National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

The Exercise Referral scheme is part of the National Exercise Referral Scheme for Wales (NERS) and is funded by the Welsh Government and work in partnership with Public Health Wales. 

It is designed for inactive adults who are either at risk of poor health or have a pre-existing medical condition. The purpose of the scheme is to promote health and wellbeing by encouraging long term physical activity. 


Who is eligible?

If you are inactive and suffer from at least one of the following medical conditions:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Raised Blood pressure
  • Raised Cholesterol
  • Controlled Diabetes
  • Anxiety, depression or stress
  • Osteoporosis or at risk of Arthritis
  • Poor mobility
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Back pain
  • Respiratory disease- controlled asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic fatigue, ME
  • At risk of coronary heart disease

you could take part in a structured, fully supervised activity session at a level that suits you. If you meet the criteria you will receive an initial consultation with the Exercise Professional at a leisure centre near you before commencing the 16 week programme. 

Contact your local GP, practise nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician or other clinical professional and explain that you are interested in taking up the Exercise Referral Scheme. They will screen you for your suitability and complete a referral form.


What Happens next?

Once your referral form is received an Exercise Professional will contact you to make an appointment to see you. During an informal chat, your instructor will discuss your needs and concerns in becoming more active. At this time, some basic health checks will be taken, details of your medical history, a simple fitness test if appropriate to ascertain you level.


What is the duration of the scheme?

The programme runs for 16 weeks. If you are ill or unable to attend you can agree to re-join the scheme when you are better. As places are very limited, the Exercise Professional must be contacted and informed if you are unable attend. If a client fails to attend for two consecutive weeks without notifying the instructor, their place will be withdrawn. If you complete the scheme you may not re-enter for two years.


How much will it cost?

Exercise sessions under this scheme are £2.00.


When do I attend?

Activity sessions will be available to you throughout the week, including some evenings. So don’t be put off if you work, we will find you time to exercise somewhere!


Chronic Health Conditions

Amongst the various qualifications achieved by the Exercise Professionals, they are also qualified to deal with clients with chronic conditions:

  • BACPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Instructors
  • Chronic Respiratory Exercise Instructors
  • Cancer and Exercise Instructors
  • Obesity & Diabetes Management Instructors
  • Postural Stability Falls Prevention Instructors
  • Mental Health & Exercise Instructors  
  • Back Care Instructor

For more information about the NERS scheme visit the website http://www.wlga.gov.uk/ners or contact the team on Bywniach@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or on 01766 771000.