Transport Planning, LUC (confirmed)
  • Focus on the design of space to encourage more sustainable modes including elements such as decluttering.

  • Encouragement of integrated planning from Stage 1 through to delivery.

  • Promotion of the concept of local living and designs used to encourage cycling and wheeling.

  • Brought together through inclusive and permeable design principles.

12:30 - 13:15 - Workshop Presentation -  Creating a Movement for Health: enabling people with health conditions to be active (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Michelle Roberts, Physical Activity & Health Programme Manager, Richmond Group of Charities (confirmed)
Jenna Peel, Policy Manager - Physical Activity, Alzheimer's Society​
  • The barriers people with long term conditions face in being active
  • Ways that we can support people to move more
12:30 - 13:15 - Workshop Presentation. The Lockdown Repair Shop is Open for Business – Live Longer Better!  (Naim Dangor)
Sir Muir Gray
Annie Holden, Strategic Health Lead Active Partnerships National Team (confirmed)
Tom Mack, Programme Manager for Later Life, Active Devon (confirmed)
Will Slemmings, Strategic Lead for Health and Wellbeing, Herts Sports Partnership (confirmed)
  • Live, Longer, Better is a cultural revolution pioneered by Sir Muir Gray

  • Developing a new culture: from care to enablement, using activity (physical, cognitive and emotional) as the driver to increase healthspan for older adults.

  • A prevention-based approach ‘to reduce the need for health and social care and more recently it is a means to ‘reverse the effects of lockdown’

  • Our work with the powerful Active Partnership network 

  • Presentations from Active Devon and Herts Sport Partnerships​

13:15 - 14:15 - Lunch, Refreshments, and Networking (Served in the Atrium)

Served in the Atrium

14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - Navigating the Implementation Gap. An approach to support the creation of active environments. (Guy Whittle Auditorium)
Andy Mytom,
Partner, David Morley Architects.
Ben Phillips, Director of Strategy and Place, Lands Improvement Holdings.
Trevor Smith, Vice-Chair, International Physical Literacy Association
  • Creating active environments that improve our health. 

  • From sport to activity. The importance of developing physical literacy at a young age.

  • Implementing design that will help to create new environments.

  • Lessons learnt from an Active Environment case study supported by Sport England, and cues from the International Physical Literacy Association.

14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - Workplace Health - How can we help people be healthier in the workplace (Naim Dangor)
Mark Williams, Managing Director, Active Sit Stand 
Paul Blythin, Operations Manager, Active Lancashire
Beth kay, Operations Manager, Active Lancashire
  • Our Workplace Health Journey in Lancashire

  • What we've learnt about engaging with businesses

  • Working with wider stakeholders - Integrated Care Systems, Local Authorities, VCFSE and project partners

  • Future development plans to make workplace health a priority in Lancashire

14:15 - 15:00 - Masterclass Presentation - How Motiview Improved Health Amongst Hundreds of Seniors in Just 90 Days (Seminar Suite)
Matt Archer, 
Market and Business Developer, Motitech UK
  • Just 1 in 400 people in care settings were classed as active.

  • 24% of participants moved from inactive to active, after just 3 months!

  • 20% cycled more than 30mins per week!

  • 14% increase in general health & wellbeing.

  • Statistically significant improvements in all measures, leading to increased quality of life.

  • The introduction of Motiview led to care home staff feeling more motivated and increased the staff work environment.

15:00 - Moving Medicine - Active Hospitals. A system approach.
Dr Christopher Speers, MBCHB BSC(HONS) MRCP(UK) MFSEM(UK) DIPSEM PGCERT (MSK ULTRASOUND) Active Hospitals Lead, Moving Medicine
  • A systems approach to integrating physical activity into secondary care.

  • The short and long term benefits for all.

  • Live case study.

15:20 - The Active Practice Charter. How GPs are talking the talk and walking the walk
Dr Andrew Boyd, GP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity and Lifestyle, Royal College of General Practitioners (confirmed)
  • A growing network of GP teams are proud to call themselves Active Practices 

  • A fun, simple way to encourage patients and staff to move more and reduce sedentary time, for physical and mental wellbeing

  • Case studies of inspiring Active Practices

  • How wider stakeholders can collaborate with primary healthcare

15:40 - Group Exercise Instructors: Healthcare’s secret weapon? 
Marcus Kingwell,
  • Group exercise is the third-highest activity for participation rates in England 

  • The Group Exercise audience is over 80% female, with campaigns like This Girl Can - activating more women into grass-roots activity every week.

  • 55% of group exercise instructors want to be involved with social prescribing

  • 65% want to be involved in GP referral schemes 

  • Many people struggle to find an entry point, meaning people miss out on physical activity opportunities.

16:00 - Questions and Answers

An opportunity to ask questions of our panel of experts.

16:30 - Conference Close 

Thank you for joining us today, see you again soon! 

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