Helen Tite and Ben Jane of HEPA Marjon University
Since the NQAF in 2001, all key recommendations on Exercise Referral Schemes (ERS) have highlighted the importance of behaviour change techniques (BCTs) in the development of more active lifestyles for those with chronic health conditions. Despite the fact that all exercise professionals undertaking the REPs L3 exercise referral qualification will have been exposed to some BCTs, key recommendations have highlighted the fact that not enough attention is being given to supporting behaviour change in practice.
This session will review some of the key BCTs and in particular discuss how the use of group activity programmes can create the environment for change. There are many health and exercise professionals that have training in BCTs and many that are trained to deliver group exercise but few that have been trained to apply BCTs in groups. This session will address some of the opportunities and challenges of working with groups and draw on findings from scientific literature and experiences from the presenters own practice. Attendees will have an opportunity to share best practice and key guidelines for establishing effective groups will be shared.
Our South West event will be held in Bristol at St Pauls Community Sports Academy on Wednesday 1st July.