Please see below for some case studies from our current referrers.
Read what they have to say about the programme, why they signed up and how they are finding making referrals.
Rowlands Pharmacy - Henley Avenue
Why did your organisation decide to sign up as Referrer for the GO Active, Get Healthy programme?
Our Area Manager signed us up and gave us the posters up and our leaflets, but we were happy to contribute to the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. It seemed a good idea to help people to get active and improve their quality of life.
How have you found the process of referring patients into the programme?
Not easy as most customers are in a hurry and have no time to talk. But we try our best to promote the service.
How comfortable are you discussing the issue of physical inactivity with your patients?
We feel quite comfortable about asking customers about their inactivity, we try to enhance the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We ask everybody we can in the pharmacy when we have a moment, especially customers that are trying to give up smoking, buying diet products, people with high cholesterol.
Does it make it easier having the GO Active, Get Healthy programme here for you to signpost people to?
Yes it is an extra service to sign post and patients find it very attractive.
Have you seen any patients that have benefited from the programme or received any feedback?
Maybe more free or group activities during the weekends, more variety of sports such as boxing, basketball... (more intense sports)
Here for Health Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital
The Here for Health Centre is a health improvement advice service offered by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH). Patients, staff and visitors to OUH can drop into the Centre, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, for support with healthy lifestyle choices. Physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle and the Go Active Get Healthy programme has been a valuable resource to support and encourage Here for Health service users to take that first step to increasing physical activity for their health.
The GO Active, Get Healthy programme addresses obstacles to activity, providing knowledgeable information about local activity options and effectively supporting individuals in accessing affordable, appropriate and fun activities. The self-referral form is quick and easy to complete breaking down a common initial barrier of lack of confidence in contacting a support service. GO Active, Get Healthy provides a flexible service contacting individuals at a time convenient for them to discuss the options available in their local area, match activities to their preferences and encourage the steps to start and then continue the journey of becoming more active.
Our brief intervention service aims to engage individuals in healthy lifestyles and health behaviour change, the GO Active Get Healthy programme augments our service. It provides opportunities for individuals to participate in physical activity and provides support to increase an individual's confidence to succeed in their physical activity goal
The GO Active, Get Healthy service is a valued partner of the Here for Health service.