Northants Activity on Referral (AOR) Scheme

A countywide referral programme aimed at inactive adults who are overweight or living with a health condition by providing them with positive introduction to an active lifestyle.

Adults should try to be active for at least 150mins per week, however for some people, getting active can be a challenge particularly if they are living with a health condition which can make it much harder and therefore need a little 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, which will help them better manage their condition. The service provides health screening; advice and access to exercise, led by highly qualified exercise professionals.

How does AOR work?

Any health professional such as your GP, Practice Nurse or Social Prescribing Link Worker 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 AOR for?

AOR is intended for people who:

  • Are aged 16+years of age
  • Have a long term 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 or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 or 28 with co-morbidities.
  • Currently inactive i.e. doing less than 30mins of moderate intensity exercise per week.

See the Scheme Inclusion Criteria to see whether you are eligible.

There is a cost to access the scheme which is different depending ion which site you attend. See Site Charges 2021-22

The AOR Journey

  • To be referred: Contact your health professional and request a referral to the AOR Scheme. They will complete a Referral Form and should provide you with a copy to take away.
  • To book your consultation with an exercise professional, contact your local AOR accredited facility.
  • At your 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.
  • Your exercise programme: This will be planned and agreed between yourself and the exercise professional and will run over 12 weeks.
  • 6 Week review: You will be invited to attend a mid-programme review to check how you are getting on, and your exercise programme may be adapted to aid progression.
  • 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.
  • Advice & Support: Throughout your 12 weeks on the AOR scheme you will be able to access specialist advice and support.

For more information see the Patient Information Leaflet

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