The CSP is developing a major new strengthening hub for physiotherapy staff and other professionals after securing further funding from Sport England.
‘Stronger My Way’ will feature behaviour change advice, patient insight and peer-to-peer discussion, along with the best strengthening resources recommended by a steering group of CSP members.
It will also feature a direct entry point for patients, offering advice, reassurance, motivation and an extensive range of strengthening activities to get them started.
The CSP are working with Earthware, digital specialists in healthcare, to create the hub.
It is phase two of the strengthening project the CSP started with Sport England and the Centre for Ageing Better in 2020, which saw the publication earlier this year of the ‘Let’s talk about strength’ report.
More than 600 people from across the health, fitness and voluntary sectors registered for a webinar hosted by Sport England and the CSP to coincide with the launch of the report.
Phase one involved multiple rounds of engagement with people with long-term conditions and physiotherapy staff. This approach will be repeated during the development of the hub.
Content for the hub is aligned to behaviour change theory and based on key recommendations made by MOVE Consulting, who worked with an expert panel of CSP members.
Sara Hazzard, CSP assistant director of strategic communications, anticipated strong interest in the new hub.
‘We are delighted to continue our partnership with Sport England and excited about the potential for the hub to support more people living with long-term conditions to do strengthening on a regular basis.
‘We’ve taken the extensive insight we gained in phase one and developed a plan for the hub that will address the beliefs, barriers and motivations patients and physiotherapy staff told us are common in regards to strengthening.
‘We’re grateful to Sport England for their continued support for this vitally important issue.’
The CSP website will host the hub, which is due for launch in the first quarter of 2022.
Mike Diaper, Sport England’s executive director for children, young people and tackling inactivity, said: 'The importance of strengthening has increased during the pandemic, as lockdowns and other disruptions meant that many people experienced deconditioning.
‘The physiotherapy workforce has the expertise to help people to build their strength back up, so we are pleased to continue our partnership and continue to make impact in this area.'
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