Newham Community Prescription

150Club launch

The 150Club scheme is an initiative by NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Newham Council and the 150Club partnership - made up of the West Ham United Foundation working with the council’s leisure trust activeNewam and the Staywell Partnership.

It is an innovative 24 week programme offering local residents at risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease a wide range of tailored physical activities to help combat the diseases. It aims to empower local people and enable them to take greater control of their own health.

Taking its name from the recommended amount of 150 minutes of exercise people should take per week, the 150Club is part of a bid to tackle high rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Newham by helping people to stay healthier. The borough has the second highest predicted prevalence rate of Type 2 diabetes in England, with more than 24, 500 of residents currently diagnosed with diabetes.

This initiative, known as the Newham Community Prescription Scheme, was first piloted in a number of Newham GP practices in 2013. The lessons learned from this initiative have now been used to roll-out the Newham Community Prescription across the borough, helping reduce the risk of long-term health complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke or kidney disease.

GPs across the borough can now refer patients aged 18 and over who are at risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease to the 150Club. These patients will be supported by lifestyle advisers, who will provide them with individual support and guidance and signpost them to one of the three organisations across the borough delivering the fitness based support. Each person will receive one-to-one assessments and the advisers will track their progress to make sure the programme is as beneficial to them as possible.

Following the 24 week programme, patients will be signposted to a number of services across the borough to help them continue their healthier lifestyle ranging from walking football to tai chi classes, so that they can continue to sustain a healthy lifestyle for the long-term.