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Table 1 NERS components as conceived and as delivered in practice

From: Facilitating adherence to physical activity: exercise professionals' experiences of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales. a qualitative study

Planned key components of NERS NERS in practice
Health professional referral to NERS Health professional referral to NERS
Baseline consultation including Baseline consultation including
• Health check and lifestyle assessment • Health check and lifestyle assessment
• Motivational interviewing  
• Goal setting  
16 week exercise programme including 19 week (median) exercise programme including*
• £1 per class rate • £1 per class rate
• Patient only group exercise classes as well as supervised gym use • Patient only group exercise classes as well as supervised gym use
• Supervision by a level 3 qualified instructor • Supervision by a level 3 qualified instructor
• Four week contact to discuss goals and experiences of the programme • Contact to discuss goals and experiences of the programme.
• Contact of non-attendees at this stage to encourage back to programme • Non-attendees typically not contacted.
Scheme exit consultation including Scheme exit consultation including
• Repeat health check and lifestyle assessment • Repeat health check and lifestyle assessment
• Discussion of goal progress • Discussion of goal progress
• Signposting to exit routes • Signposting to exit routes (including replacement of NERS discount with local discounts in most areas)
8 and 12 month follow up consultations to discuss progress since the scheme 8 and 12 month follow up consultations to discuss progress since the scheme (variable delivery)
  *indefinite access to NERS classes offered after scheme exit consultations by most professionals during the trial period