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 virtual training or e-learning courses.

Free Virtual Training Courses

Learn from a qualified trainer in an interactive session and within your team or as a group. These training courses are being delivered virtually online until face-to-face training can be resumed. 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 via Zoom for your team email here.

2. PHE Physical Activity in Clinical Care
| 1 hour | Clinical

As a healthcare professional, you play a unique role in addressing inactivity, with one in four people stating that they would be more active if they were advised by a GP or nurse. Delivered by a local Public Health England (PHE) Physical Activity Champion, this short course covers the evidence for physical activity and long-term conditions, current Chief Medical Officer's guidelines, and how to provide brief advice during consultations. A Get Berkshire Active team member will join this session to give an overview of local activity opportunities.

This course is for registered healthcare professionals.

Book your place here or email

What people say about the training?

GP in Buckinghamshire, November 2020 said:

As a GP, health promotion is my number one priority as many of the diseases that we suffer are linked to diet and lifestyle. Your presentation and your delivery was absolutely excellent - I thoroughly enjoyed the polls and I plan to re-present it to my clinician colleagues [...]. I feel much better informed now. It was just perfect

3. GBA 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 for a limited time (funded by Sport England). This course can be delivered as 5 online modules by our trainer and was previously delivered as a full-day or 2-day course.

Funding has been provided by Sport England to deliver a limited number of courses for health and social care teams at no cost.

4. Making Every Contact Count (delivered by RBC)
| 3 hours | Clinical or Non-Clinical

Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities and populations.

This training aims to ensure individuals have the skills, knowledge and confidence to have MECC conversations. Training involves an overview of the MECC approach and key principles, health messages, positive conversation skills and conversation practice.

Training is currently being delivered by virtually by Making Every Contact Count Trainers across Berkshire West (coordinated by Reading Borough Council).

Find the next free course available on the Berkshire West Training Hub here

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

Marlize De Vivo

Marlize De Vivo

Active Medicine Programme Manager

Marlize is the Active Medicine Programme Manager at Get Berkshire Active. She is a qualified Biokineticist (HPCSA registered), Sports Rehabilitator and Trainer (BASRaT registered), and professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Outside of this role, she is an academic, co-director of the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group (PPARG) at Canterbury Christ Church University and CEO of The Active Pregnancy Foundation. Marlize has also been appointed to the UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines Expert Committee as a Specialist Member. She is a keen advocate of women's health and is passionate about highlighting the benefits of strength training for the female population.


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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