[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”100″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”1100×425″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]


[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”118″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”466 × 238″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Sports as Medicine


The HEAT team have been successful with and Awards for All bid from the UK national lottery fund to design and publish a manual that looks at sports specific activity as a rehabilitative tool for specific chronic conditions. These include, Cancer, Arthritis, Anti-inflammatory disease and Cardio Vascular Disease and associated co-morbidities. The selected sports are Boxing, Badminton, Swimming, Gymnastics, Karate, Tennis, Football, BMX, Dance and Basketball. The HEAT team and their co-workers aim to produce an educative manual that aims to break down the barriers to participation in sporting activity due to chronic disease and associated symptoms and side effects. Once the publication has been completed the HEAT team will then approach individual national governing bodies of sport for further investigation into the tailored benefits of their sport.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10″][vc_column_text]

The Manual “Sport as Medicine” is offered free of charge.

Please download the manual here

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” color=”#e0e0e0″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]‘Modality Vanguard’ social prescribing project


HEAT is currently in the process of assisting in the development an innovative ‘social prescribing model’ to improve the overall health and wellbeing of individuals (in the age group of 18-25 year olds) with mental health conditions and low level depression.  This task has been assigned by the ‘Modality Vanguard’ (a network of 24 GP practices), a member of ‘Connected Care Partnership’ in Birmingham.

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer patients to a wide range of non-clinical services. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, gardening, cookery, healthy eating advice and physical activities. Our approach is to investigate how physical activity can be an effective way of promoting health and wellbeing of these patients using a true bottom up approach. We believe that physical activity initiatives are evidently an effective and safe intervention that can improve health outcomes.

In summary, this approach will include to;

  • Engage people with mental health conditions using focus groups to design the interventions and to be involved in activity based interventions
  • Develop a programme of exercise related activities based at Handsworth Wood Leisure Centre in Birmingham with a focus on extending to the localities of Handsworth Wood, Lozells, Aston, Soho, and Birchfield
  • Support health care professionals to increase knowledge in social prescribing and physical activities to address health issues
  • Identify levels of knowledge and skills of the target group to design a potential approach to promote their health & wellbeing
  • Map out local assets/groups/locations that can support activities and improve health outcomes for the target population
  • Design an ‘experienced’ and ‘academic research based’ social prescribing model

This project is intended to achieve the following health related outcomes for participants as well as health care organisations;

  • Support people with mental health conditions to manage their own health
  • Reduce unnecessary pressure on primary care and GPs
  • Increase the sense of wellbeing, confidence, skills and knowledge to self-care
  • Reduce referrals to specialist services including mental health services
  • Develop  a more sustainable, cost-effective health and care system

This project started on July 2017 and expected to be completed by July 2018.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” color=”#e0e0e0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Social Isolation and sport participation in disability- Erasmus Sport Programme


HEAT has been successful in winning a grant from Erasmus fund to conduct a three year research (2017-2019) project on tackling social isolation among disability people using sport. It is revealed that one in five of the UK population considers themselves to be a disabled person. Most of them are not active as they would like to be and their demand is not being met. Only 17% of disabled people take part in sport for 30 minutes once a week (Sport England Active Survey, June 2016). It is evident that 77% of disabled persons do not take part in any sport or physical activity at all. Therefore, it is critically important to encourage them to be active using sport.

The main aim of our approach is to provide direction for increasing access to sport amongst them. This includes the participation in wide spectrum of sports, from the ‘elite’ sports person to someone taking part in light physical activity for recreational purposes.


Specific objectives of this project are to:

• Explore the effects of social isolation of disability groups and how participation in sport and physical activities could alleviate this

• Understand the barriers faced by them in participating in sport and physical activities and understand their interests

• Provide an insightful and effective strategy that will eliminate the current barriers to sports participation among the target population

• Investigate the effects of participation in sport on their carers and immediate family members

Provide evidenced based examples of good practices of effective sport interventions

• Guidance on future research needs in terms of collecting baseline data for monitoring participation levels amongst the target groups[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” color=”#e0e0e0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Public Health Mark Scheme


HEAT in partnership with Public Health Birmingham is in the process of designing a Public Health Mark (PHM) tool kit. PHM enables to assess the quality of third sector service delivery.

As a first step of this initiative, HEAT and Public Health Birmingham are undertaking a mapping exercise of third sector organisations that are currently delivering services or projects related to Birmingham’s key health outcomes. The project aims to gather a portfolio of third sector deliverers to get a better understanding on the quantity and quality of delivery within the city.

The PHM is based on the Birmingham Health Framework and will be key in terms of maintaining the quality in delivering projects, eliminating poor administration and project management. It also aims at working with mainstream funders to add the scheme as an essential criteria for assessment of future funding applications by the funders.

At present, Public Health Birmingham does not have a system in place to assess the quality of an organisation requesting a reference to strengthen a funding application. By preparing a PHM, we will be able to address this issue and third sector institutions can benefit hugely.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” color=”#e0e0e0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top