Mental Health care improvement
Organisation: Sport England
Sport England has been working with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to pilot incorporating physical activity in treatment pathways within NHS Talking Therapies services. The pilots have shown some success but before committing to further support and funding in this area, they were interested in understanding more about the current landscape and evidence.
We were commissioned to conduct a short research and insight project which aimed to explore how physical activity could be better utilised within NHS Talking Therapies to help improve mental health outcomes. The research also looked to build a picture of the national landscape to inform future activities and policies.
The impact of our work
This research report has been taken forward by Sport England supported by our team and activated considerable interest amongst national and local partners, with new plans under development to deliver activities aligned to the key recommendations. It has also opened the door for Sport England to engage directly with the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team and explore opportunities around this.
Example pages from the findings and recommendations report
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Find out more
Find more information about the findings and recommendations of the full report on our Sport and physical activity page, or on Sport England’s news article. The full report will be released in early April 2023.
Get in touch
To hear more about our work, or to find out how we can work together with you, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.