Education and training

Improving cardiorespiratory fitness through increasing physical activity is a key public health priority to help address the increasing health burden of chronic non-communicable disease. Exercise can help both in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.  

The specialty of sport and exercise medicine has a key role in ensuring all healthcare professionals, including doctors, receive education and training in physical activity medicine, the principles of behaviour change with respect to physical activity and writing an exercise prescription. The aim is to empower healthcare professionals to provide advice to their patients to increase their levels of exercise. The specialty should also work closely with exercise professionals who could augment the delivery of education and the supervision of exercise programmes for patient populations. Introducing the regulation of exercise professionals by the Health and Care Professions Council would ensure that they meet standards and protect the public. 

The specialty also has an important role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, many of whom would also benefit from a more active lifestyle, leading to a healthier and happier workforce. 

Educational courses are offered regularly throughout the year by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine, the Faculty of SEM, the national centres for SEM, the governing bodies of sport and several other organisations.  

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has produced a cost of training document setting out the mandatory costs of training involved in college enrolment fees, examination costs and GMC fees. Published in October 2017, it has been compiled to help pre-specialty doctors make fully informed career selections, with a clear understanding of the mandatory costs of their future training pathway.