The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is a programme of activities designed for those who are currently not active or are exercising less than three times per week. It is also for those who suffer with one or more mild to moderate medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression etc; or have been identified as being at risk of developing these conditions. (Your health professional will have more information). We accept referrals from the following NHS/PHW Health Professionals; General Practitioner, Practise Nurse, Physiotherapist or Specialist Nurse.
The scheme involves a referral to a local leisure centre from your health professional, who believes that exercise will help in the prevention, management and improvement of your condition.
We are delighted to be able to open up the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Pembrokeshire once again from Monday 24th May 2021.
Due to the current pandemic, we will be offering a blended delivery of face to face gym sessions and virtual classes. We are hopeful that we will be able to reintroduce classes within Leisure Centres again from the beginning of July. Please keep checking back here for updated information.
Over the past year, the Exercise Referral Team have been staying in touch with participants, supporting them from home over the phone, with exercise programmes & live virtual group exercise classes. Here is some of the amazing feedback that we have received:
“Thank you so much for your Zoom Class for today. You are a very inspiring individual and you lead us patiently through a series of very valuable exercises. Changing the pattern of these in varying days helps us all to reach that unused corner of our physical layout - and I always feel a sense of being refreshed afterwards.”
“Thanks for the zoom session today, perfect timing as I was feeling very low and negative this morning. I definitely felt my mood lift while I was trying to get my arms and legs to move in the right direction!”
“During lockdown with the introduction of the team video, followed by the YouTube videos, the PL Anytime and Zoom classes have allowed me to continue with daily exercise at home and yet still feel part of a group. Mellissa’s classes are such that she has made them varied, relaxed and very rewarding. She manages to stress the importance of exercise yet retains a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.”
How do I get started?
You will need to see your health professional, and they will complete a referral form and send it to us on your behalf. They will have also provided you with a copy. You will then be invited to a face to face consultation in your local leisure centre, or a virtual consultation with your local exercise professional.
What does the programme consist of?
During your first consultation, a member of the Exercise Referral Team will meet with you to find out a little more about your health history, carry out some basic health checks and discuss the range of exercises that are suitable for you. The activities will be fun and aim to help you become healthier through a range of classes & activities.
When do I attend?
Activity sessions will be available to you throughout the week, including some evenings and weekends. The Exercise Referral instructor will create a timetable of activities suitable for your needs.
What is the duration of the scheme?
Your pre-approved programme will run for 16 weeks, during which time you will be able to attend as many exercise sessions as you like.
How much will it cost?
The cost is £2 per session in centres.
Virtual delivery is free of charge.
What will I need to wear?
You don't have to wear any special clothes as long as you are comfortable. It is better to wear soft, flat shoes or training shoes.
Do I need to be fit?
No, exercise can be tailored for different abilities so you will be advised about the level of exercise suitable for you.
What happens after 16 weeks?
Towards the end of your 16 weeks, you will be invited to a follow-up appointment to discuss your progress and long term exercise needs. You will then be advised of the range of exercise opportunities and the different available pricing options.
Membership with Pembrokeshire Leisure is an opportunity for you to continue with the activities that you have enjoyed as part of the National Exercise Scheme.
More membership information will be given to you as you finish the Exercise Referral Programme.
For more information email our Exercise Referral Coordinator, Joanne Barret –
or call your local Leisure Centre