Local Authority Services

Physical Activity Policy and Evidence Assessment

This physical activity service assessment utilises an evidenced based improvement tool which has been designed by the ukactive Research Institute to develop local action to increase physicalactivity rates. Based on the CLeaR local tobacco control assessment model, the tool has been designed for use by local authorities and health and wellbeing boards. The service offers:

  • An assessment tool that can assist in evaluating how closely service provision in a local authority area aligns with the evidence based guidance provided in the ‘Everybody active, every day’ framework
  • A chance to benchmark work on physical inactivity over time and against others

The aim of this physical activity service assessment is to highlight existing strengths and identify future opportunities for increasing physical activity and reducing physical inactivity in boroughs and local authority areas throughout the UK. In delivering this assessment, a wide range of local stakeholders in including private, voluntary and public sector organisations are engaged with whilst also building upon existing partnerships. 

The tool enables local authorities to:

  • evaluate local action on physical inactivity
  • ensure local activity follows the latest evidenced-based practice
  • identify priority areas for development
  • monitor improvements in services over time


The process is concluded with a written report, prepared by the ukactive Research Institute.The report includes key insights, strengths and opportunities for development. 

Based on these findings, recommendations are provided which highlight the actions that can be taken which have the strongest evidence base and are therefore likely to result in the biggest gains for tackling physical inactivity.

Primary Care Staff Training for Locally Commissioned Physical Activity Services

This service provides local NHS staff with the skills to effectively deliver a primary care based physical inactivity intervention.

Training will enable local NHS staff to deliver a primary care-based intervention that includes; recruiting and screening patients, guiding patients in motivating them to think about, start and persist with lifestyle change using a motivational interviewing approach that guides the patient towards setting personal goals and offers physical activity opportunities and additional support to patients where appropriate.


The training will enable those completing the course to: 

  • Identify adults who are inactive – adults should be identified who are not currently meeting the UK physical activity guidelines, attendees will be provided with, and taught to use, validated tools for the assessment physical activity levels. 
  • Deliver and follow up on brief advice – inactive individuals should be encouraged to be more physically active via the delivery of tailored advice. 
  • Provide information on local opportunities, record outcomes, and follow up with patients.
  • Incorporate brief advice into commissioning and care pathways – physical activity and advice should be incorporated into care pathways and to individuals most likely to be inactive. 
  • Highlight physical activity as an independent modifiable risk factor for many conditions and raise patient’s awareness of physical inactivity as a health risk.
  • Highlight the local offer able to support brief advice – systems and resources will be provided to enable signposting toward local services and providers.

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