Physical Activity Referral Scheme

Physical Activity Referral System (PARS) provides clients with the opportunity to engage in a structured programme of physical activity under the guidance of a Level 3 instructor in their local area. GPs and other relevant health professionals who have access to medical records can make a referral to PARS directly to Community and Leisure Centres. Currently PARS are delivered across 11 councils and in approximately 58 centres throughout Northern Ireland.

  • Referral Criteria

    Clients must be:

    • 19 years or over
    • Be inactive (not currently meeting the PA guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week)
    • Be motivated to change
    • Have a BMI >25 and <40

    And have one or more of the following:

    • Hypertension
    • Hyperlipidaemia
    • Impaired glucose levels or diabetes
    • Family history of heart disease
    • Asthma, bronchitis or COPD
    • Musculoskeletal conditions
    • Psychological/Mental Health Conditions
  • Who can refer to PARS?

    GPs and other relevant health professionals who have access to medical records can make a referral to PARS.

    For further information about becoming a PARS referrer please contact

    Those who are unable to refer and think a client could meet the criteria can signpost to GPs and other relevant health professionals.

  • What does PARS entail for the Client?

    PARS provides a 12 week programme with the aim of supporting clients in meeting the CMO physical activity recommendations for physical scheme and to increase the long term adherence in physical activity. It is designed for those with health related conditions who may benefit from regular physical activity under the guidance of qualified exercise professionals. The programme helps individuals manage and improve their overall health conditions and encourages people of all abilities to take part.  It offers support and motivation to become physically active.

    Once you have been referred by your health professional you will be contact by your local PARS team and invited to an initial Consultation. At this consultation you will meet your PARS facilitator, have a health and wellbeing assessment, discuss and set goals, sign up for PARS 12 weeks membership, have an induction to the leisure facilities.  Reviews are offered at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.

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