Posted on 15th November, 2017
Active+ is an effective, evidence-based exercise class, supported by self-care technology, education and training, in a peer-to-peer supported programme developed in Huntingdonshire. The programme supports falls prevention (strength/ balance), cardiac, cancer and pulmonary rehabilitation.In May 2017, the Activ8rlives Active+ feasibility began with cardiac rehabilitation classes inte-grating remote monitoring technology. These are being extended to people with coronary heart disease risk factors, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and was formed through a collaboration between technology provider Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives), Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC), Papworth Hospital , Huntingdonshire Community Cancer Network (charity) and Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN).
Active+ provides:• Safe, supervised and evidence-based group classes, delivered in the community by a Physical Activity Specialist (PAS).• Education in the use of Activ8rlives health monitoring technologies empowering participants to self-care, is delivered alongside the exercise classes.• Peer support group(s) during which there are review session by PAS staff using participants-recorded data on the Activ8rlives portal, evidencing psychologically-based benefits to both participants and stakeholders.• Increased skills, knowledge and confidence of participants to better manage their own condition, measured through Patient Activation Measure (PAM).
NICE-approved rehabilitation classes are sometimes described as Level 3 or Phase 3, and typically follow a NICE-approved syllabus delivered over an 8-week period, usually with two classes each week. These are delivered by clinically-trained personnel in an acute treatment setting, with very close observation of the individuals during exercise. Once discharged from Level 3 rehabilitation, often there are no follow-up processes or rehabilitation classes other than outpatient appointments.
Active+ fills the gap between existing health and care services, with the intention of improving health outcomes and minimising expensive interventions resulting from deterioration. Evidence4 shows that people who are more activated are more likely to adopt positive behaviours and have clinical indicators within a normal range, resulting in 8% lower costs than those less activated in the fist year of support and 21% less in the second year.
- Rehabilitation programmes in a community-based setting, with education and support using self-monitoring technologies, delivered in partnerhip and through Leisure Centres