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How do long-term conditions impact physical activity?

Use our long-term condition consultation results to shape your services

In 2019 Active Norfolk coordinated a Norfolk-wide long-term condition consultation to grow our understanding of current physical activity levels of those living with long-term conditions (LTCs) in Norfolk, which generated over 1,100 responses.

We wanted to gain insight into the potential barriers to being active, what people living with an LTC say would help them to be more active, and to better understand the conversations that people are having in relation to their condition to identify where there might be an opportunity to embed physical activity recommendations.

With the information obtained through the consultation, we can support our partners across the health and social care system to ensure the views and behaviours of people living with LTCs are considered and embedded at the point of commissioning decision-making and service design, so that we can better facilitate, recommend, and support people with LTC to be active.

Survey update following the pandemic

In July 2020 we re-surveyed respondents from the initial survey to improve our understanding of how COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed to manage the outbreak have impacted physical activity levels of those living with health concerns.

We've pulled together a summary document that combines national insight updates from Sport England along with our local survey results, which illustrates the impact of the pandemic on physical activity levels of those living with long-term health conditions.

Consultation results dashboard

We have created an interactive Power BI dashboard so that our partners can access and manipulate the survey data according to their areas of interest.

We recommend that you use Google Chrome to view the dashboard.

Next steps for the consultation

Despite achieving this number of responses, there are still gaps in the number of responses by long-term condition.

The consultation is still live and can be viewed here, so that we can continue to use it as a resource to build understanding of physical activity behaviours around specific conditions.

We encourage our partners to use the communications toolkit provided below to share the survey link out amongst their channels to further contribute to this research base.

Consultation communications toolkit