Training for Health and Social Care Workforces

There is a wide range of training courses available to help health and social care workforces gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to promote physical activity and empower patients/clients to be more active. Whether you're a GP, social worker or volunteer befriender, you can learn through free training or e-learning courses.

Free Training Courses

Learn from a qualified trainer in an interactive session and within your team or as a group. These training courses can be delivered virtually online or face to face. Training sessions could be fitted into a team meeting or run as a stand-alone course.

1. Get Berkshire Active: Helping People Become More Physically Active
| 1 hour| Non-Clinical

We can all play a part in enabling others to be more active. Whether that's through signposting, discussing benefits or simply encouragement. In this interactive online session, we'll cover the importance and benefits of being active, national guidance and tips, free national resources, local opportunities and positive conversation skills. Participants will receive a free digital resource pack following the session.

This course is for people working in non-clinical roles such as social prescribers, care navigators, befrienders and volunteers.

To book a free workshop for your team email here.

2. Get Berkshire Active Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour Change
| 5 hours | Clinical or Non-Clinical

The aim of Motivational Interviewing training is to provide participants with the skills and confidence to have supportive and motivational conversations with patients that enable behaviour change, goal setting, and boost self-efficacy. Get Berkshire Active can provide free training for healthcare professionals (funded by Health Education England). This course can be delivered as 5 modules by our trainer either virtually or face to face, as a full-day or 2-day course.

Funding has been provided by Health Education England to deliver courses for health and social care teams at no cost.

To find out more and arrange a free course, contact:

Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Strategic Lead for Ageing Well

Kirsty is the Strategic Lead for Ageing Well at Get Berkshire Active. She leads on the development of GBA's Ageing Well theme, aiming to create the conditions for a healthy and independent later life. She is also lead liaison for Berkshire West Local Authorities. With over 15 years' experience within the sports sector, she holds a BA (Hons) in Sport, Health and Exercise, as well as an MSc in Sports Injury. Her previous roles were in local authority and the NHS, before joining GBA at its inception is 2011. Her sense of purpose has come from personally discovering the benefits of physical activity and she enjoys helping others to access them. In her spare time, she takes part in netball, fitness classes and loves being outdoors.

07394 564540

Moving Medicine - Online Learning Resource

Moving Medicine is an award winning free online resource to help healthcare professionals integrate physical activity conversations into routine clinical care. Find step by step conversation guides and patient leaflets for condition-specific consultations.

National E-learning Courses

Learn at a time and location to suit you and choose from a variety of e-learning courses, ranging in length from 1 hour to 12-weeks. The courses included below are produced by accredited organisations and offer CPD points. Follow each link to see an overview of the course content and learning outcomes.

1. Active Conversations

Time: 12 weeks (16 CPD points) | Audience: Clinical roles | Price: £150

Moving Medicine's Active Conversations is a practical, evidence-based online learning course developed by clinicians, for clinicians that teaches you how to have quick, effective and positive conversations that encourage patients to do more physical activity. Register for the the next course here:

2. All Our Health: Physical Activity

Time: 1-hour | Audience: Everyone | Cost: Free

PHE's All Our Health: Physical activity is a short interactive e-learning course designed to give healthcare professionals an overview of physical activity including key evidence, data and signposts. Access via Health Education England's learning portal (registration needed) -

3. Physical Activity and Health

Time: 11 modules (20-25 minutes each) | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free

PHE and Sport England's Physical Activity and Health course is an 11-module training, covering older adults, children and young people, pregnancy and post-natal, in addition to specific health conditions (cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, musculoskeletal health and mental health) and a 'how to' Motivational Interviewing video. Access via Health Education England's learning portal (registration needed) -

4. Making Every Contact Count

Time: 1 hour | Audience: Everyone | Cost: Free

PHE and NHS's Making Every Contact Count (MECC) course is a short interactive e-learning that looks at how we can use our everyday interactions to support behaviour change, without adding to busy workloads, and focuses on asking open questions and reflective listening. Access via Health Education England's learning portal (no registration needed) -

5. BMJ Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Time: 1 hour | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free

BMJ and PHE's Motivational Interviewing course is a short 1-hour module explaining what motivational interviewing is, its uses and explanations. Access via BMJ learning (registration needed) -

6. Physical Activity in the Treatment of Long-Term Conditions

Time: 9 modules (4.5 hours total) | Audience: Clinical roles | Cost: Free

BMJ and PHE's Physical Activity in the treatment of long-term conditions course covers 9 modules including cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and low back pain, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease (COPD and asthma), depression, anxiety, sleep and dementia. Plus a module on promoting physical activity in primary care. Access via BMJ Learning (registration needed) -

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