In 2016, the Care Inspectorate was commissioned by the Scottish Government to lead the Care…about Physical Activity (CAPA) improvement programmeto build on the impact of the original CAPA Resource Pack.

This Website contains many of the resources and ideas that have been developed by the CAPA Team and others to support Older Adults experiencing care to be active.  Stories and Blogs show the impact on day to day life of increased movement, community connections, staff confidence and shared learning can have on quality of life. 

The CAPA Programme engaged with 430 care services, over 2,500 care professionals and worked closely with services across 18 local authority partnership areas to help care providers build more physical activity and movement into the daily lives of those they support.  Independent Evaluation showed that this has improved quality of life and increased independence for many older people in Scotland. 

The CAPA Improvement Programme ran from 2017 to 2020, with a staff team recruited from across Health, Social Care, Physical Activity and Community Development, who each brought their skills and experience to the development of resources, workshops, partnerships and evaluation. 

Using the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Model for Improvement, the CAPA Programme supported Social Care and Healthcare Staff to identify areas for improvement and develop a project plan to deliver the improvements. Various modes of support were available including Learning Events, CAPA Clinics, workplace visits, Coaching and an Online Module developed by Glasgow Caledonian University, which aimed to build on existing skills and knowledge whilst building confidence to support older people to start to move more often and to keep moving. 

“I feel I have increased knowledge through working with the residents and being part of the CAPA programme. Everything is possible – don’t feel that you don’t have the power to change lives”.

Care Assistant, CAPA Partner Care Home, Aberdeenshire