PREPWELL - Community Prehabilitation & Wellbeing

Preparing for treatments and surgery with The PREPWELL programme

Some treatments and major operations put your body under stress, this can affect how well you recover. It can also lengthen your stay in hospital.


The aim of the PREPWELL programme is to identify ways that we can help you prepare for treatments and surgery to help you make a better recovery.

This programme, funded by Sport England as part of the you’ve got this programme. This is a one-stop preoperative health and well being programme for patients undergoing major surgery and or other hospital treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Risk factors

There are a number of factors that can have a negative effect on the way your body will cope with the stress of your treatment or operation including:

  • Physical inactivityPREPWELL gym
  • Frailty
  • Malnourishment
  • Smoking
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Anaemia

Our programme is designed to help you to identify your individual risks and to support you to make lifestyle changes. If we can reduce these risks you may make a better and faster recovery from your treatment or operation.

Referral to the programme

If your surgeon, anesthetist or GP feels that there are things that can be done to improve how well you can recover from your operation they can refer you to the PREPWELL programme.

If the programme is suitable for you, you will be invited to attend an initial assessment. This will either take place face to face or over the telephone. During this appointment we will discuss and look at each of the risk factors. We will try and identify what changes you can make to improve your recovery from your treatment or surgery. Many of these will also have long-term benefits on your health.

We will then work together to develop your plan. This will usually comprise an individual exercise programme alongside other interventions to support any lifestyle changes that you wish to make, such as stopping smoking.

Where will these appointments take place?

Currently these appointments are taking place over the telephone and we are currently supporting people remotely in their own home.

Will participating in the programme delay my surgery?

No. There is normally a ‘waiting time’ between the surgeon making the decision that you need to have an operation and actual date that your operation takes place. We aim to get you onto the programme as soon as we can to make the most of this time and get you as fit for treatment or surgery as possible.

This programme will not replace any treatments or interventions that you would normally have received; instead it will complement this.

Posters and leaflets

PREPWELL poster (363kb)
In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader

PREPWELL leaflet (1mb)
In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader


On successful completion, the PREPWELL pilot was evaluated, the main findings and future plans can be found in the report below:

PREPWELL final report (2mb)
In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader