MOVE offers a free 8-week online building foundations programme for 13-30 year olds living with and beyond cancer. Our online programmes are led and designed by MOVE Level 4 Cancer Rehab Specialists. This programme is available to all, regardless of whether they have been active or inactive before they were diagnosed with cancer.
The aim is to:
• Reduce short-term and long-term effects of treatment.
• Self-manage and reduce cancer related fatigue
• Improve function and overall quality of life
• Improve fitness
• Improve muscle strength and conditioning
• Improve mental wellbeing
• Help young people to live a happier and healthier life.
• Keep exercise and activities fun and interactive
Step 1: Get in Touch.
This can be done via the Self-Referral form if the young person has finished treatment, or if they are still having treatment, there is a referral form that their healthcare professional can fill out.
Step 2: Phone consultation is arranged.
One of our Cancer Rehab Specialists will give the young person a call to complete a baseline health assessment, quality of life measures, and physical and functional movement screening tests. (for under 18s a parent or guardian must be present). They will also be directed to our MOVE as ONE Facebook Group for extra peer support.
Step 3: Good to go!
Once the young person is happy and all questions have been answered, their Cancer Rehab Specialist will devise an 8-week functional exercise/activity programme designed specifically to the young person's diagnosis, health status, goals and needs.
They will have weekly phone calls with their Cancer Rehab Specialist who can provide support and weekly programme adjustments as well as the opportunity to do a live Zoom workout.
Step 4: Reflection.
At the end of the 8 weeks we carry out a final consultation, a further 4-week plan if required and provide the young person with an exit pack which contains all of the information needed to continue to keep moving. If requested, referrers (healthcare professionals) will be provided with a feedback summary for the patient.
Heather completed the MOVE Programme in 2021 and gives a great insight of what to expect on the programme and how much it's helped with her recovery from spinal cancer.