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Physical Activity Specialist

Company: Everyone Health - Newcastle Under Lyme    Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Full & part time roles available (40 hrs/week FTE). Salary range £21,000-£25,000 pro rata

Exciting opportunities are available for experienced, enthusiastic, dynamic and motivated Physical Activity Specialists with a passion and specialist interest in community empowerment, weight management and falls prevention. These roles will contribute to the development, provision and coordination of a Healthy Communities Integrated lifestyle Service for adults aged over 50, delivered across the county of Staffordshire. This community-based, multi component service brings together a range of different programmes under one Healthy Communities Service, centred on supporting residents to lead healthier lives. The service offers a personalised care package for adults over 50, with a focus on those over or underweight, socially isolated or at risk of falling, by providing psychological support, health checks, stop smoking advice, increasing physical activity and advice on maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.

You will be responsible for providing high quality, physical activity advice and support, including individualised exercise guidance, working within a multi-disciplinary community team. Providing expert physical activity advice, underpinned by a sound knowledge of the principles of behaviour change, you will support adults, across Staffordshire, to make and maintain health related behaviour changes to improve health and wellbeing.

We would like to hear from you if you are:

  • Passionate about providing high quality, evidence based services.
  • Experienced in providing high quality physical activity delivery within a community-based, health improvement service.
  • Experienced and confident in delivering one to one and group interventions, for adults over 50, with potential co-morbidities / complex needs.
  • Experienced and confident in providing exercise interventions across a range of health improvement areas, with at least two experience of working in the community.
  • Passionate and experienced in empowering individuals and groups, to make and sustain behavioural changes
  • Have current REPs registration Level 3 for Exercise referral, exercise on referral qualifications

To apply for this job, visit and download the Job Description / Person Specification and send in a current CV with supporting letter to the email address on the website.

Closing date is: 21st February 2018

Please note: Interviews will be held w/c 26th February 2018

This is a fixed term contract until April 2021 and is subject to satisfactory

enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check and references.


Physical Activity Specialist (Weight Management & falls prevention)


Our Physical Activity Specialists support our service users to improve their health and wellbeing through safely increasing their levels of activity, through targeted falls prevention and strength based programmes, through a thorough process of individualised and tailored care, from assessment and planning to implementing and evaluating progress.

This post holder will:

  • In line with NICE guidance, be responsible and accountable for the delivery of a high quality, evidence-based physical activity and prescribed exercise service for adults to achieve the patients goals for weight loss, weight gain, or strengths and balance improvement.
  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), provide specialist prescribed exercise and support (1-2-1 and group) regarding the benefits of, and opportunities to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase habitual levels of physical activity, to ensure excellent patient healthcare and contractual outcomes.
  • In line with NICE guidance and the local community level falls prevention pathway, be responsible and accountable for the delivery of high quality, evidence-based multifactorial falls risk assessments and interventions for adults 50+ at risk of falling or who report a fall
  • Support and contribute to the development of all community physical activity programmes from the least intensive and tailored (such as community walks) to the most intensive and tailored (such as individualised home based falls prevention programmes).


