In 2001, I completed the British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV Instructor course, little realising where this would take me. As an advanced Fitness Instructor with over fifteen years experience, this course gave me the knowledge and skills to work with cardiac patients who were referred from a hospital or GP setting into a community programme.
In 2001 I started the very first gym based cardiac rehab programme in my area, the programme is still running today.
In October 2007 I was offered a contract working for my local Primary Care Trust as both their Phase IV Network Facilitator, which means I look after and set up new community programmes which offers long term support to those who have had a cardiac event , and the PCT’s Home Based Coordinator. This involves running the British Heart Foundations Road to Recovery Programme. This service allows patients to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation exercise programme in the comfort of their own home.
For three years I also worked with my local Stop Smoking Service, delivering a drop in clinic and groups for those who wanted to give up smoking.
2007 also saw me receiving the Register of Exercise Professionals, Exceptional Achievement Award, at Excel in London.
Today I still run the home based service and look after the Community Network. I also run Phase IV community cardiac rehab programme at Horizones Health & Fitness Club in Wilmington Kent which has over a 120 members. As well as running two cardiac rehab classes, known as Phase IV at New Community Church in Sidcup Kent which has 50 members, I continue to teach other fitness classes such as Body Pump, exercise in retirement, aerobics, body conditioning classes and step.