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With the summer Olympics over and the long days drawing in, it seemed a great time to hold our Work Out At Work Week (19-23 September 2016) - a week aimed at encouraging colleagues to be more physically active and promoted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Work Out At Work Weet

As Health Care professionals we spend large amounts of our clinical time supporting our patients to recover from injury or illness and encouraging them to become more independent including through exercise and activity. 

We tend to be selfless by the nature of our professions. But this week encourages us to think about self. The principles of physical activity and the spectrum of benefits apply to Trust colleagues every bit as much as to our patients. Trust physiotherapists joined forces with the colleague group “Health & Hustle” and together we focused the week on promoting achievable, fun physical activity both within & outside work. 

Colleagues held a huge array of events and activities across the organisation, linking in with the Trust Active Health and Hustle community during lunchtimes and after work.  Organised activities included mid-day walks to High Intensity Exercise sessions and from linking in with the Green Gym to military boot camps. People gave their time walking miles and benefitted from social conversations that just get squeezed out of our busy working lives.  We posted daily videos & blogs, raising the awareness of the importance of activity.  It has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm that spread across our workforce and we have been able to link this in with the Health and Well Being Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN), aimed at our greatest asset – our colleagues.

So for a week it was great to see “self” have a higher priority and to be able to give people the opportunity to take part in such a great programme of events, wherever you are and whatever your role.

Thank you to everyone who gave their time, either organising events or taking part in them or just by being a bit more active than you normally would. Look after yourself – there’s only one you!

Sarah Morton - Professional Head of Adult Physiotherapy and Caroline Hooper - Clinical Lead, Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MSKCAT).