Introduction: scope and purpose of this guidance

Introduction: scope and purpose of this guidance

What is this guidance about?

This guidance is a partial update of Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity, NICE public health guidance 2 (2006). The recommendations supersede recommendations 1–4 in NICE public health guidance 2. The recommendation from NICE public health guidance 2 relating to pedometers and walking and cycling schemes (recommendation 6) has been superseded by NICE guidance on walking and cycling. The recommendation on exercise referral schemes (recommendation 5) is being updated separately.

See About this guidance for details of how the guidance was developed.

This guidance aims to support routine provision of brief advice on physical activity in primary care practice.

The recommendations cover:

  • identifying adults who are inactive

  • delivering brief advice

  • following up brief advice

  • incorporating brief advice in commissioning

  • systems to support brief advice

  • information and training to support brief advice.

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is for commissioners of health services and anyone working in primary care whose remit includes offering lifestyle advice. Examples include: exercise professionals, GPs, health trainers, health visitors, mental health professionals, midwives, pharmacists, practice nurses and physiotherapists. It may also be of interest to others with a role in encouraging physical activity and members of the public.

All healthcare professionals should ensure people have a high quality experience of the NHS by following NICE's recommendations in Patient experience in adult NHS services.

  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)