ENERGISE is an exercise referral programme specifically for people who have been affected by cancer. It is a partnership project between Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Network, Bristol City Council, North Bristol NHS Trust and Sports and Leisure Management Limited. The programmes are carried out by either Chartered Physiotherapists, CanRehab or Wright Foundation trained Exercise Instructors.
What are the benefits of the programme?
The programmes aim to introduce participants to the benefits of physical activity to help recovery from the effects of cancer treatments.
- A safe, supported and motivating environment to being to start exercising
- Gradual introduction to a regular manageable exercise routine, tailored to the needs of each participant
- Improve physical strength, mobility, function and quality of life
- Peer support.
What do the programmes consist of?
Participants of the programmes complete a pre-exercise session where a full assessment is carried out. This includes a health screen, questionnaires collection and further information about the programme. The leisure centre programmes are partly based in the gym using the extensive equipment available e.g. bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, as well as a circuit programme in the studio, consisting of a warm-up, different circuit stations designed for both upper and lower limb exercise, and a cool down period. Each participant is given an individual programme that is specific to them and will contain a mixture of aerobic and resistance exercise. All the programmes are designed to be a stepping stone back to physical activity, informal and fun. Discounted gym membership on completion of any of the programmes is available to participants in line with other exercise referral schemes run by Bristol City Council.
Who are the programmes suitable for?
Anyone aged 16 years or over, who is ready to exercise at any stage pre, during or after cancer treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy and is deemed by the referrer to have a stable condition. People who are receiving maintenance cancer treatments such as hormone therapy are suitable for inclusion.
If you suffer from any of the below conditions this program may not be suitable for you:
- Acute respiratory disease
- Unstable angina
- Unstable diabetes
- Acute heart failure
- Hypertension (systolic 160 and above, diastolic 100 and above)
- Tachycardia – resting
How do I get onto a programme?
You can be referred by your medical professional or can complete a self-referral form (if necessary we will liaise with your GP). Self-referral forms can be found here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/cancer-rehabilitation-exercise.
The current list of cancer exercise programmes across the region can be found in the attached document.