Who we are and what we do
Meet the RCGP Physical Activity Team.
The core team
Dr Zoe Williams
A founding member of the RCGP Physical Activity & Lifestyle team that developed and launched the Active Practice Charter in 2019 and built the suite of resources included in the PAL hub. I practice as a salaried NHS GP in London. My portfolio GP roles include This Morning’s resident GP, and I’m the National advisor to Public Health England Clinical Champion Programme for Physical Activity. I founded the charity Fit4life to support young people from underprivileged backgrounds and am a Director of The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr Andrew Boyd
A founding member of the RCGP Physical Activity & Lifestyle team that developed and launched the Active Practice Charter in 2019 and built the suite of resources included in the PAL hub. I am a GP partner in South London and the social prescribing lead for Lambeth. I am part of the team that leads the RCGP parkrun practice initiative. I chair the RCGP special interest group for physical activity. I’m a great believer in the physical and mental wellbeing that being active in the great outdoors brings, and when not at my (standing) desk, I am an avid cyclist, runner and ski tourer.
Dr Dane Vishnubala
A founding member of the RCGP Physical Activity & Lifestyle team that developed and launched the Active Practice Charter in 2019 and built the suite of resources included in the PAL hub. I am a dual trained GP and Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. I trained as an exercise professional and have been working with people with and without chronic conditions since 2002. Currently I am the lead doctor for PHE's Clinician Education Programme on physical activity, a consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine for the MOD and an academic Leading the MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University of Leeds and an undergraduate Senior Medical Tutor for Hull York Medical School. Outside of medicine, I current run a personal trainer academy called CORE Fitness Education.
Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi
A member of the RCGP Physical Activity & Lifestyle team since 2021, I joined the team to share my positive experiences of joining the Active Practice Charter and contributed to the development and launch of the new PAL hub. I am a GP partner in Leamington Spa and the social prescribing co-lead for the Leamington PCN. I head the UKs first primary care based fitness club, sit on the advisory board for SWIM England and am the West Midlands regional lead for the mental health charity RUN TALK RUN. I strongly believe that lifestyle can be a powerful tool in the fight against many conditions both physical and mental while being a great way to socialise and stay connected with your community. I am a keen triathlete and try to use my own personal journey of taking up physical activity from a previous sedentary lifestyle to promote its benefits.
The amazing and growing network of GPs and colleagues who are doing amazing things in your practices and communities to support your teams and patients moving!
Launched in 2017, our team who were all part of the first cohort of PHE’s Clinical Champions, have been flying the flag for the growing number of primary care clinicians who are passionate about the vital role physical activity and other positive lifestyle behaviours can have on physical and mental wellbeing. We firmly believe that GPs and their teams play a vital and unique role in getting the country moving, as trusted community leaders.
From the firmly held principle that ‘we can’t do everything, but we must do something’, our mission is to embed physical activity and lifestyle (PAL) in primary care, by focusing on:
- Patients - Supporting GPs to assist ALL of their patients to optimize their physical activity and lifestyle choices
- Active Practices - Inspiring GPs and practice staff to lead by example, transforming their surgeries into beacons of good practice
- Local community - Facilitating positive relationships between primary care and physical activity and lifestyle providers locally
Since forming, we have represented the RCGP nationally and internationally in the physical activity and health fields, forging relationships with major stakeholders, across professional bodies and in the wider physical activity sector.
We have spoken on national and local media platforms, featured on podcasts, provided insight for government and other national strategies, represented the College at conferences – both health and beyond – and organised our own bespoke regional conferences, with local RCGP faculties. We held a full day virtual conference on physical activity and health in the height of the Covid pandemic which was attended by over 800 delegates.
We have developed resources to support fellow GPs, notably working on the Moving Medicine resource, and Motivate2Move, as well as our bespoke toolkit which now forms part of the Physical Activity Hub. We work closely with the parkrun practice team at the College.
Get in touch with the team at ActivePractice@rcgp.org.uk if you have questions, suggestions or just want to say hi.