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Activity on Referral (AOR)

For some people, getting active can be a challenge and they need some extra support. This is where the Activity on Referral (AOR) scheme can help.

AOR is a countywide scheme which 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.

How does it work?

Your GP, Practice Nurse or health advisor can refer you on to the scheme. You can take part in the scheme at any of the AOR accredited facilities where a qualified exercise professional will prescribe a personal exercise programme for you.

Who is it for?

AOR is intended for people who:

  • Are over 16.
  • Have a recurring illness or chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, joint, muscle and mobility conditions, mental health problems, pulmonary or cardiovascular disease.
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 or 28 with co-morbidities. Calculate your BMI.
  • Currently inactive i.e. doing less than 30mins of moderate intensity exercise per week.

Click here to see the list of Referral Criteria

The AOR Journey

  • To be referred: Contact your GP, Practice Nurse or Health Adviser for a written AOR Referral Form. They will give you a copy to take away.
  • To book your initial consultation at one of the AOR accredited leisure centres of your choice. This is a one to one induction session with an GP Referral trained exercise professional. You can do this by visiting the leisure centre or by telephoning (see list of AOR accredited Sites)
  • The Consultation: Remember to bring your copy of the referral form with you, along with a list of your current medication. Your goals, medical history and exercise preferences will be discussed, which will allow the exercise professional to tailor a physical activity programme specifically to your needs.
  • 12 Week Physical Activity Programme: This will be planned and agreed between yourself and the exercise professional. As you make improvements on AOR, the exercise professional will work with you to adapt your programme and aid progression. This will include a 6 week review of your physical activity plan.
  • Advice & Support: Throughout your 12 weeks on the AOR scheme you will be able to access specialist advice and support.
  • Final 12 Week Assessment: At the end of your 12 weeks you will have a final assessment to review your progress and discuss opportunities for continued physical activity.

Click here for more information about the scheme.

Accredited Activity on Referral Sites

For the full list of Accredited Activity on Referral sites click here

Lodge Park Sport Centre
Corby East Midlands International Swimming Pool

Reach for Health
Daventry Leisure Centre

East Northamptonshire
The Pemberton Centre
The Nene Centre

Manor Sports Centre

Imperial Court

Montsaye Community Sports Centre

Danes Camp Leisure Centre
Lings Forum Leisure Centre
Mounts Baths Leisure Centre

Pump Gym
Fitness Without Boundaries

South Northamptonshire
Brackley Centre for Leisure
Towcester Centre for Leisure

Redwell Leisure Centre

How much does it cost?

There is a small charge to join the scheme. The cost of these sessions will vary depending on which facility you attend. Click here for list of site charges


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