Get Physical is a partnership launched in 2015 to improve health and wellbeing in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The initial focus was on encouraging the take-up of physical activity among NHS staff and patients. This has now been extended to the wider workforce with a number of key employers signing up. Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Oxfordshire Sports and Physical Activity started the initiative.
Other organisations and employers soon came on board including Get Berkshire Active, Leap (the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes activity partnership), Public Health England and NHS trusts in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Major regional employers have also signed up to Get Physical. They include Vodafone UK, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, BMW and Unipart.
A first Get Physical event in December 2015 brought together almost 150 health and sports professionals for an interactive workshop to explore how NHS staff and patients could incorporate daily exercise into their lives.
A series of workplace wellbeing roadshows in November 2016, each hosted by a major regional employer, saw around 200 delegates share practice on health and wellbeing in the workplace.