NICE PH54 guidance was reissued this September (2014).
This guideline makes recommendations on exercise referral schemes to promote physical activity for people aged 19 and older. It is an update of recommendation 5 in ‘Four commonly used methods to increase physical activity‘ (NICE public health guidance 2).
It focuses on exercise referral schemes that try to increase physical activity among people who are inactive or sedentary and are otherwise healthy or who have an existing health condition or other risk factors for disease.
The guideline is for primary care practitioners and policy makers, commissioners and other practitioners with physical activity as part of their remit working in local authorities and the NHS.
In addition, it may be of relevance to providers of exercise referral schemes, organisations that provide exercise qualifications and accreditation and members of the public.
This guideline does not cover structured exercise programmes designed for managing a specific health condition or for rehabilitation following recovery from a specific condition. This includes cancer, cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation programmes.