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What is the National Exercise Referral Scheme?


The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is funded by Welsh Government and Public Health Wales (PHW), working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), local authorities, and Local Health Boards. It targets clients who are at risk of developing chronic disease, providing an opportunity for referrals to access a high quality supervised exercise programme to improved 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 is designed to provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.

What does the Scheme consist of?

There are a wide range of activities both gym based and class based to choose from for patients that have been through rehabilitation programme or referred by a health professional (GP, Nurse, and Physiotherapist etc.). You will be able to access a wide range of opportunities and these will be available between 16 and 32 weeks of the programme (Depending on medical condition).

What are the benefits?

The benefits include 

  • The heart and lungs become stronger and more efficient
  • Muscular strength increases 
  • Joints become stronger 
  • The onset of osteoporosis can be delayed 
  • Body fat and excess weight may be reduced 
  • Relaxation and sleep might be improved 
  • Being better able to carry out the activities of daily living 
  • Feeling more alert and energetic 
  • Maintaining good posture 
  • Helping to normalize blood pressure 
  • Reduce risk of developing diabetes 
  • A reduced risk of blood clotting 
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Improve confidence and self-esteem