Physical activity referral scheme
Physical activity referral scheme
What the physical activity referral scheme is, how it can help you and how you can get referred.
This is an introduction to physical activity to
- improve your health and wellbeing
- help you achieve the Department of Health’s recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity a week
It’s a 12 week scheme where you visit a participating leisure centre or gym at least twice a week.
You’ll get a personalised exercise programme with a trained referral instructor, based around your health conditions and what you’d like to achieve, even if you haven’t exercised before.
Who the scheme is for
You can do the scheme if you
- are currently inactive
- are not a member of a leisure centre
- you have a low or medium risk health condition
- you are ready to start participating in physical activity
How it works
At your first session, you’ll meet your referral instructor at one of the venues listed below. They’ll do a health check with you where you can discuss any preferences or concerns you have or ask them any questions. The instructor will plan a personalised programme for you and give you an induction on how to use any gym equipment you’ll use for your plan.
Activities are mainly gym based exercise but may include other activities like swimming and light circuit training, depending on the leisure centre you go to.
You’ll meet your instructor during week 3, 6 and 12 of your programme. In week 3, you’ll have an informal chat about how your programme is going. At weeks 6 and 12, you’ll also have a health check to track your progress.
When you’ve completed the scheme, make an appointment with your doctor, nurse or health care practitioner to discuss:
- your results
- your health condition
- how to continue exercising and stay active after you finish the scheme
How to get a referral
Ask your doctor, practice nurse, physiotherapist or hospital consultant if you’re suitable to do the scheme.
If you are, your doctor or practice nurse needs to send a referral form (pdf, 203KB) (opens new window) to the instructor at your chosen leisure centre or gym. The instructor will contact you within two weeks to arrange your first appointment.
How much it costs
The cost will depend on which centre you go to, but it is less than the standard membership or entry fee to the venues. Contact the venues listed below to find out the cost and times before you ask for a referral. Some venues offer discounted memberships for people who’ve completed the 12 week scheme.
You can bring someone with you, such as a friend or family member. They pay the same reduced entry fee as you for the sessions.
Where you can do it
You can find out more about the classes and facilities at each centre and where your doctor or nurse sends your referral form to:
Exercise / GP Referral Scheme
Brunel Fitness Centre
Speedwell Rd, Speedwell, BS15 1NU
Contact Ellie Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bristol@almsport.co.uk or call 0117 377 0098
Or email Bristol@almsport.co.uk
Exercise Referral Scheme
Easton Leisure Centre
Thrissell St, Easton, BS5 0SW
Contact Alistair MacFarlane at email@example.com or call 07825 033 741 / 0117 903 8000
Or contact Dawn Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 9038600
Exercise on Referral
Doncaster Rd, Southmead, BS10 5PY
Contact Becky Chinnock at email@example.com or 0117 950 3335
Or contact Scott Appleby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 909 0027