National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

Gwynedd Council

National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

The Gwynedd Exercise Referral Scheme is part of the Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme, which is funded by the Welsh Government and managed centrally by 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.

How do I access the service?

You will need to get referred by a Health Professional (usually your GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist) who will have access to the NERS referral dispensing website.

Am I eligible to access NERS?

The Scheme targets people aged 16 and over with, or at risk of developing, a chronic condition. There are set entry criteria and your health professional will need to check you meet these.

What will it cost?

Exercise sessions under this scheme are £2.00.

How long does the scheme last?

The scheme lasts from 4-32 weeks dependant on referral reason; each session will last approximately 1 hour and activity will vary from an indoor activity; gym, circuits or an outdoor activity. You are required to attend regular sessions and attend follow up consultations at 16 and 52 weeks. Local provision or referral waiting times is variable dependant on availability of qualified staff. Please contact local coordinator if you have any queries.

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 NERS website or contact the NERS Coordinators on:

James Richards – 07833441175 or E-Mail

Terry Williams – 07813594777 or E-Mail

Get to know the rest of the team: The NERS Team

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