Exercise Referral Job Profile

Exercise Referral Job Profile

Role and Responsibilities

  • Working with individual patients with one or more specific controlled conditions
  • Screening of patients based on medical assessments
  • Interpreting relevant patient information to tailor appropriate exercise programmes
  • Promoting a range of physical activity opportunities to meet the specific needs of the patient, and employing appropriate motivational strategies to achieve this
  • Assessing, monitoring and managing controllable risk to patients arising from exercise participation throughout the referral period
  • Monitoring and evaluating exercise referral scheme through necessary documentation
  • Making the appropriate decisions relating to patients and their programmes/goals and, where required, referring the patient to a L4 instructor and/or their GP

Hours and Environment

  • There are many full-time posts advertised
  • Most exercise referral instructors work on a part-time or sessional basis, supplementing their work as a fitness instructor or personal trainer

Key Skills and Interests

  • Be able to communicate with other professionals, patients and their significant others as appropriate
  • Must be committed to keeping up to date with best practice and research
  • Be an active and positive role model to all patients
  • Must be able to educate others on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and keep clients motivated

Getting Employed

  • There has been a significant increase in the number of advertised exercise referral posts over the last few years (source:BASES)
  • The more experience you have working as a fitness professional with a range of clients, the better your chances of a successful application
  • To be employed as a qualified instructor and obtain public liability insurance you must be aged 18 or over
  • You must have a recognised L3 qualification in exercise referral in order gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Income Guide

  • Working full-time, you may expect £17-30,000 depending on skills and experience (source:BASES). This will vary considerably, however, depending on the employer. Working part-time or on a hourly basis should be at a similar rate, but on a pro-rata basis.

Industry Overview

  • Typical employers include the NHS, local authorities and fitness providers.