NERS - National Exercise Referral Scheme

The National Exercise Referral Scheme is designed to help inactive adults who are at risk of poor health or have a pre-existing condition to become more active.

NERS – Powys (National Exercise Referral Scheme)



Need support and encouragement to exercise?

The National Exercise Referral Scheme is designed to help inactive adults who are at risk of poor health or have a pre-existing condition to become more active.

This scheme gives you the opportunity to improve your level of physical activity, with like-minded people.

If you are inactive and suffer from at least one of the following conditions: (Medical criteria do apply)

  • Overweight
  • Raised Blood Pressure
  • Raised Cholesterol
  • Controlled Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • CHD Risk Factors

Then you could undertake a structured, fully supervised activity session, at a level to suit you.  This would involve a referral from your Health Professional, Practice Nurse or General Practitioner and a commitment to attend twice a week for up to16 weeks, 3 consultations and 2 fitness assessments.

The programme costs £2 per session and all consultations and assessments are free of charge.

If you want to make physical activity a regular part of your weekly life style, then the scheme could help you achieve this. We have a number of NERS services and sessions available at Maldwyn Leisure Centre, these include

NERS – Generic Exercise Referral – for those who are inactive, who may have one or more chronic condition or have completed a NERS L4 service.

NERS – Community Based Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV – for those with a previous cardiac history.

NERS – Community Based Cancer Rehabilitation L4 – for cancer survivors.

NERS – Mental Health L4 – for those with specific diagnosed mental health condition. 

NERS – Exercise and Weight Management L4 – for those with a BMI of 35> 

NERS – Community Base Pulmonary Rehabilitation L4

NERS – Back Care service L4 (Core stability) – for those with symptoms of low back pain. 

NERS – Community Base Stroke Rehabilitation L4 – (Balance and Strength) – for those who have had a stroke with neurological effects. 

NERS – Falls Prevention L4 (Balance and Strength) – for those who have a fear or are at risk of falls.


The scheme runs for 16 consecutive weeks. The activity periods consist of 2 fully supervised group-based sessions each week. The activity sessions are either fitness suite or sports hall based and are available at specific times of the day.


Powys NERS Phase IV - Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you have coronary heart disease you may be eligible for our NERS Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme. This is a fun 16 week exercise programme for people like you, who want to live a healthier life.

If you’ve recently taken part in Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation, or your GP advises that you meet the criteria, you could come along and join other like-minded people. All sessions are delivered by our highly qualified instructors.

NERS – Back Care (Core Stability)

These sessions offer support and encouragement to exercise for those who have been identified with chronic pain of the lower back, after assessment by their health professional.

The sessions take place twice weekly and provide an evidence based exercise programme designed to improve mobility with gentle exercise to develop good posture, strengthen muscles that support the back and get stiff uncomfortable joints moving again.

NERS – Balance & Strength (Falls Prevention)


We offer a evidence based exercise programme designed to reduce the risk of falls, led by qualified Postural stability Instructors These Sessions are to help maintain independence, Keep mobile and on your feet. Make friends, have fun…. Come and join us

“The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a ‘wonder drug’ or ‘miracle cure’ ” Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, 2010.