Exercise Referral Scheme

The Scheme aims to increase physical activity levels, improve physical and mental wellbeing and improve the management of medical conditions.

Adults and older adults are advised to aim towards being active for 150 minutes a week, however living with a medical condition can often make this harder. The Exercise Referral scheme supports individuals to slowly build up their movement, have better management of their condition and encourages simple healthier lifestyle choices.

Our Make your Move flyers below provides practical steps and ideas to support you to move more.

Who can be referred?

Exercise Referral is suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over who are currently inactive and living with a health condition who would like support in becoming more physically active.

How can I be referred?

If you feel that you would benefit from the scheme, speak to your GP/Practice Nurse/Health professional about being referred. Your GP or practice nurse will complete a referral form which will be sent to your local coordinator who will get in touch with you.

What activities can I do?

There are a wide range of activities both gym and class based, as well as aquatic, walking, running, and cycling opportunities to choose from. All the activities you take part in will be tailored to your needs and goals.

Are there more targeted referral programmes i can join?

The Exercise Referral programme is a 12 week intervention for inactive adults with stable chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Arthritis or Obesity. More targeted physical activity referral programmes are available throughout Leicestershire for people with more complex needs. These include:

Cardio-pulmonary Rehab Phase 4 Programme

A 16 week intervention for adults recovering from an acute cardiac/ pulmonary event or surgery, or living with a moderate-severe cardiac/ pulmonary condition.

Steady Steps Programme

A 24 week intervention aimed at developing strength, fitness, balance, coordination and skills that will reduce the risk and impact of falls in older adults. More information can be found at Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport - Steady Steps (lrsport.org)

Cancer Prehab Programme

A 6 week intervention aimed at developing strength, fitness and resilience to improve the outcome of upcoming cancer treatment.

Back Pain Programme

A 10 week intervention involving elements of relaxation, stretching, fitness and strength exercises to manage the impact of low back pain.

Please note that not all interventions are available in all areas. More details can be found below. A referral does not guarantee a space on any programme, the decision will be made between the coordinator and patient as to whether they are suitable.

Please also note many programmes may not be offering face to face delivery due to COVID 19 tier restrictions. Many areas are offering alternative support via telephone or other virtual communication tools such as Zoom. Please contact your local coordinator for more information.


Local Scheme Co-ordinators

Blaby

Blaby

Hannah Powell

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab, Steady Steps

Telephone
0116 272 7523
Website
http://www.blaby.gov.uk/leisure-health-and-community/sport-and-leisure/activity-referral/
Charnwood

Charnwood

Tina Coles

Available programmes: All referral services currently paused

Telephone
01509 611080
Mobile
07730801967
Website
https://www.charnwood.gov.uk/pages/exercisereferral
Harborough

Harborough

Danny Hallam

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardio-Pulmonary, Cancer Prehab, Steady Steps

Telephone
01858 821286
Mobile
07879828187
Website
http://www.harboroughsport.org.uk/
Hinckley & Bosworth

Hinckley & Bosworth

Liz Causon

Available programmes: All referral services currently paused

Telephone
01455 255870
Website
https://www.activehb.org.uk/gp-exercise-referral-scheme
Leicester City - Healthy Lifestyle Service

Leicester City - Healthy Lifestyle Service

Carla Broadbent

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab, Steady Steps

Telephone
0116 454 4000
Website
http://livewell.leicester.gov.uk/
Melton

Melton

Sam Davies

Available programmes: All referral services currently paused

Telephone
01664 502416
Mobile
07896 856 258
Website
http://www.meltonsportandhealth.org.uk/
North West Leicestershire

North West Leicestershire

Christopher Mawbey (Community) / Tom Bodle (Leisure Centres)

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab, Steady Steps

Telephone
01530 454785/ 01530 811215
Website
https://www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/exercise_referral
Oadby & Wigston

Oadby & Wigston

Linda Savage

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab

Mobile
07939 367 979
Website
http://www.activeoadbywigston.org.uk/
Rutland

Rutland

Anneka Sherratt

Available programmes: Exercise Referral, Cardio-Pulmonary, Steady Steps, Lower Back Pilates

Telephone
01572 490030 (option 3)
Website
http://www.activerutland.org.uk/

For more information please contact:

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

I am currently remote working, so please contact me via email/mobile phone (where provided).

Telephone
01509 564879
Mobile
07793401506

Partners

  • Blaby LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
    Active Partnerships
  • Harborough LSA
    NWL LSA
    Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth

Partners

  • Harborough LSA
    NWL LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Blaby LSA