The Care Inspectorate has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to lead the ‘Care…about physical activity (CAPA) improvement programme’. Working with eight partnerships across Scotland, the programme will run until October 2018 and the CAPA team will build on the skills, knowledge and confidence of social care staff to enable those they care for to increase their levels of physical activity and move more often. Social care staff will also discover ways to be more active themselves.

Developing and spreading work to improve physical activity participation in these care services through the CAPA improvement programme supports the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of maintaining people in their own home or in a homely environment, prevention of ill health and admission to hospital and supporting self management.

The programme includes:

  • Working with care homes for older people to embed the use of CAPACAPA Chair exercise
  • Working with care at home, housing support and other support services for older people to equip staff to promote physical activity and scope out what specific resources they may require to be developed
  • Care Inspectorate staff development
  • Developing and testing a module on physical activity to embed into health and social care curriculum
  • A national event in September 2018 to share good practice widely and to celebrate success.

Partnership areas:

  • Perth and Kinross
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Inverclyde
  • Stirling and Clackmannanshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • North Lanarkshire
  • East Ayrshire


CAPA Ball exercise

As part of the programme several local learning events will take place bringing people together to learn and share. Improvement teams from participating care services will be asked to attend these events. Care staff and local partners will learn together about quality improvement and how to use CAPA. Services will complete a self-improvement evaluation to see what’s working well and identify any improvements. Together, strategies for increasing levels of physical activity will be considered and services will be supported to adapt these for the needs of those they care for.

There will be a strong emphasis on sharing learning and good practice and the learning themes at the learning events will be tailored to local need. Some support will be given to services from the programme team and local lead to implement and embed the principles of CAPA, make improvements and carry out discrete pieces of work.