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National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

What is the National Exercise Referral Scheme?

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is a Welsh Government (WG) funded scheme which has been in development since 2006 to standardise exercise referral opportunities across all local authorities and Local Health Boards in Wales.

The Scheme is funded by Welsh Government and working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), local authorities, Public Health Wales (PHW) 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 programmes. You will be able to access a wide range of opportunities and these will be available between 16 and 48 weeks of the programme (Depending on medical condition).

What are the benefits?

The physical 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 normalise blood pressure 
  • Reduce risk of developing diabetes 
  • A reduced risk of blood clotting 
  • Helping to maintain independence, rather than becoming dependant

Psychological benefits

Some comments people have made include:

  • "I feel less anxious and stressed" 
  • "My confidence and self-esteem are better" 
  • "Being more active helped me to to give up smoking" 
  • "The activity sessions gave me time for myself" 
  • "My wife says I look a lot happier" 
  • "I took more responsibility for my own health"

Social benefits

Comments have included:

  • "It was a good opportunity to meet other people who had the same worries as I did" 
  • "The sessions made me get out of the house and gave me a new interest" 
  • "I made new friends and enjoyed the conversations we had" 
  • "I feel much fitter and can play with my grandchildren for longer now"

How do I access the Scheme?

If you feel that you would benefit from the scheme, are 17 and over and are suitable to join then you need to speak to your GP / practice nurse / health professional about being referred. Your GP or practice nurse will complete a referral form and provide you with a copy.

Where is the Scheme delivered?

Within Wrexham there are a number of venues for clients to attend for exercise, venues include:

  • Waterworld Leisure & Activity Centre
    • Generic NERS
    • Exercise After Stroke
    • Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Lifestyle Management Programme
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Aqua
  • Queensway Leisure & Activity Centre
    • Generic NERS
    • Lifestyle Management Programme
    • Foodwise
    • Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Gwyn Evans Leisure & Activity Centre
    • Generic NERS
    • Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Lifestyle Management Programme
    • Aqua
  • Chirk Leisure & Activity Centre
    • Generic NERS
    • Lifestyle Management Programme
    • Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Aqua
  • Gwersyllt Resource Centre
    • Falls Prevention
  • Alyn Waters Country Park
    • Generic NERS
    • Nordic Walking
    • Cycling
  • Craig Close Lounge (Chirk)
    • Generic NERS
    • Falls Prevention
  • Plas Telford
    • Falls Prevention
  • Age Connects North East Wales
    • Falls Prevention
  • Ruabon Village Hall
    • Generic NERS
    • Lifestyle Management Programme
    • Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation
    • Foodwise
  • Ysgol Rhiwabon