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Here you will find everything you need to signpost and refer your patients to our physical activity programmes. If after browsing you still have questions then please call 0141 232 1860 and select the Health Professional option and someone will be able to help you. Please also call this number if you would like to receive a health professional pack with all the information and forms you need to refer your patients. All resources are also available below to download and print off for you to use.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have made it easy to assist patients in your area to become more active, through the introduction of three bespoke physical activity programmes; Live Active, Vitality and Health Walks. These programmes, designed by health care and fitness specialists, are quality assured and tailored to the needs of patients with various abilities and health conditions.

In addition our six Local Authority partners have a range of general physical activity opportunities available such as gym facilities, swimming and a range of exercise classes. There’s something everyone can take part in regardless of their current activity level, age or medical condition.

Choosing the right programme for your patient

We have provided you with summary details on each programme and created a simple flowchart and referral guidance which you can use as a quick guide to help you make your selection.  

Take a look at the flow chart (pdf) to find out which programme is right for your patient.

  • Live Active – for people who need some support to become more active
  • Vitality – exercise classes for people with medical conditions
  • Health Walks – guided group local walks suitable for everyone
  • General Physical Activity Opportunities
Live Active

If your patient isn’t sure where to start and wants or needs some support to become more active then Live Active is the right choice.

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Through the help and support of our specialist Live Active Advisors, patients will receive bespoke advice and encouragement to set lifestyle goals whether its  increasing their activity levels or simply living a more positive lifestyle. 

Over the course of a 12 month period and through the support of our one to-one consultations, either in person or on the telephone, our Live Active Advisors will provide patients with the knowledge, tools and confidence they need to meet their goals. 

A physical activity plan is tailored for each individual and Live Active Advisors help patients choose from a range of activities available to them in their local area such as Vitality classes, supervised gym sessions, swimming, health walks to name but a few.  Rest assured that the Advisors have a wealth of knowledge of all the opportunities available to patients locally to become more active.  

Live Active Advisors are also on hand every step of the way offering techniques to cope with setbacks if they arise and advice on how to gain the right social support to keep them on track.  Throughout the 12months the Advisor will agree a personalised support plan for the patient in terms of what support they need and how often e.g. telephone calls, catch ups etc.  This unique service is ideal for patients who are keen to make better lifestyle choices but need help to do so.  

Patients will also be offered access to wider NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde support services including Quit Your Way.

Where

Live Active operates across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde within various Leisure Centres and Community Centres.  Once you have made a referral for your patient you just select the site they want to attend and post it to the appropriate address.

What next?

  1. Are you on SCI Gatway?  If yes then please follow guidance on there as referrals can be made to Live Active via this electronic system.  Please complete the appropriate fields and ensure you mark which centre they would like to attend.  If no……..
  2. Is your patient eligible?  Please follow the our guidance (pdf)
  3. Please complete the appropriate Live Active Referral Form and make sure you provide all of your details as well as those of the patient

The Live Active Advisor will contact the patient upon receipt of the referral form.

If not able to refer directly via SCI Gateway please complete the appropriate Live Active Referral Form (below) and make sure you provide all of your details as well as those of the patient.

Live Active Referral Forms

Cost

The Live Active one to one behavioural support is free and patients then pay for the activities they wish to take part in.

If you are still unsure if Live Active is the most suitable programme for your patient please check our flowchart and referral guidance or give us a call on 0141 232 1860 and select Health Professional option or email LiveActive@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

For more information or to book your patient in for their appointment please call 0141 232 1860

The Live Active one to one behavioural support is free and patients then pay for the activities they wish to take part in.

For more information or to book your patient in for their appointment please call 0141 232 1860

Downloads:

Local Authority Sites:

Live Active operates across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde within various Leisure Centres and Community Centres across our six Local Authority Partners: 

Glasgow Life

East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Renfrewshire Leisure Trust

Inverclyde Leisure

Vitality – exercise classes for people with medical conditions

Vitality exercise classes have been specifically designed for people living with medical conditions such as; Parkinson’s disease, MS, Stroke, Cardiac Conditions, Osteoporosis, Cognitive impairments and COPD. It is also ideal for those who have a fear of falling or find their strength and balance is starting to impact on their daily lives.

Vitality is delivered by highly trained staff meeting the required national fitness qualifications as well as having undertaken bespoke NHS GG&C Vitality training, delivered by a range of condition specific physiotherapists.  There are various classes available within the Vitality programme each designed to build and maintain strength, improve co-ordination and flexibility meaning that your patients can participate in a safe, comfortable, and above all else fun environment. Classes last for approximately 60 minutes in total with a warm up, main section and cool down/stretch included. 

Where

Vitality classes operate across Greater Glasgow and Clyde in a range of community centres and leisure centres. If you would like to find out specific class details please call 0141 232 1860 and select Vitality option

Vitality operates across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde within various Leisure Centres and Community Centres across our six Local Authority Partners:

Glasgow Life

East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Renfrewshire Leisure Trust

Inverclyde Leisure

What next?

If your patient is eligible and would like to attend Vitality, ideally if you can, please support them to complete the Suitability Questionnaire (but don’t worry if you can’t as this will be done – all we ask you to do is to ask your patient to call 0141 232 1860 and select Vitality option to go through verbally). Your patient will need to pass this form to the instructor on their first visit so we always suggest that new people turn up to the class 10 minutes early so they can introduce themselves to the instructor and discuss their specific needs. Please note if any questions on section 1 of the suitability questionnaire are ticked yes – please follow the additional Vitality guidance.

