Later Life Training was set up in 2003 by 3 people passionate about research, and translating research into practice in order to improve the lives of older people. The company was originally set up to allow the continuation of the delivery of the continuum of training that three of them had developed alongside an advisory group, with funding from the Department of Health. You can download the original Programme for the Briefing Events launched in 1999 – Continuum Flyer.
The continuum of training was developed to increase the accessibility, consistency, safety, and effectiveness of physical activity and exercise programmes for frailer, older people. The original continuum comprised the PSI, CBE and SLM courses and was first piloted in Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority and then run by East Midlands and Pennine Training through Leicester College. After 4 years, it became clear that in order to run these courses around the country and meet the need of PCTs and local health authorities, the training could not be delivered by a College, hence the set up of LLT.
We are a non-profit making organisation and all our profit is reinvested back into updating and developing the courses and continuing professional development. Over the years LLT have developed more training courses (MMe, OEP, EfS, SLMe, CTM) and continue to form strong working relationships with Universities, PD:Approval (now managing the endorsement of Skills Active), the Register of Exercise Professionals, AGILE, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and more recently Skills for Care. All this in order to ensure standards are kept high and there is a range of continuing professional development to support the continuum. We continue to strive towards courses that equip health, social care and exercise professionals to work towards national targets as well as contributing to promoting independence and quality of life.
Building a strong network of specialist exercise provision
The PSI, CBE and SLM courses were first piloted and run in 1999, LLT ran them from Feb 2003 to date. The OEP Course was piloted and first run in 2006. MMe was first piloted and run in 2008. LLT started running the EfS courses in 2011. We have recently developed specialist training for those working with people living with dementia.
As of October 2016, LLT have qualified:
- 2225 Postural Stability Instructors (+158 qualified prior to 2003)
- 314 Exercise after Stroke Instructors (started Sept 2010 + 33 qualified with QMU)
- 2491 Otago Exercise Programme Leaders (started 2006, plus 636 in Europe since 2014)
- 954 Chair Based Exercise Leaders (plus more with LEC, NFE and PFE)
- Motivate Me training to 781 professionals including AGILE
- Someone Like Me training to 292 professionals including local and national schemes
- Functional Fitness MOT to 660 professionals
- Falls prevention awareness training to over 2500 professionals
- 1st Steps in Dementia training to 221 professionals
and given over 200 talks to older people covering topics such as active ageing, falls prevention and osteoporosis.