First Community Physiotherapists help staff keep fit

Published on 10/07/2012
First Community Health and Care Work Out At Work Day

Physiotherapists from First Community Health and Care outpatient team organised a ‘Work out at Work Day’ for staff at SASH and First Community Health and Care, to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The day was organised as part of the national Work Out at Work Day run by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. A survey released by CSP in 2010 found that 36% of employees worked through their lunch break, and a quarter took no breaks at all during the day on a regular basis.

30 minute taster sessions were organised and led by Senior Physiotherapist Kyle Booth and Clare Armer on the 15th June and the 20th June including, Get your back fit, Ballroom/Latin classes, Nordic walking and Pilates. The classes aimed to promote exercise as a way of staying healthy and to encourage people to get more active during the day. Kyle said that “There was a great turnout for all classes. I found the dancing a real giggle, due to my lack of coordination, but it was also physically demanding and rewarding for all. The people who attended the sessions found the information really beneficial, with several people enquiring about where they can access further classes which is a great result”.

All sessions were well attended by staff who gave up their time on lunch breaks to take part. There were handouts with exercises and information about staying healthy for participants to take away. For more information contact: Liz Hobby, Assistant Communications Manager, First Community Health and Care, 01737 780209.

Notes for editors:

Spending lots of time sitting, carrying out repetitive tasks, or using a poor technique when doing physically demanding work can lead to significant health problems, such as stress and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which are problems affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or other soft tissues and joints [CSP 2012].

First Community Health and Care is a new social enterprise community interest company providing NHS community Services to the population of East Surrey as well as some therapy services in West Sussex. FCH&C has been operating since October 1st 2011 under the Government’s policy of Transforming Community Services and was approved by NHS Surrey following a rigorous assurance and approvals process. The services provided had previously been run by Surrey PCT.