Plotting a pathway for physical activity within routine cancer care in Barnsley 

Plotting a pathway for physical activity within routine cancer care in Barnsley 

Partnerships with brilliant local organisations like Barnsley FC play a huge role in supporting our aim to care in every sense for people living with cancer across the South Yorkshire, north Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire regions.  


That’s why, with our fourth annual Barnsley FC Weston Park Takeover Day taking place on Good Friday when the Reds take on Reading at Oakwell, we’re highlighting the impact which partnerships like this one can have on local people and communities.  


The £82,366 Piloting an integrated pathway for physical activity within routine cancer care in Barnsley project is due to be completed later this year, with researchers at Sheffield Hallam University aiming to formalise the role of physical activity in cancer care, train healthcare providers in physical activity advice and develop patient education on physical activity.  


The project aims to raise awareness among health care professionals in Barnsley of how to engage with their patients to encourage participation in physical activity in an effective way, and as a reminder of its importance.  


Ultimately, it aims to improve the information and support cancer patients are given about physical activity. 


To do this, the project is: 


  • Furthering our understanding about the role of physical activity in cancer care in Barnsley 
  • Identifying opportunities for actions by staff at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BHNFT) 
  • Providing training for healthcare professionals at BHNFT 
  • Evaluating the impact of changes to practice and physical activity promotion 


While the project’s completion and full evaluation has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, discussions and inquiries have resulted in the decision to focus primarily on walking as a promoted form of physical activity for a variety of reasons 


Walking is a form of exercise particularly accessible to a wide range of people and demographics during a time of uncertainty for other forms of physical activity which require access to leisure facilities 


Stakeholders are confident that a focus on walking will be a positive improvement to the project objectives, and we look forward to sharing full findings with you when the project is completed.