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Disabled people taking a lead in the changing landscape of health, wellbeing and personalised care: a new approach to promoting physical activity

Monday 15th July 2019

Disability Rights UK and Sport England showcased the growing evidence base brought about by one of DR UK’s flagship programmes, Get Yourself Active.

The audience listening to Leanne Wightman, Project Manager, introducing the event

As well as sharing our key learning, tools and approaches, this event was our chance to celebrate the work of Get Yourself Active throughout the first four years of the programme.

On Monday 25th March 2019, Get Yourself Active hosted a celebratory event aimed at individuals, groups and organisations who are interested in evidence-based practice relating to disabled people’s health and wellbeing.

The event was an opportunity to discuss new evidence about how to create the best outcomes for disabled people through physical activity. It was a chance for attendees to engage with like-minded people from social care, health, wellbeing and physical activity sectors. We launched our much anticipated evaluation report for the whole programme.

Our key speakers included James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care Group at NHS England and Mike Diaper OBE, Executive Director of Children and Young People, Tackling Inactivity at Sport England. Our expert panel discussed the findings in relation to a variety of themes including disabled people led approaches to improving health and wellbeing; knowledge transfer to disabled people to increase demand for physical activity; working through social care and health professionals to deliver this knowledge and what all of this means for personalised care. We also looked at how this evidence sits within different sectors with reference to social investment, service delivery and workforce development.

Guests networking

Get Yourself Active’s Webinar

Following on from the success of the event, we had lots of people contacting us who were unable to attend in person and wanted to learn more. This is why we put together a webinar designed to be an overview of the Get Yourself Active programme and its evaluation report covering the last four years.

The webinar was broken down into three sections which reflect the evaluation report and the three strands of Get Yourself Active’s work: the local coordination model, co-production with the sports sector and the social worker guidelines.

The webinar is introduced and chaired by Leanne Wightman, Project Manager of Get Yourself Active at Disability Rights UK. This is followed by short presentations from Brett Smith, Head of Research in the school of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham and holds a Chair in Physical Activity and Health, and Tim Bidey, Senior Consultant at Traverse. The webinar was then followed by a short question and answer session providing the opportunity for webinar attendees to find out more about the findings from the past four years.

Click here to watch to the webinar

The Get Yourself Active panel

What’s next for Get Yourself Active?

We’ve got lots of plans for the upcoming years which build upon our evaluation report learning.

We will be building on the success of the social worker guidelines and working with new partners to develop these for different audiences. We will continue to work with Disabled People’s User Led Organisations who are interested in exploring the Local Coordinator model and we will work with the sport sector to develop its understanding and delivery of co-production.

For more details on what these plans entail sign up to the Get Yourself Active monthly newsletter and keep checking the Get Yourself Active website for updates.

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