Exercise Referral Diploma Course
Leading to an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral. This Exercise Referral Diploma Course is specifically designed for Fitness Professionals looking to develop referral schemes for health care services.
Physical activity is important for individuals’ health and mental well-being. A small amount of physical activity regularly can manage conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and mental health problems. When people have performed some form of physical activity, they get a sense of achievement and stress relief to help them go about their day.
To achieve this, the course has been put in place so that GPs can refer patients to an exercise scheme with confidence that their patients are in the very best of care. This diploma from Focus Training also benefits those individuals that are gym instructors working in leisure clubs and personal trainers looking to develop their own knowledge of exercise referral. This course is designed to increase your knowledge in this expanding sector of the health and fitness industry.
There is an increasing trend of GPs and healthcare workers prescribing exercise for patients that have other health conditions. These referrals are not simply to raise an individuals’ physical fitness, they are designed so that they will benefit more from the results of participating in the physical exercise. Common reasons for a patient to have an exercise referral is an existing medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes or depression. They could be inactive or unable to move without assistance. As there is a multitude of reasons for the exercise referral, we offer you the Exercise Referral Diploma Course from Focus Training. This delivers the skills and knowledge required to meet the criteria of a referring GP or healthcare worker. This is a forward-thinking course enabling you as a fitness professional to pursue a career in GP exercise referral.
The Focus Training Exercise Referral Diploma leads on to a nationally recognised qualification. As a result, it takes an in-depth look at a range of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis and mental health conditions. Additionally, you will become an expert in nutrition, being able to provide the very best activity program for your clients. Above all, the course identifies how exercise can improve quality of life and help clients achieve their goals. You will learn the skills necessary to assess clients and provide a bespoke physical activity program that considers their medical conditions and referral information from the GP or healthcare referrer. You can be assured that this course teaches you everything you need to know to take on these varied clients.
The Exercise Referral Diploma is a full time, five-day course for those who want to work in GP Exercise Referral. It is ideal if you are a qualified Personal Trainer wishing to broaden your knowledge of specific healthcare conditions and work with clients who have these. The diploma allows for personal development and progression within this fascinating field and is therefore ideal for anyone wishing to become a Level 4 qualified instructor.
This course is ideal for anyone looking to specialise in GP exercise referral work. Above all, a GP Exercise Referral Diploma Course is the foundation of a rewarding and specialised career in the fitness industry
What will I learn on my Exercise Referral course?
- Pathophysiology, treatment, special considerations for:
- Cardiovascular conditions: Atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol,
- Mobility related conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, spondylosis (spinal arthritis) joint replacement
- Mental health conditions: Anxiety, stress and depression
- Other conditions: obesity, diabetes type 1 & 2, asthma, COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
- Related exercise benefits and implications
As an Exercise Referral Specialist, it will be your job to advise these clients on how to enhance their well being through a planned programme of exercise and nutrition. Key areas of focus include:
- Collecting information to plan an exercise referral programme
- The principles of risk stratification in exercise referral.
- Current UK healthcare systems and the exercise referral process
- Accepted methods of treatment/ management of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes
- How to programme safe, effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.
- Medication (over counter and prescription) and exercise implications
- Behavioural change and motivational interviewing
- Safe and effective progressive exercise programming
- Setting up and coordinating exercise referral schemes
How is the Exercise Referral Diploma Course delivered?
The course is delivered in five days over a two week period. All your assessments will take place at the course venue.
What learning materials will I receive for my Exercise Referral course?
All the learning materials for these courses are available online through our unique online learning portal, a virtual classroom which guides you, section by section, through your course.
If you don’t already hold a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, to help you complete the Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition units, you’ll also be able to access all the online learning materials for this course too.
As with all Focus Training courses, we aim to make learning as easy and enjoyable as possible. Everything you need, including facts and essential information is clearly presented. There is even a quiz at the end of each section so you can test yourself. If you need it, a hard copy of the course manual is also available for a small additional cost.
How will I be assessed on the Exercise Referral course?
Your assessment will take place during the course and will include a practical assessment and a case study.
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