Exercise Referral Toolkit
The BHFNC Exercise Referral Toolkit
There is increasing recognition, both globally and in the UK, of the need to promote healthier lifestyles and improve physical activity levels. Primary care has been recognised as a potentially important setting for the promotion of physical activity.
One of the most popular approaches to promoting physical activity in the primary care setting has been through exercise referral schemes. These schemes are widespread in the UK and form an important part of the interface between healthcare practitioners, health promotion specialists and exercise professionals.
Aim of the Toolkit
The toolkit aims to provide an easy-to-read, practical guide for all those professionals involved in exercise referral schemes. It has been developed in consultation with a range of professionals involved with exercise referral schemes and key national stakeholders.
The toolkit is divided into several easy-to-use sections:
Section 1: Background technical report
Section 2: A snapshot of exercise referral schemes operating in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Section 3: A synopsis of exercise referral research
Section 4: A quick reference guide to exercise referral schemes for referring healthcare professionals.
Section 5: Guidance for exercise professionals working with referred patients
Section 6: Guidance for exercise referral scheme coordinators
Section 7: A guide to commissioning exercise referral schemes
Section 8: A guide to evaluating exercise referral schemes
Section 9: A qualifications and training guide
The final section of the toolkit, the appendices, includes sample forms, templates letters, tools and questionnaires.
For further information and to download the toolkit please go to www.bhfnc-exercisereferral.org.uk