School of Health & Wellbeing
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I've been working as a full-time lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University since 2009 and prior to this I was employed by Plymouth YMCA as a tutor with responsibility for overseeing Fitness Industry Qualifications.
I have been a qualified, practising fitness instructor since 1992 and since then have spent time involved in gym management, occupational health, GP referral schemes, elite youth sports conditioning, teaching exercise to music, personal training, indoor cycling, circuits and the teaching and assessment of industry qualifications. To see more of my work including a number of teaching resources visit www.benjanefitness.com.
My research interests are in the use of physical activity in the treatment and secondary management of health conditions. More specifically, my work focusses on methods of behaviour change, the design and evaluation of interventions and the skills and techniques needed by practitioners to support positive behaviour change.
To support this research I've completed courses in Pragmatic Evaluation and Intervention Mapping and have been involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of local and regional schemes delivered in partnership with local charities, the NHS and Macmillan Cancer Care.
I'm a co-applicant on the e-coachER project, a multi-centred RCT of an augmented exercise referral scheme that uses web-based behavioural support in individuals with metabolic, musculo-skeletal and mental health conditions. Project Ref: NIHR HTA ref: 13/25/20 Follow this link for more on e-coachER.