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Making every contact count for physical activity—for tomorrow's patients: the launch of the interdisciplinary, undergraduate, resources on exercise medicine and health in the UK
  1. Ann B Gates
  1. Correspondence to Ann Bernadette Gates, ann{at}exercise-works.org

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In 2014, we reported a game-changing initiative to provide all UK, undergraduate medical schools, with a curricula and free resources on exercise medicine in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases.1 The second phase of this philanthropic project, sees the September 2015 launch of: an interdisciplinary, undergraduate, curricula and resources. This now raises the game for all healthcare professionals.

These latest, completely revised resources, now include: pregnancy, osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis/sarcopenia, falls prevention and motivational interviewing, in addition to 14 presentations and a textual module, covering chronic diseases, surgery and exercise. These new teaching materials supersede all previous versions. They are valid for 3 years, and will be updated annually, by the international team of contributors and, when the national and international physical activity guidelines are revised.

This global, interdisciplinary resource has been evaluated by 29 national and international, multidisciplinary, expert reviewers whose median rating was 8/10: excellent. The University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences, led the evaluation (P Callaghan. The University of Nottingham, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UK; personal communication).

The resources are available, free, only to undergraduate schools of medicine and health sciences, in the UK and worldwide. All student: doctors, nurses, midwives and all allied health professionals should be able to access the content via their University (contact ann@exercise-works.org for access details).

A series of questions on the role of exercise medicine in the prevention and treatment of ill health is undergoing a quality assurance process by the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance for inclusion into the national multiple choice question (MCQ) question bank, for finals examination, for the undergraduate medical degree. This means that all UK medical schools, will be able to access finals’ examination questions on exercise medicine and health. To the best of our knowledge, this is a world first!

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  • Interdisciplinary resource contributors This initiative has been led by Ann Gates. Curricula development and resources were developed by: Ann Gates MRPharmS, Member of the World Heart Foundation Emerging Leaders Programme 2014. Dr Brian Johnson, General Practitioner and Honorary Medical Advisor to Public Health, Wales. Dr John H M Brooks, PhD (together with existing Kings College Medical School undergraduate course resources in association with Dr Ann Wylie and Kings Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community). Dr Simon Rosenbaum PhD, Exercise Physiologist and Research Associate University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr Jane Thornton MD PhD, Resident Physician and Clinical Researcher, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Mr Ian Ritchie FRCS, President of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Scotland. Mr Chris Oliver MD FRCS, Honorary Professor Physical Activity for Health (PAHRC), Edinburgh University and Consultant Trauma Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland. Steffan Griffin, Medical Student at University of Birmingham, Director at Move Eat Treat, UK. Professor Patrick Callaghan, Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Head of School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Mr Jon Dearing, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon, NHS Kilmarnock, Scotland. Ellinor Olander PhD Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health, City University, London, UK. Fiona Moffatt PhD MCSP Assistant Professor, Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Alan Taylor MSc MCSP Assistant Professor, Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Paul Hendrick PhD MCSP, Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Victoria Hood PhD MCSP, Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Hamish Reid, Academic Clinical Fellow in Sport and Exercise Medicine, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, University of Oxford, UK. Jo Foster, Physical Activity Programme Lead, Macmillan Cancer Support, UK. Clare Stevinson PhD, Lecturer in Behavioural Aspects of Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University, UK. Dr J Varney, Dr M Brannan, Dr Z Williams, R Shaw and H Ridgley: Public Health England. David Lipman BHlthSci(Pod)Hons BAppSci(HMS)Hons, Medical Student at Deakin University, Australia. Dr Paul Remy Jones, Academic Foundation Year 2 Doctor, St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK.

  • National and International reviewers Julie Orr, MSc, HEA Fellow, Lecturer, School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Scotland. Dean and Professor Leigh Hale, School of Physiotherapy, Otago University, New Zealand. Dr Pedro Hallal, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. Dr Tim Carter, Teaching and Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Dr George Metsios. Reader in Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Wolverhampton, UK. Dr Holly Blake, Associate Professor of Behavioural Science, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Tom Denning, Professor of Dementia Research, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of School, Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology, Loughborough University, Leicester, UK. Dr Jane Culpan, Lecturer, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Scotland. Dr Mandy Jones, Course Director MSc (pre-reg) Physiotherapy, Brunel University, London, UK. Dr Michael Craig Watson, Associate Professor in Public Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Professor Ian Macdonald, Head of School of Life Sciences, Metabolic Physiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Senior Fellow at Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK. Professor Mark E Batt, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Centre for Sports Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK. Professor Patrick Callaghan, The University of Nottingham, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, UK. Michael Nash, Assistant Professor of Mental Health Nursing, Trinity College Dublin, Eire. Dr Sarah Goldberg, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Brenda Happell, Professor of Nursing and Executive Director, Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice, University of Canberra, and ACT Health, Canberra, Australia. Dr Inam Haq, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Reader in Medical Education and Rheumatology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK. Professor Helen Spiby, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Charlie Foster, PhD, Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Dr Eleanor Tillett, Honorary Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine, Institute for Sport, Exercise & Health, University College London, UK. Dr Tim Anstiss, Founder, Academy for Health Coaching, and Honorary Lecturer, University of West London, London, UK. Dr Gary Adams, Associate Professor in Diabetes Health and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Luke Howard, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, UK. Mr John Keating, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, and Clinical Director for musculoskeletal services in Lothian, Scotland, UK. Mr Alasdair Sutherland, Associate Professor, Deakin University Medical School and Director of Orthopaedic Services at South West Healthcare, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. Dr Kostas Tsintzas, Associate Professor of Human Physiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Michelle F Mottola, Director, R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation- Exercise and Pregnancy Lab, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

  • Funding The University of Nottingham evaluation was funded by Public Health England.

  • Competing interests ABG is a member of the World Heart Federation, Emerging Leaders Programme, 2014. CEO of Exercise-Works! Ltd. The University of Nottingham, School of Medicine and Health Sciences received funding from Public Health England for the evaluation of the resources.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned, un-funded, evaluation only funded by Public Health England; internally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The evaluation report is available from Professor Patrick Callaghan, The University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences, Nottingham UK.

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