Physical health and wellbeing support

Keeping fit is not only important to your wellbeing but it also helps speed up your recovery after surgery.

Maintaining a healthy weight, getting active or quitting smoking can help your physical wellbeing.

If your condition starts to get a bit worse, please do let your GP or consultant know.

Check out the different services that you can use to manage your physical health below.

  • Be Well

    Be Well is a partnership is made up of different organisations that can even help you in different ways. It could be to get on top of work, housing, family and money worries, long term health conditions, stress, loneliness or if you’re feeling a bit low, or you’d like help with managing your weight.

    You can call them on 0161 470 7120 or just ask your GP to put you in touch.

    When you come to Be Well, one of their trained coaches will talk to you about the help you need and the goals you want to achieve. Then they will work with you to come up with a plan to get you to where you want to be.

    Visit the Be Well website to learn more.

  • Expert Patients Programme

    The Expert Patients Programme is a free NHS course for anyone who has or cares for someone with, a long-term health condition. The programme is run by trained tutors who have experience of self-managing a long-term condition.

    In the course you will learn to:

    • Manage physical and emotional difficulties
    • Develop a partnership with your healthcare professionals
    • Plan ahead with support from the team
    • Increase your motivation and feel more positive.

    It takes place over six weekly sessions which are once a week for 2.5 hours at local venues throughout Manchester.

    For information on course venues across Manchester or to find out more please contact the Expert Patients Programme Team on 0161 371 2105 or email

  • buzz Manchester Health and Wellbeing Service

    buzz is part of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH). It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities in Manchester, by helping individuals and families live fuller, healthier, happier and longer lives.

    If you have a long-term physical health condition then buzz’s Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) can help you increase your levels of activity in a safe and structured environment. The service provides health screening, advice and access to exercise, led by highly qualified exercise professionals.

    The PARS team have launched a Facebook page where you can find a wide range of exercise videos and tips so you can get moving at home. Click this link to go the page. These videos are also available on their YouTube channel here.

    Visit the buzz Manchester website to learn more about the service. Speak to your GP or your healthcare professional to get referred to the service. You can also keep track of the latest updates from buzz by following them on Twitter.

  • Greater Manchester Walking

    Greater Manchester Walking is a hub of information to help you walk, stroll, amble, mooch and connect. It is great if you are looking for a walking route to explore the local area or somewhere new. This website is also great resource if you wanted to help someone you know join a local walking group. For more information click here to visit their website.

  • MCRactive

    MCRactive is a not-for-profit organisation established and overseen by Manchester City Council. It is responsible for running the various world-class leisure and sports centre around Manchester.

    Use the Activity Finder function on their website to find individual or team activities.  Depending on your preference, they have lots of fun or serious options; you could even join a club or find social events. Go along on your own, with friends or family; become a volunteer or find a coach. There is something for everyone.

  • Better Health

    Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health has lots of free tools and support.

    Visit the website to see what small changes you can make to get healthier.

  • Eat Well

    We know that modern life can mean we are a lot busier, less active, and more reliant on convenience and fast food than we used to be. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health and can help you feel your best.

    Visit the NHS website to learn more about what makes a healthy diet.

    Visit the Change4Life website to learn how you can support your child eat healthier.

  • Quit Smoking

    If you’re going into hospital for an operation, it’s strongly advised that you stop smoking as soon as possible. Quitting smoking before an operation will reduce your chances of complications and speed up your recovery after surgery. It will also make your stay at hospital more comfortable as smoking is not permitted on hospital grounds.

    Try to quit smoking as soon as you can, as this will give your body as much time as possible to repair itself before surgery.

    With help, you’re much more likely to quit smoking than if you use willpower alone. Visit the Make Smoking History website to get free access to the latest quitting aids, one-to-one advice and support in your local area.

    You could also talk to a friendly stop smoking advisor over the phone. Call the Greater Manchester Stop Smoking Helpline free on 0300 123 1044 between 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, including bank holidays.

    You can also speak to your GP or local pharmacist for help to stop smoking.