What is the Exercise Referral Scheme?

The scheme is funded by us and Cambridgeshire County Council to help improve the health of the community, promote active healthy lifestyles and decrease sedentary-related illnesses.

Detailed information can be found in the Exercise Referral Scheme Outline.

How does it work?

Registered health professionals can refer individuals who will benefit from a personalised 12 week exercise programme at our One Leisure centres. The exercise programmes are designed to meet the needs of the individual and may include gym-based exercises, walking, swimming, exercise classes, cycling and other activities.

There are currently over 350 health professionals (GPs, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists etc) registered to refer people to the scheme.

Who is it for?

Any resident of Huntingdonshire, over 16 years old, who is referred by a health professional because they will benefit from exercise to help in rehabilitation and prevention of certain medical conditions. For example:

  • heart conditions

  • diabetes (Type 1 and 2)

  • high blood pressure

  • depression/anxiety

  • obesity (BMI > 30)

  • respiratory conditions (including asthma)

  • cancer

  • musculo-skeletal (including arthritis)

How much does it cost?

It is free for the first 12 weeks. This includes gym sessions and swimming at off-peak times only (Monday to Friday, 7am - 4.30pm and all day Saturday and Sunday). Peak use is available but the costs will vary. Please contact us if you require appointments during peak times and we can discuss the best option for you.

Once the 12 week scheme has finished there are two options to continue using the gym facilities:

1. Pay a £12.50 membership and then £4 per visit (off-peak) for 12 months.

2. Take out a pre-paid membership option with One Leisure with no membership/joining fee. Further information can be viewed on the One Leisure membership pages.

There is no cost to health professionals for referrals.

How do health professionals get registered?

Only registered health professionals can make referrals. Health professionals may be a General Practitioner, practice nurse, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Register Online

Registration Form (PDF version)

How do health professionals refer a patient?

You can use the online Exercise Referral Form to refer a patient or download the form (PDF or Word).

If you are referring someone for cardiac rehabilitation please use the Cardiac Conditions Specific Form.

All information should be completed as fully as possible and sent (marked Private and Confidential) to:

One Leisure Active Lifestyles
Huntingdonshire District Council
Pathfinder House
St Mary’s Street
Huntingdon
PE29 3TN