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Community Access Programme

Last Updated: 8/21/2019

The Edinburgh Leisure Community Access Programme (CAP) has a clear vision ‘to promote positive partnerships to create opportunities for everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more’ with a focus on those least likely to participate in sport and physical activity.

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Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

Last Updated: 2/27/2019

The Centre for Ageing Better has produced a best practice guide to delivery of strength and balance programmes and the importance of referral pathways from rehabilitation to community based provision of programmes for effective dose for prevention of falls and frailty

professional support materials

Physical Activity Brief Advice and Brief Intervention Scripts

Last Updated: 6/29/2018

The Physical Activity Brief Advice and Brief Intervention Scripts were developed by NHS Health Scotland for use in an NHS Physical Activity Pilot due to commence in Scotland in January 2013.

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Scottish Physical Activity Screening Question (Scot-PASQ)

Last Updated: 6/29/2018

Scot-PASQ was developed by NHS Health Scotland for use in an NHS Physical Activity Pilot due to commence in Scotland in January 2013.

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Scottish Physcial Activity Screening Validation Report (Scot PASQ)

Last Updated: 4/11/2017

Scot PASQ was developed by NHS Health Scotland for use in a Physical Activity Pilot. Development and Validation The Scottish Physical Activity Screening questionnaire (Scot -PASQ) was developed and validated by NHS Health Scotland in partnership with the University of Edinburgh for use in an NHS Physical Activity Pilot. The Pilot The pilot assessed the feasibility of implementing a Physical Activity Pathway delivering Brief Advice and Brief Interventions in primary care in Scotland.

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Drive to get older people active in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1 million drive to help develop and spread work to increase levels of physical activity in older people in Scotland. Older people in care homes across Scotland are set to benefit from a programme to boost physical activity. An improvement programme will run which provides training and development to staff in care services in different areas in Scotland. Local learning events will be held and the programme team will offer support to care services to help increase levels of physical activity in the older people they care for. In Scotland there are 866 care homes for older people, approximately 2,500 care at home/housing support services and many other support services for adults. Developing and spreading work to improve physical activity participation in these care services through the proposed improvement programme supports the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of maintaining people in their own home or in a homely environment, prevention of ill health and admission to hospital and supporting self-management. Read more below:


Northern Soul Mates

Last Updated: 4/8/2015

The aim of Northern Solemates is to provide a network of community based opportunities for physical activity – ideally targetting people who are not currently very physically active.

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Sinclairtown Street Design Project

Last Updated: 4/9/2014

This is a novel partnership approach to the development of an active travel project. It takes on a practical aspect of exploring resident’s needs and actions with the concept that better quality places can be an important means of increasing active travel. This project worked with residents, the school community and council over an extended period to develop a set of design proposals that would encourage more active travel. This innovative project takes a holistic approach towards understanding how neighbourhoods can be better and safer places to travel through actively and better places to live, play and socialise on.

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Moving Forward - Pilton Community Health Project

Last Updated: 4/7/2014

The ‘Moving Forward project within the Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP) carried out a piece of participatory action research that explored and sought to address the deeper issues preventing people in North Edinburgh from taking part in regular physical activity.


Branching Out

Last Updated: 4/7/2014

Branching Out is an innovative programme which offers woodland activities on referral for mental health service users. Each group runs once a week for 12 weeks, and includes activities as diverse as health walks, conservation projects, bushcraft activities and tai chi. Activities are chosen to suit the physical ability of individuals in the group, as well as other factors such as time of year, woodland site and weather. Research has shown that Branching Out has a very low attrition rate, can help people increase their physical activity levels, and has benefits to physical, mental and social wellbeing. The programme aims to act as a stepping stone to encourage individuals to move on to more socially inclusive activities, while also acting as a adjunct treatment to their mental health issues.


Improving Equity and Access to Physical Activity Therapy in Palliative Care

Last Updated: 4/7/2014

It is now widely accepted that remaining physically active is beneficial for health, however for patients entering Specialist Palliative Care Service it appears that there is variation in physical rehabilitation offered, depending on individual diagnosis. To increase the focus on physical activity for all patients, a 12 month project was undertaken with the support of NHS Tayside Allied Health Professional (AHP) Practice Development Scheme. The project aimed to evaluate the impact of offering physical activity therapy for all patients based on their individual need.


Falls Prevention Exercise - following the evidence

Last Updated: 8/12/2013

This publication explains the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls.

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Older Adults practice briefing

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

Physical activity in later life can help maintain mobility, prevent falls and enhance mental wellbeing and cognitive functioning. This BHFNC practice briefing uses research evidence to provide practical strategies to effectively promote physical activity with older adults.

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BHFNC evidence briefings highlight physical activity benefits and cost

Last Updated: 5/14/2013

These two new evidence briefings from the BHFNC, written in partnership with the County Sports Partnership Network, are designed for anyone working in the field of physical activity and health.


Falkirk Community Trust Falls Prevention Programme

Last Updated: 12/10/2012

Falkirk Community Trust (Active/Step Forth) worked in partnership with Paths For All, NHS Forth Valley and other partners to develop a Falls Prevention initiative, incorporating Otago Strength and Balance exercises, health walks and gentle exercise into communities. This project looks to take falls prevention beyond the clinical setting and into communities so everyone can be proactive in maintaining their independence in older age.


City of Edinburgh Active Travel Plan

Last Updated: 12/5/2012

The Active Travel Action Plan is a package of actions designed to promote cycling and walking for all in the City of Edinburgh. It was designed with several partners, and has a timeframe from between 2010 and 2020.


Development of key themes for physical activity promotion for adults and older adults

Last Updated: 9/14/2012

Research commissioned by NHS Health Scotland to explore what motivates people to be regularly physically active in order to identify how best to communicate the guidelines set out in Start Active, Stay Active, in ways that will resonate with the public. This report focuses on adults and older adults, a sister report focuses on the early years, children and young people.


Aberdeenshire Walking & Cycling Action Plan

Last Updated: 5/9/2012

Aberdeenshire developed an action plan that presents a range of actions and policies that the Council will use to deliver increased levels of walking and cycling throughout the region.


Silver Deal Active

Last Updated: 4/18/2012

The Silver Deal Active programme is a joint partnership between Glasgow Housing Association and Glasgow Life that provides free regular, coach-led physical activity and arts sessions for older adults.



Last Updated: 3/1/2012

Vitality is a quality assured NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GG&C) and local authority physical activity programme. The classes support participants to exercise at a level suitable to their functional abilities. The classes are suitable for people with different physical abilities and medical conditions including stroke, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and breathing difficulties to name but a few.

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