Quality statements

Statement 1 Local authorities and healthcare commissioners have physical activity champions to oversee the development and implementation of local strategies, policies and plans.

Statement 2 Local authorities develop and maintain connected travel routes that prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and people who use public transport.

Statement 3 Local authorities involve community and voluntary groups in designing and managing public open spaces.

Statement 4 Workplaces have a physical activity programme to encourage employees to move more and be more physically active.

Statement 5 Schools and early years settings monitor and update travel plans annually to increase active travel.

This quality standard covers how local strategy, policy and planning and improvements to the physical environment such as public open spaces, workplaces and schools can encourage and support people of all ages to be more physically active. It does not specifically cover encouraging physical activity in patients and carers who are in contact with the NHS. This is addressed by NICE quality standard 84 Physical activity: for NHS staff, patients and carers.

It is for commissioners, service providers, health and public health practitioners and the public.

This is the draft quality standard for consultation (from 4 January to 1 February 2019). The final quality standard is expected to publish in June 2019. Other quality standards that should be considered when commissioning or providing physical activity within the general population include:

A full list of NICE quality standards is available from the quality standards topic library.