The Joint Consultative Forum
The Joint Consultative Forum was formed in 2010 to establish exercise as a routine part of the prevention and management of chronic disease. It is an independent group that promotes co-operation between exercise professionals and allied healthcare professionals.
The evidence base is now well established for the use of exercise in the promotion of health, the prevention of conditions exacerbated by sedentary behaviour, the management of chronic disease and sustaining a healthy and independent old age. Some doctors and other healthcare professionals actively recommend that their patients become more active but the self-reported date evidence shows that only a third of the population take the recommended minimum level of activity to maintain health as defined by the CMO's guidelines.
Schemes also exist whereby doctors can refer patients to a fitness instructor/ facility for a structured supervised exercise programme. Across the UK there is a variable uptake and quality of these schemes.
In order to address this, the Joint Consultative Forum is currently producing Professional and Operational Standards for Exercise Referral. The Forum is currently chaired by the Royal College of Physicians representative, Col. John Etherington, whilst the drafting group for the Professional and Operational Standards for Exercise Referral is chaired by Prof. Jo Doust of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The precise membership of the forum is as follows:
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
- College of Occupational Therapy
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Faculty of Public Health
- Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Register of Exercise Professionals