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8th January 2018

A project launched in Milton Keynes to help patients with lung conditions to manage their condition and live healthier, happier lives is celebrating after a recent award win.

Keep Active Keep Well was awarded Project of the Year at the twelfth annual Bucks & MK Sport Awards last month.  The awards have been organised to pay tribute to the people and organisations that make grass-roots sport happen in the area.

The project was set up to help patients with breathlessness to learn about their condition and how they can have an active life through a behaviour change exercise programme.  The award recognises the improvements that have been made to the lives of those that have participated.

The collaborative pilot project has been a great example of successful partnership working across the health and social care system. It’s been a collaboration involving Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, Milton Keynes Council, Hertsmere Leisure, Local GPs and Milton Keynes College Leadership Academy. 60 participants completed the pilot programme and a further 150 will take part in subsequent phases.

The award comes on the back of the recent visit by Tracy Crouch, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Sport and Civil Society).  The minister took time out of a busy schedule to meet those responsible for the programme and speak with participants in October.

Sandra Vanreyk, commissioning lead for long term conditions at Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, stressed the importance of helping people with breathlessness get into exercise programmes and supporting them from social isolation. She said: “This award is about the success of collaborative partnerships in Milton Keynes which puts us on the road map nationally.” 

Dr Nicola Smith, Chair of Milton Keynes Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “I am delighted at the recognition that this award to those that have developed this programme and all those that have seen a positive outcome from their participation.

“Working with the British Lung Foundation and focussing on the benefits of exercise and education, we are helping patients to live a healthy life and self-manage their condition. This award affirms that empowering people with breathing problems to take control of their condition does improve their quality of life.”