Our theme for LLT’s 2022 Long Weekend of Learning;

“Is ‘upstream’ the missing link? Falls, frailty and how to best support older people living with long-term conditions”

This year our annual conference is once again replaced with a long weekend of learning with one fundamental aim: to support or equip exercise and physical activity teams and individuals working

  1. ‘upstream’ (i.e healthy ageing – before decline) to support older people stay as well, active and independent as possible.
  2. ‘downstream’ (where health and/or function has declined sufficiently to need medical/therapy intervention).

Watch this short YouTube video to introduce our ‘upstream-downstream’ theme.

Our virtual #LLTLWL22 long weekend of learning will take place on the 25th 26th and 27th March with options for you to attend 1, 2 or all 3 days of learning to inspire and support your professional achievement of even better outcomes for the older people you work with.

The LLT team will be joined by guest speakers in presenting our long weekend of learning taking you on an ‘Upstream-Downstream Journey’ of conversations, presentations and practical sessions. Our virtual conference aims to support exercise and physical activity teams and individuals who are working; ‘upstream’ (healthy ageing – before decline) to support older people stay well, active and independent, and those working ‘downstream’ (where health or function has declined sufficiently to need medical/therapy intervention).

Not all older people are the same or at the same point in their physical activity journey. Therefore, individually tailored approaches in behaviour change, exercise prescription etc are needed, together with an understanding of the scope of practice and the significant differences between upstream versus downstream interventions. We hope to see you for either 1, 2 or all 3 days of learning to inspire and support achievement of even better outcomes for the older people you work with.

Session topics are designed for health and exercise professionals working with older people in the area of physical activity and exercise, i.e.;

  • Exercise Instructors and Exercise referral instructor’s working with older people
  • Physical Activity Coordinators
  • PSIs, OEP Leaders, Chair Based Exercise Leaders
  • Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists
  • Exercise Instructor’s also leading walking activities
  • Pilates and other exercise disciplines who have an interest in the ‘upstream’ theme

We encourage learning for all and these sessions may serve as an introduction for those thinking about undertaking endorsed training/qualifications to enable work with older population groups and those living with long term conditions. However, the implementation of learning should take into account professional scope of practice.

  • The sessions are designed as CPD for instructors and leaders already holding the required training/qualification to work with older people or/and living with long-term conditions.
  • This programme of learning has been submitted to CIMSPA for CPD points (number to be confirmed).
  • Active Learning Workouts: each day will start with an instructor led 30 minute workout for you to enjoy followed by a Q&A with the instructor
  • Hot topic conversations: 45 minute discussions on a hot topic inviting you to interact with the presenters
  • Research presentations: topics include important implementation research on falls, frailty and physical activity
  • Resources for you: 30 minute sessions on how to get the most out of some of the resources produced by LLT
  • Spotlight on Long-Term Conditions: Each session will focus on a specific medical condition, key exercise considerations and, of course, scope of practice
  • Spotlight on Practical Skills & Implementation: more ‘bite-sized’ learning to enhance your practice and ability to better support all people – the actives, those in transition (pre-frail) and the those living with frailty

We aim to record all sessions from the Long Weekend of Learning, to benefit anyone who missed out on any part of their day.

These recordings will be up for three months from the end of the Long Weekend of Learning.

Costs for our Long Weekend of Learning are as follows:

  • £30 (plus VAT) for each day, or
  • £75 (plus VAT) for all 3 days

LLT Education Connect Members can enjoy 20% off the total cost of their booking.

If you’re not already a member, contact the LLT office for membership eligibility.
On receipt of your booking, we will send you (an individual attending the long weekend of learning) an invoice for you to pay by BACS. After payment has been received you will receive a PAID RECEIPT, which you can then use to reclaim from your Employer.

CIMSPA 3 Point LogoOur Long Weekend of Learning has been endorsed with CIMSPA. Each day attended is worth 3 CIMSPA points, LLT will issue separate certificates for each day attended.

*Please note CIMSPA requires that candidates log each day separately when applying for points.

The live streaming sessions will be delivered via the Big Blue Button, accessible through our e-learning portal. For maximum compatibility we recommend using a personal laptop or desktop computer with the most up to date version of the Chrome or Firefox web browser installed. If neither are available to you, Microsoft Edge (version Blink 79 onwards) is also compatible. Please test your browser compatibility prior to booking, via the Big Blue Button test link.

We do not recommend using a work PC as there may be firewall restrictions that prevent you from connecting to the Big Blue Button. However, if this is necessary, please check with your IT department to ensure you can connect to our BigBlueButton server prior to commencement of the learning week.

A brief summary of the minimum requirements:

  • 2GB of memory and a 1Ghz processor
  • For a reliable internet connection, at least 1Mbits download and 0.5 Mbits upload speed
  • Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox (Microsoft Edge version version 79 onwards)


  • Headset for audio