Exercise Referral Toolkit

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