Title of study:   Understanding how leisure centre managers decide whether to deliver exercise programmes for people with chronic health conditions: esurveys 

Information for participants 

You are being invited to take part in this study exploring leisure centre managers’ and decision makers’ decisions on whether to deliver exercise programmes for people with chronic health conditions. Please take time to read the following information and discuss with others if you wish. Also please ask me any questions: contact details below. This study is being carried out as part of my work as a postdoctoral researcher in the joint faculty of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and is funded by South West London Academic Health and Social Care System, a network of commissioners and providers of health and social care services and universities. 

What is the purpose of the study? 

 I am doing this study to help health researchers understand better the decision making processes in local authorities’ exercise facility provision, including situations where this is outsourced. Researchers are developing and testing exercise schemes for a range of health conditions, but there is little focus on how these schemes can be delivered in a sustainable way in communities once they have been shown to be effective in research. Better understanding is needed of what leisure facility managers’ priorities and aims are so that schemes can be delivered in the community in a way that is attractive and beneficial to facility operators and managers. 

Aims and objectives / background 

This is the second stage of the study, and is using an esurvey to gather information from individuals in decision-making positions in local leisure facilities in the UK. The first stage of the study was interviews with a small number of leisure sector decision makers, and the third stage will be to carry out follow-up interviews to explore survey data. The information here and any consent you provide to take part as a result relates only to this second stage of the study. However, you will be able to indicate in the esurvey if you are willing to take part in a follow-up interview. This does not obligate you to do so. 

Why have I been invited? 

You have been invited to take part in this survey because you are a named contact at a leisure centre, or within a local authority or a head office of a leisure provider. 

Do I have to take part? 

It is entirely up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide not to take part this will not affect any relationship or arrangement you have with me, the universities I represent, South West London Academic Health and Social Care System, or with any other organisation that you might have heard about this study from. If you do take part you are free to withdraw at any time up to one month afterwards, without giving any reason and without any detriment to you. 

What will happen if I do take part? 

Taking part involves completing an esurvey. We anticipate this will take you around 10 minutes. The survey starts with some questions to gather your consent to take part before you access the main body of the survey. The survey asks about your role, your decision-making process and the criteria you apply when making decisions about activities to run at the facility. The survey includes space to use your own words if you feel it’s necessary to expand on your answers. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part

The study will help us develop researcher understanding of leisure facility operations, helping them to devise schemes which are sustainable and help leisure facilities deliver services meeting their remits. There is evidence for increased footfall in centres from such schemes. 

What are the risks of taking part? 

There are no anticipated risks in taking part. However some people may find answering questions upsetting or uncomfortable. You will be able to abandon the survey if you wish, or you may contact the researcher up to a month after completing the survey to request that your data is deleted. If you suffer high levels of distress as a consequence of participation, you should consult your GP as a first point of contact to access professional support services. 

Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential? 

 Yes. I will follow ethical and legal practice and all information will be handled in confidence. Only the researcher and her line manager will have access to the survey data. All the information gathered will be securely stored on a password protected computer and no names or contact details will be attached to the data files. 

What will happen to the results of the study? 

The results will be circulated firstly to our funders. Your anonymity will be preserved at all times and you will not be identifiable. I will write up our findings to submit to a suitable journal, and may also present them at conferences. I also plan to produce guidance aimed at researchers working in relevant fields which will be hosted online and may be presented in other formats. You will not be identified in any way in any material that is presented. If you are quoted, I will ensure that you are given a pseudonym and that there is no information in the quote from which you might be identified. 

Who has reviewed this study? 

The study has been looked at by an independent group of people called the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Research Ethics Committee to protect your safety, rights, and dignity. They have given a favourable opinion. 

What if I have a complaint? 

If you wish to complain about any aspect of the research, please raise this with the Researcher. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, please contact the Dean of the Faculty, using the details given below.

Contact Details of Dean: 

Professor Andy Kent, A.Kent@sgul.kingston.ac.uk 

Researcher’s Contact Details: 

Dr Rachel Hallett, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, 6th Floor, Hunter Wing, St. George’s Campus, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE. 

Email: r.hallett@sgul.kingston.ac.uk 

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