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ACP Long term conditions credential- community based exercise approaches – consultation – open to 16th May

Dear colleague

I am pleased to tell you that the above credential is now open for consultation on the Skills for Health website,

The population, targeted by the capabilities described in this credential are living longer but not necessarily well. More people in middle age (estimates between 15 and 30% of the UK population) are living with more than two long term conditions (LTCs). Sources of research identify that low levels of physical activity and higher levels of sedentary behaviour are also much more common in people with LTCs.

This ACP credential describes the leadership capabilities required to transform community based rehabilitation for this population – taking a population health management approach, building on local community assets and leading a wider rehabilitation workforce to offer an integrated and sustainable model. It also describes the capabilities required to deliver personalised holistic rehabilitation, taking a biopsychosocial approach that builds on an ACP understanding of behaviour change and psychological therapies.

The approach outlined in this credential will not meet all rehabilitation needs, but it could provide comprehensive support to meet the needs of people living with LTCs . It focuses on building personal knowledge, understanding and confidence to live well with a LTC(s) and be hopeful for the future, whilst also taking a proactive approach to secondary prevention, stopping or slowing the progression of poor health to complexity, frailty and disability.

The credential has been developed with a diverse expert reference group who have been drawn from across the health, leisure and fitness sector and has included people with lived experience.

I hope you will take this opportunity over the next three weeks to contribute feedback, and please share with your networks.

Best wishes

Faculty for Advancing Practice (Midlands)