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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Health Instructor

What is exercise therapy and what can we offer you?

The Health Instructor service is currently available to inpatients and outpatients Trust wide. 

The aim of our service is to provide a structured exercise programme that is discussed with you and tailored to your goals, likes/dislikes and physical health needs, which will help improve both your physical and mental health.

We have a variety of groups on our weekly programme, which include:

  • Gym sessions 
  • Walking groups
  • Healthy lifestyle advice sessions
  • Tai Chi and more!
Speak to a member of the Health Instructor team, nursing staff  or any Trust staff member, and we will arrange an appointment. During this we will discuss your goals, likes/dislikes, physical health needs, take some baseline measurements and devise your structured exercise programme.

This is an opportunity to re-visit your physical health measures so that you see your improvements and discuss whether you are achieving your goals. We will also discuss new goals/targets and make the required progressions to your exercise programme to support you to achieve your future exercise goals.

Our ultimate goal is for exercise to become part of your daily/weekly routine and for you to continue to exercise independently in your local community after discharge.

The Health Instructor team can signpost and support you to local exercise opportunities following discharge from hospital. 

“Exercise has really helped my physical and mental health, by improving my confidence and self esteem”

Christine—Community based exercise group.


“Walking groups help me, by giving me social inclusion, and allowing me to open up to friends and loved ones”

Howard—Inpatient 1:1 and walking groups.


“The relaxation, and sense of stretching from taking part in Tai Chi has really helped me manage my stress and frustration build up”

Ellie—Inpatient Tai Chi group.


“Having the support and guidance between exercising whilst an inpatient, and now as an outpatient, really helped me grow my confidence and knowledge around physical activity and health”

Mohammed—Inpatient to community integration and signposting to external services with support.