NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers encouraging physical activity in people of all ages who are in contact with the NHS, including staff, patients and carers. It does not cover encouraging physical activity for particular conditions; this is included in condition-specific quality standards where appropriate. For more information see the topic overview.

This quality standard was previously called physical activity: encouraging activity in all people in contact with the NHS.