Physical Activity Referral Scheme

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The ActiveWestminster Physical Activity Referral Scheme (PARs) is delivered by EveryoneHealth in partnership with our leisure contractors, Everyone Active and was previously known as the GP Referral Scheme.

The scheme has been designed to gently ease participants into physical activity over a 12- week period in the aim of increasing activity participation levels and knowledge about the physical and mental wellbeing benefits of physical activity through a combination of one-to-one support, supervised activity sessions, group exercise classes or swimming.

If you are affected by any of the following conditions, you may be eligible for PARS:

• Asthma

• Hyperlipidaemia

• Diabetes

• Mental Health Condition

• Musculoskeletal Condition

• COPD

• Hypertension

• Overweight/Obesity (BMI>27)

• Neurological Condition

How the referral scheme works

The scheme is open to those who live, work or study in the City of Westminster based on a referral from your GP.  

An initial appointment will then be made at one of our 7 leisure centres across the City, or at our partner site at Jubilee Hall Trust and will include a one-to-one meeting and consultation with a Physical Activity Referral Specialist.

During the consultation, you will be asked about your current and previous health conditions including medication, present goals, and activity aspirations. Your Physical Activity Referral Specialist will also make a note of your body measurements including weight, blood pressure, height and BMI (Body Mass Index).

After your initial consultation, a personalised activity programme will be created for you to ensure that you get the most out of your workout or activity session. A check-up will then take place at week 6 of the scheme, followed by a full review at week 12.

To find out if you could benefit from the PARs, simply speak to your primary health care provider such as your GP to see whether you would be suitable for a referral.