Health and sport and physical activity further strengthen their relationship with new partnership


This partnership is an innovative one for our sector, further strengthening an already growing link between sport, activity and health. Collectively this partnership is helping to break down the barriers between healthcare and sport and physical activity professionals and continues the conversation about what our sector can do to benefit the nation’s health and the NHS.

As part of this partnership, we are also pleased to announce the publication of the Health Navigator Professional Standard and the first endorsement against it is RSPH’s Level 3 Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement - Supporting Behaviour Change in Professional Practice qualification.

This professional standard seeks to support frontline employees within the sport and physical activity sector as they engage, signpost and support new or returning participants to physical activity or other lifestyle interventions.

With their newly endorsed qualification, RSPH are opening the door to give sector professionals access to the training that they need to upskill and fully support those who may need health interventions, alleviating stress from the NHS and aligning health and sport and physical activity even more closely.

CIMSPA CEO, Tara Dillon, is enthusiastic about the partnership, commenting: “We are pleased and excited to welcome RSPH into CIMSPA partnership and look forward to our ongoing work with them.

“Our new partnership with the RSPH comes at a time when sport and physical activity’s connections to the health sector are growing increasingly more important and we believe that by growing and developing these partnerships, our work together can be a real positive force for change.

“I look forward to seeing the results of this partnership and furthering our vision of having a truly active nation, with a professional workforce that reflects the best of both of our sectors.”

Colin Huffen, CIMSPA Head of Regulation and Standards, “With colleagues having just attended the annual RSPH awards it’s a fantastic time to announce our partnership. CIMSPA are delighted to partner with a lead organisation from the health sector and this will provide endorsement to their high quality training products our members can benefit from.

“We’re really pleased to announce RSPH are the first organisation to gain endorsement for their Level 3 Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement, aligned to our Health Navigator Professional Standard. This qualification will enable the sport and physical activity workforce to play a significant role in tackling the health inequalities our population faces and support them to make physical activity part of their everyday routine.”

Richard Burton, Director of Qualifications at RSPH commented: “As a CIMSPA awarding organisation partner, RSPH is looking forward to be able to bring more of our public health qualifications into the field of sport and physical activity and we are delighted to announce this exciting and innovative partnership. “The professional standard will play a pivotal role in supporting frontline staff across the sport and physical activity industry to engage with the public to build and support our shared goal of an active, fit and healthy nation.”

Last year the ‘Going the Distance Report’, published by RSPH, highlighted the central role that CIMSPA’s Professional Standard’s are going to play in enhancing the support role of the UK’s exercise professionals and their role in public health. We look forward to continuing this supporting role whilst working on further qualifications with them in the future.

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