Everyone Active’s GP Exercise Referral scheme is the perfect way for people with long-term health conditions to move more to improve their health and wellbeing. We want everyone to be able to enjoy at least half an hour of physical activity, five times a week, and we’re here to help you.
Our Exercise GP Referral scheme aims to provide opportunities for people with underlying medical conditions, or those at risk of developing conditions to become more active in a safe and welcoming environment and raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity, helping to create long-term behaviour change.
Regular physical activity can help you manage your weight, have a positive effect on you mentally, improve your muscle and joint functions, and benefit your heart health too. Not only will it help you manage and control existing conditions, but it will help protect you from developing other health complications as well.
The 12 week programme will be designed to help individuals self-manage their condition more effectively and with more confidence.
Moving more will get you on the path to a happier, healthier you.
Who Can be referred onto the GP Exercise Referral Scheme?
Most people with long-term health conditions will be accepted onto the GP Exercise Referral Scheme. These include asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression, anxiety, osteoporosis and plenty of other conditions, including rehabilitation from Covid-19.
The programme has been designed to help individuals self-manage their condition more effectively and with more confidence.
To help you get the most out of being more active at home, Everyone Active has partnered with an app-based prescribed physical activity operator, EXi.
EXi uses your data, including your age, weight, gender and any medical conditions you may have to prescribe specific exercises for you to do each week to help you manage and improve your health and wellbeing.
EXi is NHS approved and developed by physiotherapists, with years of experience in getting people active, regardless of age, fitness level or health status. EXi prescribes exactly the right intervention to get the specific physiological and psychological response required to protect against and help manage chronic disease.
It’s reactive too. As your health and ability to exercise improves, the app will prescribe a slightly tougher workout. But don’t worry! You’ll never be prescribed anything you’re not capable of.
What do we do?
- Listen to the activities the participant would like to do
- Provide support, advice and encouragement from our fully qualified GP Exercise Referral Specialist
- Help improve people’s energy, concentration and sleep quality through moving more
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness through meeting new people
How can I join the scheme?
Most people with long-term health conditions can be referred onto the GP Exercise Referral Scheme. These include asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, as well as depression, anxiety, osteoporosis and plenty of other conditions.
- Simply speak to your GP, nurse, physio or other health care practitioner
- If you are eligible, you will be referred to us
The scheme is aimed at inactive adults, 16 years and over with a low or moderate risk long-term condition.
If patients have been regularly active for more than three months, two or more times a week, they will not be accepted onto the scheme. They may, however, be recommended alternative membership options.
What does the GP referral scheme involve?
At an initial appointment the GP Exercise Referral instructor will find out what is important to the individual and help them to find activities that they will enjoy! A 6 and 12 week review will enable the instructor to support the individual through their first 12 weeks to a healthier lifestyle.
Activities vary at each centre but may include:
- Walking Sports or groups
- Chair based exercise
- Group exercise classes
- Water based activities like Aqua Fit
- Gym-based exercise
How frequently should participants attend?
Participants will be encouraged to attend at least two physical activity sessions per week, and social sessions to meet people as well!
Health and Social Care Practitioners; Find out how to refer
If you are a health and social care practitioner and would like to find out more about the scheme and how you can refer your patients, please click on the link below and our Activity and Wellbeing Managers will contact you. Please note, the link below cannot be used to make referrals onto the GP Exercise Referral Scheme
The benefits of exercise on health are well documented, below are some of our member testimonials since the scheme started.
“The gym staff are very friendly and motivational and have helped me achieve my goals. I mix my gym workouts with group fitness classes and swimming and very much enjoy it. I am now depression free – I am a new man!”
“The scheme has improved my way of life. Most importantly as a diabetic my sugar level has reduced down to the required level of 4. As a result my diabetic Nurse advised that I no longer needed to stay on the Metformin”
“I didn’t want to do the exercise referral scheme but really it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I lost 3 & 1/2 stone”
“A recent patient with fibromyalgia told me she has had a better response to the exercise programme set up for her via Everyone Active than 16 different painkillers & antidepressants we have tried! I have positive feedback from every patient who attends the sessions & have seen really significant & long term improvements in patient health resulting from the lifestyle changes they have made”