G.P Referral Patients

Sharon is keen to reach out and help as many people as possible and is aware that there people who are suffering from conditions that are complex and need an expert safe pair of hands.  As an Exercise Referral Instructor Sharon is able to reach out to people who are health vulnerable and are needing to improve their quality of life and health.

Exercise Referral is a service that involves a GP or health professional (physiotherapist, osteopath, podiatrist, chiropractor,  sports massage therapist etc.)  referring a client (who has given their informed consent) to take part in structured exercise and activity under the supervision of an experienced and qualified exercise referral instructor.

The main purpose  of an exercise referral scheme is to:

  • Increase physical activity levels and provide activity opportunities for clients with medical conditions.
  • Provide a safe, effective and supervised environment for clients with medical conditions or who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  • Educate clients about the benefits of activity and exercise and other health behaviours (e.g. healthy eating, smoking and alcohol use).
  • Promote long term adherence to physical activity and other health behaviours.
  • Gather evidence (data collection) to monitor and evaluate the success of exercise referral as an intervention to meet local and national health outcomes.

The Exercise Referral Process

A patient with a specific health condition or CVD risk factors (inactivity, hypertension) can visit their GP or health professional.  The GP or health professional clinically asses the patient to check suitability for referral to Exercise Referral Instructor.  The GP completes transfer of information documents and gains patient consent and refers their patient to the referral scheme.

The referral scheme co-ordinator checks the transfer of information record is complete and contacts the patient to make an appointment to meet an exercise referral instructor.

The exercise referral instructor meets the client and conducts an initial assessment.

The Exercise Referral Instructor works with the client and monitors their progress.

On completion of the initial programme the client is sign posted to other activity opportunities to sustain the change in behaviour.

A review of information gathered from all stages of the process to evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the scheme.


A patient can also contact an instructor directly and after the initial consultation and information gathering the instructor will send a letter to patients GP informing them of the patients desire to improve their health.



I used to prefer to do more aerobic/dance classes for exercise & always thought pilates would be a very slow, perhaps even dull, class so never tried it. How wrong was I!! A friend took me along to Sharon's class after raving about how great it was & within the first half of the class I knew I was hooked. Not only is Sharon one of the best teachers I have had in any class but she is kind, funny, very knowledgeable about her craft & a true inspiration. Just when you think you can't stretch that leg any further, along comes Sharon to show you that you can ;-)!! Pilates has had a great effect on my core strength too, I used to struggle to do a sit up without my feet under something to hold them in place but that is no longer the case & I really look forward to every class. I highly recommend it to anyone & everyone.