SafeFit is a free remote service for anyone in the UK with suspicion of or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. We put you in contact with a cancer exercise specialist who will help you during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
SafeFit is a free remote service for anyone in the UK with suspicion of or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Our cancer exercise specialists offer you advice, support and resources to maintain and improve physical and mental well-being.
This includes information about preparing for and going through cancer treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
SafeFit has been developed in partnership with:
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
- CanRehab Trust
- Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC)
- National Institute for Health Research Cancer and Nutrition Collaboration
- Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Wessex Cancer Alliance
This service is being delivered in collaboration with CanRehab Trust, a third party provider who will deliver the service using their cancer exercise specialists. The service will be evaluated by a research trial being led by the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust ‘Wesfit’/Critical care research team.
SafeFit is designed to:
- provide you with exercise advice based on your needs that you can do safely at home
- help you find different and new ways to keep active and eat healthily
- improve your overall well-being.
You can use this service if:
- you are aged over 18 years old
- you would like some help and support changing some aspects of your lifestyle
- you want to work towards changing your physical activity and diet
- you want to work towards improving your overall well-being
- you are willing to commit some of your time to work with a cancer exercise specialist
- you are willing to commit to a number of sessions as agreed between you and your cancer exercise specialist.
If you have any questions regarding SafeFit then please contact SafeFitTrial@uhs.nhs.uk.
- Complete an online form to refer yourself to SafeFit.
- Once we receive your completed self-referral form, you will receive a call-back to discuss your needs. You should expect a call-back within 1 week.
- You will then be allocated a cancer exercise specialist to you as soon as possible.
What happens after you refer yourself?
CanRehab will be in touch with you to have a conversation about what your needs are. You will then be allocated a cancer exercise specialist. They are trained in supporting people with cancer through exercise, emotional support and healthy eating. One of the CanRehab team will discuss and identify your needs with you.
Your cancer exercise specialist will deliver you remote sessions in one or more of the following ways:
- individual telephone consultations
- one to one and group video exercise sessions
- group sessions.
Sessions will usually be 30 minutes long. You and your instructor will agree on the number of sessions you will receive over an agreed period of time.
Participants with a confirmed diagnosis, or suspicion of, COVID-19 will have their exercise intervention paused for 14 days but will still be able to receive the other interventions.
Taking part in a research trial
During the call to discuss your needs you will be asked to take part in a research trial of the SafeFit service led by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. If you do not want to take part in this research trial you will still be allowed to take part in the SafeFit service.
The information from the trial will provide valuable information about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on your health and well-being to various stakeholders including the National Health Service, the Department of Health and Public Health in the United Kingdom.
Due to overwhelming demand SafeFit is currently at capacity, and we are unfortunately not able to take any more referrals at this time. We will re-open referrals as soon as we are able, so do please check back on this page again.
If you would like to seek support elsewhere then we do have several other services that you might be interested in:
- Our Macmillan Support Line is open 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week, and can provide help with clinical, practical and financial information. Please call us on 0808 808 00 00, or use the webchat function.
- Our coronavirus information gives all latest guidance on coronavirus and cancer.
- If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland you can access your local Macmillan Move More service. Details of these services can be found using the ‘In your area’ search.
- The ‘In your area’ section can also help you find many other services local to you.
- If you need someone to talk to, you can sign up for our new Telephone Buddies service – a free service that matches you with someone who understands what you're going through, who will give you a weekly call to be a listening ear.
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As well as your physical health, it’s important to take care of your emotional and mental well-being. We have advice to help you cope with self-isolating.
We know this is a difficult and uncertain time, so please ask for support if you need it. Speak to your friends and family over the phone or on social media. You can also talk to us:
We also have information on Macmillan well-being coaching.
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