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Public health and physical activity

As a health professional, you have a responsibility to promote good health to every one of your patients.

Physiotherapy staff are well placed to make a positive impact in public health across the UK. Start to make a difference yourself by using the links below for ideas and suggestions.

Find out more about public health

File 193146Public health covers both illness prevention and promotion of personal wellbeing.  Use our introduction page if you are unsure about what public health means or need help locating resources.

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Allied Health Professions advisory fitness for work report

File 194023Using the AHP report helps you to provide information on the functional impact of a patient’s reported problem and to suggest options that may support the patient to remain in, or return to, work.

Download a copy to use and see further guidance

Make Every Contact Count (MECC)

File 191826By using a MECC approach healthcare professionals can help people make healthier choices to achieve positive long-term behaviour change. Access Public Health England's resources to support local implementation and measure impact:

Access MECC resources

Physiotherapy works - for obesity

File 190909Obese individuals often have complex biopsychosocial barriers to physical activity participation. Physios are uniquely positioned to facilitate physical activity required for weight management in these patients.

Download the evidence briefing on obesity

OneYou: self help for public health

File 190906Tell your patients about the government's self-help, public health website which has resources covering eating, drinking, moving, sleep and stress, as well as a self-assessment quiz.

Visit the OneYou website

Help people manage chronic conditions

File 190917The Fit for Work Coalition has produced a 'My plan for life' guide to help people with chronic conditions better manage their own care, including the possibility of returning to work.

Download 'My plan for life'

Keep people healthy

File 190912The World Health Professions Alliance has produced a tool to inform individuals on positive behaviour and lifestyle changes to avoid chronic or noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Access the Health Improvement Card

Advice on smoking cessation

File 190908All healthcare professionals - not least physiotherapists - need to ask people they treat if they smoke, and offer advice on how to stop should this be the case. Access free, online guidance from the BMJ to find out how best to do this:

Brief advice on smoking

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