Nuffield Health has signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) to pilot an integrated care model for physical and emotional wellbeing in its fitness clubs.
The charity will work with the BPS to review existing evidence to develop a best practice model of care that can be delivered to customers in a non-clinical environment, including fitness clubs and workplace settings.
Following the pilot, the two organisations will conduct a full review of all the findings to make recommendations to the BPS’s Membership and Standards Board for further developments.
Sarb Bajwa, CEO at the BPS, said: ‘We are excited to be entering into this partnership with Nuffield Health. Through our combined expertise we hope to discover an effective model which will support the treatment of emotional wellbeing conditions in a non-clinical setting.’
Nuffield CEO Steve Gray said the partnership would deliver essential understanding into the role gyms can play in managing emotional wellbeing.
‘We are committed to delivering a connected healthcare service across our entire estate and this partnership will help us to not only improve our current offering but help us influence the industry in the approach to emotional wellbeing,’ he added.
Nuffield opened emotional wellbeing clinics in over half its fitness centres last year and aims to roll them out to all of its clubs by the end of 2020.