Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust signs up to free online fitness sessions for staff
The Trust has signed up to #DoingOurBit – a free online fitness platform which includes over 40 unique workouts given to the NHS by leading personal trainers.
#DoingOurBit started as a passion project for a keyworker Julie Davis, who works as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the Clinical Research Network West Midlands. An amateur powerlifter currently training to be a personal trainer, Julie advocates exercise for physical and mental wellbeing. As the physical and emotional impact of treating Covid-19 patients took its toll on her 190-strong workforce, she set about sourcing some free workouts and relaxation sessions to help her colleagues cope.
The initiative caught the eye of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust which wanted to offer the workouts to its staff of nearly 10,000. Suddenly, Julie needed a bigger platform and professional support. She turned to training provider Study Active and its awarding organisation Active IQ – with whom she has done her own training – and they, in turn, introduced fibodo to host her ambitious idea.
#DoingOurBit invited personal trainers to ‘give back’ to the hard-working NHS workers. A launch group of 28 instructors pulled together over 40 workouts from relaxation and stretch sessions to low impact and body weight workouts right up to more energetic higher intensity routines.
All the workouts adhere to strict quality controls and every minute has been checked by external verifiers. The site and individual workouts are personalised to the NHS and the content is unique as each PT recorded their bespoke session for free, happy to ‘give back’ to the NHS that they value so highly.
“I was simply overwhelmed by the quick and positive reaction I had for my idea with everyone giving their time and expertise immediately and freely,” says Julie “The #DoingOurBit platform looks amazing and the choice of workouts is fantastic: I am so grateful to everyone involved who brought my vision to life.”
After a successful launch pilot in Wolverhampton, #DoingOurBit has now been offered to other NHS trusts and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust immediately signed up.
NHS staff can access #DoingOurBit by registering with their NHS email address at https://www.fit4thefight.org/nhs-members-area