  • To plan, organise, deliver and evaluate the physical activity and prescribed exercise element of the Adult Integrated Community Health Service to adults over 50 years of age.
  • Accept and take responsibility for self-referrals or referrals of older people who have been identified as at risk of falling or who have fallen.
  • Provide comprehensive assessment and provision of individual physical activity advice and exercise prescription, together with on-going support to patients, in group and 1-2-1 settings implementing skills and knowledge of behaviour change theories.
  • Conduct multifactorial falls risk assessments with individuals who manage their activities of daily living
  • Develop tailored personal health plans in partnership with the individual to address falls risk factors identified by the multifactorial assessment, incorporating recognised evidence based falls prevention interventions and signposting and/or referring to other services as necessary
  • Assess and set up home strength and balance exercise programmes for individuals, as appropriate, selecting exercises from a defined exercise programme and provide ongoing support to enable the individual to achieve and maintain 3 times per week of progressive strength and balance training
  • Ensure exercise prescription is continually monitored and progressed / regressed, to reflect individual needs.
  • Support the physical activity development, delivery, evaluation and quality assurance of the integrated service and provide key physical activity expertise to the MDT and other colleagues within and across the wider Lifestyle services, ensuring excellent service delivery.
  • Facilitate and empower patients to change behaviour and adopt positive lifestyle changes by providing health education and evidence-based advice regarding increasing habitual physical activity, helping patients to address barriers to change.
  • To conduct on-going specialist physical activity support for those accessing the service including patient reviews and on-going case management, through 1-2-1 support where required, or support delivery of group sessions, for those who require this level of intervention.
  • Accountable for ensuring programme delivery is monitored using validated tools to collect and analyse patient performance outcome measures and evaluation, to ensure that the contractual KPIs are achieved and an excellent service is demonstrated; critical and rigorous implementation of all physical activity and functional capacity measures at key milestones across the services, ensuring excellent recording, monitoring and reporting on patient outcomes.
  • Utilising iMPACT (and other relevant systems) and internal reporting procedures to ensure rigorous data collection, to evidence service efficacy through generation of outcome data, contributing to an internal qualitative and quantitative evidence base, and demonstrate best practice and value for money.
  • Keep accurate records and written reports, ensuring patient personal information is recorded in accordance with Everyone Healths and Local Authority policies; Caldicott Guardian, Information Governance, Data Protection and Data Sharing compliance.
  • Work with the Service Manager, National Physical Activity Lead and Clinical Governance manager to achieve continual service improvement and client/patient-centred services in accordance with participant feedback, NICE guidance, national and local recommendations, professional competences and SLM policies and procedures, ensuring the service is delivered in line with CQC and HSCICs regulations.
  • Be compliant with all relevant policies, procedures and guidelines; including the appropriate code(s) of conduct associated with this post; maintain awareness of safeguarding issues, report and acting on concerns in accordance with Everyone Health and Local Authority policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the safety of all patients by undertaking: risk assessments, health and safety checks, equipment checks etc., as directed by the Service Manager and contract safety co-ordinator. Respond to any relevant clinical / colleague issues / incidences to manage a mitigate risk, and maintain best practice.
  • To have sound knowledge of common co-morbidities associated with obesity, malnutrition and risk of falls and the ability to liaise with the GP and other health professionals / agencies as necessary.
  • Work as a cohesive member of the Healthy Communities services workforce, through regular communication and liaise with community partners and referrers to ensure the successful of the service.
  • To be responsible and accountable for achievement of relevant contractual targets including referrals, uptake, completion percentage targets and effective outcome measures, through delivery of high standard care.
  • Support community engagement: build a network of key contacts and undertake networking publicity and promotional activity to raise the profile of the service and to identify and engage with target populations.
  • Respect colleagues professional roles and scope of practice, ensuring a supportive and proactive member of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Take responsibility for own CPD and participate in Everyone Healths induction, training and continual professional development as required; recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by professional body.
  • Evaluate patients response to health care provision and the effectiveness of care.
  • Ensure that commitment to equality and diversity is reflected at all stages of project planning, delivery and evaluation, in line with agreed service standards.
  • Support in administrative duties related to the patients where necessary, for example letters to referrers, follow up phone calls, motivational text messages as required.
  • Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes high quality.
  • Be an ambassador for Everyone Health, promoting the Healthy Communities service to members of the public and other stakeholders/ partners, where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the growth of Everyone Health by working collaboratively with Managers / colleagues to develop and have some responsibility for an expanding portfolio of services and products.



