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Table 1 NERS set up costs for 13 local authorities in Wales in 2006 – 08 and operational costs for 2007 – 08 based on national budget plus national and local authority additional costs (£) 1

From: Cost-effectiveness of a national exercise referral programme for primary care patients in Wales: results of a randomised controlled trial

2006-08 Total (£) Mean (per LA) S.D.
Set up    
National costs    
Salaries    
  Physical activity specialist (0.2 WTE in yr 1, 0.6 WTE yr 2) 39,317   
  Line Management (0.02 WTE yrs 1&2 Grade 7) 5,823   
  Executive officer (0.2 WTE yr 2) 4,254   
Exercise professionals training (Level 3) 51,759   
Meetings 3,852   
Resources & printing 9,845   
Translation costs 537   
Pilot exercise referral project 183,587   
Additional Local Authority costs    
IT 43,004 3,308 1,775
Equipment 15,290 1,176 874
Staff clothing 1,196 92 218
Attending meetings 4,030 310 506
Promotion or advertising 2,210 170 316
Home working facilities 1,170 90 246
Total set up 365, 875 28, 144 2, 475
Annual operational costs 2007-08    
National costs    
WAG salaries    
  Physical activity specialist (0.8) 39,298   
  Line Management (0.02 WTE Grade 7) 3,515   
  Executive officers (1.2 WTE) 26,618   
Meeting costs 2,855   
National resources 20,324   
Exercise professionals (36 WTE) 781,833 60,141 24,213
Printing, stationary and administration 19,750 1,646 829
Training 18,967 1,459 916
Travel 47,351 3,642 1,496
Joint national and local costs    
Co-ordinator salary and on-costs (13 WTE 50% funded by WAG & LA) 358,574 27,583 3,995
Local authority costs    
Staff management 29,250 2,250 n/a
Promotional material 715 55 151
Room hire 10,326 794 1,453
Attending conferences 455 35 96
Total NERS annual operational cost £1, 359, 832 104, 602 27, 226
Cost per participant in NERS N or £   
Participants in NERS (N)2 2,349   
Participant cost in 16 week programme based on intervention group 3 £579   
All referrals July 2007 – October 2008 (12 months in study period) (N) 4,779   
Participant cost in 16 week programme 3 £285   
Arithmetic mid-point between referrals and participants 3,530   
Base case intervention per person cost using N above £385   
Participants in the economic analysis who supplied service utilisation data 798   
  1. 1All costs in UK£ rounded to nearest whole £.
  2. 2People who accessed NERS during the trial, those in the intervention group (n=1080) plus the people referred who were eligible for NERS but not for the trial, minus 15% non-attenders (n=1493), a total of 2349.
  3. 3Calculation - total annual operational cost divided by N.