The Course

Course Duration: 4 days
Entry Requirements:

CU Fitter will consider applicants with a Level 3 Personal Training qualification plus GP referral We will also consider applicants with a relevant Bachelor’s Honours degree (UK equivalent) class 2:2 or above in a sports science, sports coaching, exercise, physiotherapy or related discipline. The course is conducted in English. If the applicant’s first language is not English, a language proficiency test will need to be taken and passed in advance of acceptance onto the programme.

Award and Accreditation:

Following successful completion of the programme and examination each candidate will achieve the CU Fitter Award in applied delivery of cancer exercise.

The programme has been submitted for accreditation by a professional body dedicated to the promotion of competence in the area of cancer survivorship, the Register of Cancer Survivorship Professionals .

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Next Course(s):

25-28 Sept, 2018 Angmering

Course Content


Day One

Delegates learn about cancer in general, its symptoms and causes, as well as treatment options and side effects. The Day 1 content is delivered by our clinical partners – Oncologists and Chemo nurses. Delegates also learn about the emerging evidence-base, linking cancer prevention and survival, to exercise.

Day Two

Delegates learn all about the importance of effective communication when supporting and motivating cancer patients through their treatment, and during the delivery of cancer exercise.



Day three

Delegates learn how to undertake an initial assessment of a cancer patient. This will include limited background detail as to why we assess what we assess, the value of assessment for programme evaluation purposes, and also to ensure the safety of patients in their care.

Day Four

Delegates will learn how to deliver a programme of cancer exercise by watching and participating in classes within the CU Fitter suite. Delegates, again working directly with cancer patients, are observed creating their own class content. The course assessment requirements are also discussed on Day 4.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the causes of cancer(s) and the integrated strategies for prevention, recovery and survival
  • Understand and critically evaluate the scientific research that underpins the benefits of exercise and physical activity in cancer recovery and survivorship
  • Understand the importance of motivation to achieving successful patient outcomes
  • Assess an individual’s physical and psychological needs and prescribe a suitable and safe course of exercise specific to their cancer type
  • Design and deliver a suitable and safe programme of exercise for cancer patients both in group exercise and personal training settings
  • Use assessment tools to benchmark an individuals’ current physical and psychological health
  • Search for, analyse and re-posit scientific and clinical research relating to the benefits of exercise to cancer recovery and survivorship


Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be licensed to deliver CU Fitter™ programmes and classes. The initial 12-month licence fee is included in the programme fees, but is not refundable if candidates are unsuccessful in passing all assessments.

Licences must be renewed annually and renewals are subject to demonstrating on-going CPD via the RoCSP . All CU Fitter™ licensed trainers will be qualified to join the Register of Cancer Survivorship Professionals as members at a discounted rate of £50 per year.

Setting up a CU Fitter Initiative

As part of the license fee we will provide you with:

  • Use of branding and logos
  • Assessment templates
  • Marketing and promotional material templates
  • Advice and guidance about obtaining referrals
  • Advice and guidance on finding appropriate locations and facilities to deliver your CU Fitter™ initiative
  • A central enquiries hub

Course Lecturers and Instructors

Prof. Sankha Mitra

MS,DNB,FRCR, FRCS,CCST, UK, MA, Medical Education, FRACP
Course Lecturer

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Adjunct Professor
Institute of Immunology and Infectious Diseases.

Dr Louisa Beale

Course Lecturer

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science
University of Brighton

Dr Jan Russel-Dexter

Course Lecturer

AC, ILM, Practitioner, Master Practitioner and qualified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming

Dwayne Clevett

Course Lead Instructor

Lindsey Jones

Course Lecturer
Course Lecturer

Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, Occupational Psychologist

Erica Sheward

Course Lecturer

Trustee, Cancer United

Guest Speakers

Anne Hudson

Guest Speaker

Senior Chemo Nurse

Dr John Laurie

Guest Speaker

Consultant Haematologist

WSHT Haematology, Worthing

Dr Nick Lavies

Guest Speaker

Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical lead for Pre-assessment

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust, at Goring Hall

Dr Adrian Moss

MBChB, MRCP, PgCert MS (Oncology), MD
Guest Speaker

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Medical oncologist at the Sussex Cancer Centre

Dr Philip Savage

Guest Speaker

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Nuffield Health, Brighton

Next Course(s):

25-28 Sept, 2018 Angmering