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Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a quality standard on how best to encourage people in contact with the NHS – whether they are staff, patients, carers or contractors – to be more physically active.

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published a quality standard on how best to encourage people in contact with the NHS – whether they are staff, patients, carers or contractors – to be more physically active.

While its quality standards are not mandatory, NICE expects them to be used by commissioners, staff, local authorities and others to improve care.

Physical inactivity is the fourth largest risk factor for global mortality, and inactivity alone is estimated to cost the NHS £1.06 billion per year, according to NICE.

NICE states that increasing physical activity has the potential to improve physical and mental health, reduce all-cause mortality, improve life expectancy and significantly ease the prevalence of chronic disease.

The quality standard – Physical activity: encouraging activity in all people in contact with the NHS (QS84) – sets out seven statements (see box ). These

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