  • Ability to direct and co-ordinate programmes of care working autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Ability to produce individual and detailed exercise programmes, considering special adaptations required to accommodate an overweight, obese or underweight patient for appropriate physical activity / exercise prescription.
  • Ability to translate physical activity and exercise information into a format that is appropriate and understandable for patients to support compliance with increased levels of physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour, for habitual behaviour change.
  • A commitment to continuous service improvement with expert insight into patients needs, so that all patients receive high quality care.
  • Passionate about putting patients first and delivering a high quality service, emotionally sensitive and empathetic to members of the public who wish to improve their health
  • Proven ability to relate, motivate and confidently engage individuals in activities and discussion as part of a group and in a 1-2-1 situations.
  • Ability to work independently and manage own work load; able to work effectively and supportively as a MDT member.
  • Sound interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with all levels of colleagues, including effective partnerships with other agencies and service providers.
  • Evidence of experience in embracing and implementing change to provide high quality health outcomes.
  • Good presentation of self: enthusiastic, innovative and flexible.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals including participants, colleagues and external partners.
  • Proven planning, organisational and evaluation skills.
  • Ability to organise, monitor and check work to ensure no element of a task is left unfinished.
  • Ability to use generic software packages.


  • Sound knowledge of prescribing exercise and advising on physical activity to special populations specifically obesity or underweight, as well as at population / community level.
  • Sound knowledge of the complex care of the obese and morbidly obese or underweight patient.
  • Knowledge of specific physical activity and exercise requirements for delivering appropriate weight management programmes for adults over 50 years of age.
  • Knowledge of behavioural, emotional development and social isolation issues.
  • Awareness of Age UK guidance for professionals in regards to communicating falls prevention messages to older people to address the stigma associated with falling and to effectively engage older people in falls prevention services and interventions
  • Awareness of the benefits of undertaking strength and balance training to prevent falls
  • Knowledge of weight management, nutrition and physical activity in relation to health improvement.
  • Knowledge of psychological and behaviour change theoretical techniques in relation to supporting people to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Knowledge of NICE guidance relating to the treatment of obesity and relating to falls in older people
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Patient Confidentiality Act and the Data Protection Act.


  • Minimum of two years experience working in adult weight management programmes across a range of service settings, including community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with adults over 50 years of age in a 1-2-1 and group environment, to support positive lifestyle change.
  • Experience of delivering and prescribing exercise to those with co-morbidities and / or complex needs.
  • Experience of taking accurate physical measures and contributing to helping individuals meet physical activity/exercise targets
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a MDT / team.
  • Experience of working with patients of different cultures, genders and ages in targeted communities, in particular older people.
  • Experience of working to time schedules.
  • Evidence of experience in embracing and implementing change to provide high quality health outcomes.
  • Experience of working to challenging performance targets and achieving excellent outcomes


  • Degree or Diploma in relevant subject area, or equivalent knowledge and experience gained through working in a specialised physical activity role.
  • Desirable: recognised endorsed Chair based exercise or fall prevention Activity Leaders Qualification: e.g. Later Life or OTAGO.
  • Desirable: YMCA awards Chair Based Exercise qualification
  • Required: REPs recognised Level 3 Exercise Referral certificate (REPS Level 4 desirable)


  • Highly motivated self-starter with resilience, determination and the ability to see jobs through to completion.
  • Role incorporates evening / weekend working, with variable levels of travel across Staffordshire, working in a variety of settings including home visits, outdoor and community centres.
  • Full UK licence with access to a car (with business purposed insurance) for work.
  • Evidence of a personal commitment to continuing professional development and to maintaining an up-to-date professional knowledge supporting the development of business within the company.
  • This post involves working with vulnerable adults and as such the post holder will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records at an enhanced level (DBS).

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £21,000.00 to £25,000.00 /year

Required experience:

  • Working in a range of community, primary care and in patient: 2 years
  • working with adults 50+years with co morbidties: 1 year
  • delivering/prescribing exercise to clients w co-morbidities: 1 year
  • working in a multi disciplinary team: 1 year
  • taking accurate physical measures: 1 year
  • Providing high quality physical activity delivery: 1 year
  • empowering individuals & groups to behaviour change: 1 year
  • Providing excercise interventions in the community: 2 years

Required education:

  • Diploma

Required licences or certifications:

  • Fall Prevention Activity leaders qualification
  • REPs recognised Level 3 Exercise Referral certificate
  • Full UK licence with access to insured car for work
  • YMCA or Endorsed Chair based exercise qualification