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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 06 DEC – 12 DEC 2013 ISSUE 621 Daily news & jobs: Physical activity to be removed from NHS framework

The failure of GPs to prop- erly use the NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) – the government’s voluntary incentive scheme – will result in a dramatic slimming down of the service in 2014. Disappointingly, among the

incentives to be scrapped from QOF are the ones relating to assessing physical activity. The scrapping of physi-

cal activity assessments will come as a blow to the health and wellness sector, as inter- vention programmes linked to it have been proven to be highly successful. According to ukactive, if

Te slimming down of the

QOF is seen by some as a personal victory for Chaand Nagpaul, the new chair of the General Practitioners’ Committee (GPC). Nagpaul took up the GPC

post in August and in his first open letter to GPs called for the withdrawal of QOF targets that ‘do not benefit patients’. David Stalker, CEO of ukac-

ukactive says physical activity could be used to prevent more than 20 conditions and diseases

used effectively, physical activity could be used by the NHS to manage and prevent more than 20 conditions and diseases – such as coronary heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. It seems, however, that some GPs remain unconvinced and unaware of the benefits of

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physical activity. Some GPs have described the QOF in general as increasing “tick-box medi- cine” while adding to the bureaucratic burden on practices – and contributing to an “unman- ageable” rise in workload.

Premier League secures China deal

Te UK government has helped the English Premier League (EPL) secure an agreement with the Chinese Super League (CSL) to build up football at an elite, youth and community level in China. Te new partnership was signed tthis month

by culture secretary Maria Miller and former England and Chelsea footballer Graeme Le Saux. Te deal was announced as part of the UK gov- ernment’s trade mission to China, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, which took place at the beginning of December. Te deal will see EPL working with CSL and the

China Football Association on programmes and projects to promote and develop football in China.

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Te EPL has reached an agreement with the CSL CSL will also provide support and advice in

the promotion of the EPL and its clubs in China. According to EPL figures, the East Asian

market is currently worth around £200m a year to the league and to UK trade. Details:

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tive, responded to the news by calling for more education and training to be given to GPs and health professionals on the benefits of physical activity. He said: “Improving the training of primary care professionals on the specific

health benefits of physical activity, and making evidence based interventions available to health- care professionals, have to be the next steps to achieve a healthier and more active nation.” Details:

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