Brighton & Sussex Take Heart Group – Providing Cardiac Rehab Exercise in Sussex for 25 years!

Richard J Stantiford MSc., Dip H.ed, ACSM C-EP, BACPR cert

Richard is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with almost 30 years’ experience in the health & fitness industry. He spent the first 10 years of his career working as a Personal Trainer in London’s most exclusive health clubs including “Champneys” of Piccadilly and coached a diverse range of clients including many celebrities. Whilst living in London he also completed 4 years training at the British School of Osteopathy which is where he learned an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology which included human cadaver dissection at Guys Medical School.

Richard has recently been appointed Public Health Collaboration (PHC) Ambassador for Brighton and Hove. The PHC are a Charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthier decisions for better public health. His role is to represent the PHC at a local level to nurture a network of people to help inform and implement healthier decisions (especially dietary advice) for where they live.

During his career Richard’s passion for knowledge in the field of Exercise Medicine has resulted in the acquisition of various Academic and Vocational Qualifications which include:

  • A Master’s (MSc.) Degree in Exercise and Behavioural Medicine (with distinction) from the University of West London
  • National Diploma in Sport & Leisure Studies
  • Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathy)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (C-EP) with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM C-EP) (Cert No: 513782)
  • Accredited Phase IV Exercise Specialist with the British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)
  • Accredited Pulmonary Rehab and Exercise Referral Specialist with the Wright Foundation.
  • Accredited Rehab Trainer with Rehab Trainer (Australia)
  • Certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructor
  • Immediate Life Support (ILS) trained (Resuscitation Council UK)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • BACPR – Physical Activity and Exercise in Heart Failure: Assessment, Prescription, and Delivery (2009)
  • BACPR – Physical Activity and Exercise in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease Part II – Advanced Applications (2012)
  • ACSM – Physical Activity Programming for Clients with Obesity (Feb 2017)
  • ACSM – Polar Heart Rate Monitoring Assessment ( March 2017)
  • BACPR – Assessing Functional Capacity: How to Administer and interpret Submaximal Tests in Clinical Populations (June 2017)
  • Assessing Functional Capacity: How to administer and interpret Submaximal Tests in Clinical Populations (June 2017)
  • ELITE HRV – Foundations of (HRV) Heart Rate Variability Course (November 2017)
  • BACPR – Dietary Approach to Managing Cardiovascular Disease and Weight (November 2017)
  • SCOPE – Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (Core Learning Pathway) Part 1 of Full Accreditation (November 2017)
  • Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium WEMS / BASEM (Jan 2018)
  • Public Health Collaboration (PHC) Ambassador for Brighton and Hove (February 2018)

Upon completion of his masters – Richard became an honoury lecturer at the University of West London teaching both undergraduate and graduate students Sport and Exercise Science. For the last 15 years Richard has primarily focused on working with clients / patients who have underlying health problems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Register of Exercise Professionals REPS, fully insured and holds Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor Status (Membership No: R0014279).

Specializing in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Richard manages a growing community-based Phase IV Cardiac Exercise Programme for Brighton and Sussex Take Heart Group (BSTHG) receiving referrals from the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he has earned an excellent reputation with the Cardiac Rehab Team and Cardiology Department. More recently he was appointed the Exercise Specialist for Sussex Medical Chambers working alongside GP’s, Dieticians and Clinical Psychologists providing a Tier 3 weight management service for obese patients with co-morbidities.



Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium

Committee Members meet Dr Aseem Malhotra (cardiologist) and Professor Peter Brukner (sports medicine specialist) at the Wales Exercise Medicine Symposium


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Exercise is Medicine

" A large number of peer reviewed papers report global improvements in health across a range of at least 20 chronic conditions with regular physical activity. "

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