Physical activity referral service
The Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) helps people living with long term health conditions to increase their levels of physical activity in a safe and structured environment. The service provides health screening; advice and access to exercise, led by highly qualified exercise professionals. The sessions are run across Manchester in local leisure and community centres. The service offers a range of different types of activity and you will be told about these during your appointment and you will be advised on the most suitable type of activity for you. There will be a small charge for each activity that you take part in, either within the PARS service or within Manchester Leisure Services and Facilities.
Why would you be referred to PARS?
You would be referred because your doctor or your healthcare professional feels that your health will benefit if you are more active in your everyday life. Physical activity has a positive effect on many long term health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many more. It can also reduce the risk of healthy people developing these conditions. Being active regularly is also important in helping to maintain a healthy weight.
What happens at the initial appointment?
Before you start exercising with PARS you will receive an invite to attend a clinical appointment. At this appointment your health and suitability for taking part in physical activity/exercise sessions will be assessed by a Physical Activity Referral Officer (PARO). You will be given specific advice on activities and exercises that will benefit you, taking into account your own personal health conditions.
As part of the assessment you will be weighed and the PARO will take your blood pressure, which will help us to assess your suitability for the different types of activities.
The PARO will discuss and agree with you what you want to achieve from your referral to the PARS team. These goals will be reviewed at all follow up appointments. The goals will help us to recommend appropriate exercise sessions for you. The PARO will give you follow up appointments for 3, 6 and 12 months to be reviewed.
What can you expect from PARS?
- Regular checks (as described above) to ensure you are active at the right level
- We will also recommend the types of activity that we feel are most suited to your needs taking account of your personal preferences
- Support for you during the 12 months
- We will let you know who to contact if you have any problems.