Vitality Guidance

If a patient answers YES to any of the questions in section 1 of the Questionnaire they are not suitable to directly access the Vitality programme and therefore will be directed to discuss this with their healthcare professional i.e. Practice Nurse, GP or physiotherapist who should discuss their symptoms, and if appropriate, their suitability to participate in a physical activity programme.

Section 1 of the Vitality S-Q screens participants who have any contraindications to exercise and also identifies participants who have cardiovascular disease (CVD). 

Staff should use their medical expertise when discussing any of this with their patient and therefore should review their symptoms and/or medical condition.  The patient is not suitable for a community based physical activity programme until they are stable or have been reviewed by their GP or cardiologist as appropriate.  Staff may want to consider NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Rehab services where appropriate e.g. Cardiac, Pulmonary or Stroke. 

In addition patients with a heart condition and/or a Stroke / TIA (within the last 6 months) can only access the Vitality classes via the Live Active Referral Scheme.  This ensures that appropriate pre exercise screening is undertaken to enable a suitable exercise prescription and tailoring of activity for patients is undertaken.  Once patients are referred to the Live Active Referral Scheme they can then access Vitality classes if suitable. 

If you are unsure please check our flowchart or please call 0141 232 1860 and select health professional option to discuss.

It is not essential to book the first class, however to avoid disappointment booking is advised, especially if someone has mobility issues. Please encourage your patient to call 0141 232 1860  to discuss the best Vitality class for them, find out costs and reserve their place. 

Cost

A small charge for Vitality applies and is payable upon attendance. Costs vary by local authority.

If you are still unsure if Vitality is the most suitable programme for your patient, use our check list as a guide:

Who is not suitable? 

If the answer is YES to any of the following questions your patient will not be eligible for direct access to Vitality without further investigation or medical authorisation, in this instance please call 0141 232 1860 to discuss next steps: 

  • Do they lose their balance because of dizziness or do they frequently lose consciousness (black out)?
  • Do they feel pain in their chest at rest or when they do physical activity?
  • Do they get short of breath at rest or doing light activity?
  • Have their Doctor ever said that they have a heart condition e.g. Heart attack, angina, heart palpitations, valve replacement, by-pass, other?
  • Have they ever had a stroke?
  • Has their Doctor ever advised them not to participate in exercise?

For more information or to book your patient in for their appointment please call 0141 232 1860

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Health Walks – guided group local walks suitable for everyone

Walking has been described as “near perfect exercise”. Almost all patients can take part in Health Walks, so there’s no referral form needed. Walks are easy, sociable and good fun, with a volunteer walk leader on hand to encourage participants to go at a pace they are comfortable with. 

It’s a great way for people to get out and about, enjoy the sights of their local parks and gardens and meet new people. No specialist equipment is required however, participants are asked to dress for the weather and wear appropriate and comfortable footwear. 

Health walks are free, last for up to one hour and take place regularly at various locations across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

Where

There are over 75 Health Walks every week across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Glasgow Life –  Good Move Walking

East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust  

West Dunbartonshire

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Renfrewshire Leisure Trust

Inverclyde

What next?

There is no need for a formal referral. For further information about your local walks, please call 0141 232 1860 and select, Health Walks.

Cost

Nothing! Almost all group led walks are free to attend.

For more information on walks in your patients’ local area, please call 0141 232 1860 

Downloads:

General Physical Activity Referral Contact Form

Please complete this form if your client/patient would like a Physical Activity Advisor to contact them to discuss becoming more active.

Please note if you have access to your patients full medical notes and want to refer to Live Active directly, please complete the Live Active form instead which can be found above within the Live Active section (please note referral form B is for patients with Heart Disease and should be completed by the patients GP or PN.

General Physical Activity Contact Form

More information on local physical activity opportunities:

Glasgow Life

East Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure

Renfrewshire Leisure Trust

Inverclyde Leisure

For patients WITHOUT established heart disease.

To be completed by referring health professional. Please refer to the referral guidance document for further information on appropriate referrals and processes. If your patient has established heart disease please use Referral Form B.

Please note – these forms will only work when using a modern browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox) and will NOT work when using Internet Explorer.

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For patients WITH established heart disease.

To be completed by referring health professional. Please ensure patient meets referral criteria and the form is fully completed, otherwise they will not be accepted into the service.

This form allows access to technician led exercise testing to determine the safety of exercise prescription for the patient. The hospital will assume clinical responsibility for any recommendations to exercise.

Please note – these forms will only work when using a modern browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox) and will NOT work when using Internet Explorer.

Only refer if yes
If NYHA is Grade 1 or 2 (i.e. none or only slight limitation of physical activity. DO NOT REFER if symptoms with mild activity or at rest)
BPM - DO NOT REFER if ventricular rate>80. See AF guideline re HR control
Please describe
(and No change in frequency or severity of angina) If "Yes" no further ETT required.Previous results will be used. If new diagnosis of angina please consider cardiac referral. OTHERWISE IF CHD - ETT REQUIRED.
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Please complete this form if your client/patient would like a Physical Activity Advisor to contact them to discuss becoming more active.

Please note if you have access to your patients full medical notes and want to refer to Live Active directly please complete the following form instead (please note referral form B is for patients with Heart Disease and should be completed by the patients GP or PN)

Please note – these forms will only work when using a modern browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox) and will NOT work when using Internet Explorer.

Welcome to the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Physical Activity webpage. Here you will find everything you need to know around the topic of Physical Activity – why be more active, how to be more active and what programmes and opportunities are out there to help you to become more active in your local area.


To find out more click on the “Get Active” button below OR if you are a health professional looking for guidance for your patients please click on “Guidance for professionals” button.

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