What is the Exercise Referral Scheme?

The Exercise Referral Scheme has been helping residents of Huntingdonshire become more active and to manage their health condition through supported self-care. You will be assisted throughout the scheme by a named Physical Activity Specialist, helping you to enjoy and maintain physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

There are currently over 300 health professionals (GPs, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists etc) from 50 agencies (surgeries, hospitals and clinics) registered to refer people to the district's One Leisure facilities.

The scheme is run by Huntingdonshire District Council’s Active Lifestyles Team to help improve the health of the community, promote active healthy lifestyles and help decrease sedentary-related illnesses.

Detailed information can be found in the Exercise Referral Scheme Outline and the Annual Health Professional Update 2017.

How does it work?

Registered Health Professionals can refer people who will benefit from a personalised 12 week exercise programme. Once we have received your referral we will get in touch, initially with a letter, informing you of the options and then with a follow-up phone call to book you in to start the scheme.

There are two options available:

Daytime option:

Unlimited access to the Impressions gym from Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 4.30pm and anytime during opening hours at weekends plus swimming (subject to timetable).

Anytime option:

Unlimited access to the Impressions gym during opening hours plus swimming (subject to timetable).

The scheme also includes:

  • a named Physical Activity Specialist who will meet you on a one-to-one basis on at least four occasions during the 12 weeks
  • swimming if appropriate (subject to timetable)
  • an individualised activity programme around your needs, which is adjusted at review intervals with your named Physical Activity Specialist
  • options to continue under a discounted rate following on from the 12 week programme - please speak to your Physical Activity Specialist to find out more.

Who is it for?

Any resident of Huntingdonshire, over 16 years old, who is referred by a health professional because they will benefit from exercise to help in rehabilitation and prevention of certain medical conditions. For example:

  • cancer

  • heart conditions (including heart failure)

  • hypertension

  • diabetes (type 1 and 2)

  • obesity (BMI over 30)

  • respiratory conditions 

  • mental health

  • musculoskeletal 

How much does it cost?

Daytime option

£35 one-off fee

Anytime option

£50 one-off fee

Please note there is no cost to health professionals to refer.

How do health professionals get registered?

Only registered health professionals can make referrals. Health professionals may be a General Practitioner, practice nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Register Online

How do health professionals refer a patient?

You can use the online Exercise Referral Form to refer a patient.

If you are referring someone for cardiac rehabilitation please use the Cardiac Conditions Specific Form.

All information should be completed as fully as possible and sent (marked Private and Confidential) to:

One Leisure Active Lifestyles
Huntingdonshire District Council
Pathfinder House
St Mary’s Street
PE29 3TN