REPs President John Greenway responds to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology

The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) today gave a cautious welcome to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology report on sport and exercise science and medicine.

In the report the committee recommends that the NHS and NICE reach agreement on the best structure to allow a greater uptake of exercise referrals by medical practitioners.

John Greenway, the President of the Register said: “We welcome the attention that the committee has given in the report to the existence of the Register and we want to be part of the forthcoming debate on how to create greater confidence amongst the medical profession. Our properly qualified personal trainers and fitness instructors have all met the industry’s agreed national occupational standards and can be relied upon to deliver professional and effective outcomes for patients.”

He continued: “Both the Health Minister Anne Milton and the Sports Minister Hugh Robertson gave evidence to the committee, and I will be seeking urgent meetings with both my former colleagues in the autumn. This will be to brief them on the huge progress that has already been made in professionalising the fitness industry as a contribution to the forthcoming debate.”

REPs President John Greenway

There exists a group called the Joint Consultative Forum (JCF) comprising representatives from the Royal Medical Colleges and from the health and fitness industry, of which the Register is one. This group’s first task was to create a set of ‘Operational Standards’ in order to standardise the operation of Exercise Referral Schemes and create minimum criteria for the successful delivery these, currently very disparate, schemes throughout the country. These standards state clearly that Exercise Professionals working in the fitness sector delivering exercise referral must be REPs ‘Registered’ Exercise Professionals.
John Greenway states: “The conclusions of the JCF should be the starting point for the further evaluation recommended by the Lord’s Committee. It is clear from the evidence that Ministers and officials within both the NHS and NICE are unaware of the protocols already agreed between the Royal Medical Colleges and the fitness industry to facilitate the increase in exercise referral which the Committee wants to see.”

Notes for editors;

John Greenway was shadow Minister for Sport from 2000-2003. He was Chair of REPs from 2002 to 2012 when he became the Register’s President.

One response to “REPs President John Greenway responds to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology

  1. Interesting comments on this. I’m astonished at how poor the fitness industry is at getting its points across to politicians, NHS etc. The fact that the hugely under-used exercise referral (to gyms) schemes, continue to make no inroads to the country’s health and fitness is hardly surprising.

    There needs to be a bit more creativity. The same old “go to a gym” solution to everything will NEVER work. Most people dislike gyms, the people that staff them, the music, the overly complicated machines etc.

    Hopefully the NHS and NICE can help the development of the so far rather inept offerings from the industry, and its obsession with image rather than health.

    Here’s hoping


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