Health Referral Schemes

Simon Stevens, CEO of the NHS has been quoted saying that ‘physical activity is a miracle cure, no other medication or drug prevents and cures more conditions’. Our extensive Health Referral Schemes prevent, maintain and cure illness, injury and mental health conditions.

This vital resource for our community is accessible through GP’s, Physiotherapists, self-referral and other health professionals.  Our fully qualified and experienced team deliver specific group sessions for a number of interventions to help local people exercise under qualified guidance whilst also benefiting from social interaction with people in a similar situation. These sessions have proved invaluable for these patient’s wellbeing and helps relieve strain on our NHS.

Our schemes include:


Cancer - All tumour sites, pre & post treatment/surgery, curative and palliative.

Stroke - Varying stages of disability accepted but patient must be able to transfer from wheel chair or bring carer to support.

Hypertension - Diagnosed high blood pressure providing its being controlled.

Cardiac rehab - Post heart attack and after completion of phase 3 cardiac rehab in hospital or prehab for surgery i.e by pass/stents.

Diabetes Type 1 - Blood BGL must be below 15 mmo1/L to exercise.

Diabetes Type 2 – Blood sugars below 7 should not exercise.

Pulmonary (COPD/Long COVID) - Varying stages of condition accepted.

M.S.K Bone - Joint or Mobility conditions.

Parkinson’s Disease – Varying stages of condition accepted.

Mental Health – Anxiety, low mood and depression - Studio based small group training class.

Mental Health – Anxiety, Low mood and depression - Community Garden.

Weight Management Studio – BMI of 25 – 39.9 (Studio based small group training class).

Weight Management Football  – BMI of 25 – 39.9 (Fat vs Football, football based session providing coach led session and advice on healthy lifestyle).

Weight Management Aqua – BMI of 25 – 39.9 (Aqua Aerobics session).

Weight Management get Moving – Inactive.


NB There are criteria in place that may exclude individuals with the above conditions but they will be managed by the Provider of the exercise programmes at the time of the client’s initial assessment.


For those currently attending our health referral schemes, it has been reported that their Wellness levels have improved by 98%*

All patients eligible for any of our health referral schemes will be recommended to join a 12 week programme. Before your programme begins you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our health professionals. This is to go over your medical history and to sign you up fully to our programme.

As our schemes are subsidised by us as a charity we do have a minimal charge towards the running of these sessions. Sometimes funders will contribute towards these sessions where we can allow for ‘sponsored’ patients to allow to join the scheme for free.

Please contact us to find out more.

*400 patients exercising 2 times per week for 12 weeks


These essential services, which Thurrock Community Leisure provide, will be crucial in the continued fight against Coronavirus, both during and after the Covid-19 pandemic and we are going to play our part in reducing the local communitys vulnerability as research has proven that 75% of people who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 were overweight or obese and at risk of becoming lonely from social isolation.

Obesity is one of the biggest health crises the country faces. Almost two-thirds (63%) of adults in England are overweight or living with obesity and 1 in 3 children leave primary school overweight or obese, with obesity-related illnesses costing the NHS £6 billion per year.

Living with excess weight puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, with risk growing substantially as body mass index (BMI) increases. Nearly 8% of critically ill patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units have been morbidly obese, compared with 2.9% of the general population.

We want to continue to be there for those who have suffered during the pandemic and are living with the long term health effects of the virus. Our GP Health Sessions are essential to combat this and without the ongoing support from our community we will not be able to provide these fantastic health schemes.

"Losing weight is hard but with some small changes we can all feel fitter and healthier. If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus as well as taking pressure off the NHS." Boris Johnson British PM