The Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme has been based on best practice from the UK, current evidence base, and operates to National Standards. The scheme has been supported by the Welsh Government, working in partnership, Welsh Local Government Association, Local Authorities, Public Health Wales and Local Health Boards.
The principal aims of the scheme
- To provide safe and effective community-based exercise opportunities suitable to client base that complies with National Standards
- To offer suitable nutrition advice as appropriate in partnership with community dieticians and/or accredited local slimming groups
- To promote healthy weight loss and improve the mental well-being and physical health of clients
- To increase clients’ long-term adherence to physical activity
- All protocols used on the programme represent best-known practice and meet with current National Guidelines.
- All Exercise Professionals operating the programme are trained to NVQ Level 3, have a qualification that meets occupational standard D449 working with referred patients, with or working towards a Level 4 Weight Management Certificate and have completed the OCN level 2 Nutrition course.
- Exercise Referral Instructors are covered by public liability insurance and registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals.
The scheme is targeted at clients with a BMI of over 30 who require a weight management and exercise intervention; they may be classified as:
They will need to be assessed and referred by a health professional to ensure suitability for community scheme and have indicated their agreement to attend the 8 week “Foodwise4 Life” nutrition education programme. These clients may have attended or continuing to receive some dietetic services which will run simultaneously alongside NERS intervention; this will be recorded on referral form.