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.



A few years ago I had a very severe back injury which resulted in me being off work for 6 weeks. I had previously had minor back problems. Rather than continue in a cycle of physio, pain management, feeling well, then injury again, I decided to do something about it! So when Sharon put a leaflet through my door, I felt this was my opportunity. The group in Well Lane were very welcoming to me and I didn’t feel at all awkward not doing some of the exercises, as I was very scared of injuring myself again. Two years on I now feel better equipped to manage my condition. Sharon has taught me about the types of muscles i use for different movements, therefore making me more aware of the importance of correct posture. Also, if for example, I’m working in the garden, I always complete a set of stretches before and after thus avoiding any problems. If you’ll excuse the pun, Sharon has equipped me with the tools I need, to ensure I can enjoy activities without being in constant fear of injuring myself. Lastly and most importantly, through this group I’ve made a whole new group of friends and I value this immensely. Thank you Sharon.