What is an Exercise Referral Scheme?

Exercise Referral Scheme

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is a government (Welsh) funded scheme which has been in place since 2007. Its aim is to standardise exercise referral opportunities across the local council and local health boards across Wales.

Targeting clients who have or are at risk of developing chronic disease. The scheme provides an opportunity for clients to access high quality supervised exercise programmes to help improve health and wellbeing.

Aimed at those over 17 years of age, who are not used to being regularly physically active and have a medical condition, the scheme provides opportunities to exercise which are fun, rewarding and functional, which means it can be incorporated into everyday life.

There are a variety of activities both gym based and class-based to chose from. It’s because of the gym sessions that Nexus Training have been involved for the last 2 years with the training and development of Anglesey and Gwynedd staff helping to ensure that the exercise referral scheme can continue to run with an abundance of Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructor trained staff.

While the scheme has been running reports have found that:

  • all participants had higher levels of physical activity,
  • positive effects on depression and anxiety,
  • economic saving on the cost of prescriptions compared to exercise referral.
  • Increase in community socialisation which is good for overall well-being.

We’re proud to be able to help with local authority schemes such as Mon Actif which help members of the public have access to exercise. With 28 staff members (over 2 years) trained across Plas Arthur, Holyhead, David Hughes and Bangor leisure centres, we have helped to ensure that because of demand and the success of the exercise referral scheme there will always be staff available to help with inductions for new members and developing adequate training programmes for clients.