Nuffield Health Joint Pain Programme

I posted before about me joining this programme at the start of the year and being impressed with the 12 week programme. I've just had an email from Nuffield Health asking me to pass on to anyone the details of the programme in case they are interested. This appears to be the way they get new recruits as it was my sister in law who passed the details onto me after she had completed the programme and received a similar email. It's free for the 12 week programme and a further 12 week membership.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested.


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 858

    Thanks @jamieA good to know and I've 'announced' so it will be prominent for a while.

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  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 393

    Hi @jamieA

    I have just applied for this after my physio gave me the go ahead on Monday but I've also just been given an appointment with orthopaedic hip clinic so may have to postpone. See what Nuffield say when they contact me.

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx

  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,035

    This is a really positive update @jonr thanks.

    I'm sure that yes it probably ispartly about hopefully getting new members for Nuffield Gyms in the long term. But for an awful lot of people it really really seems to help.

    I myself am a huge advocate of excersise and went on one of Versis Arthritis' 'Living well with your long term condition ' courses early on in my own Arthritis journey. I expect there are some similarities.

    Just giving in was never an option for me like many of us forum members.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and I really hope lots of us here will see if there's a course near them.

    Toni x

  • CarylW
    CarylW Moderator Posts: 233

    The Nuffield course is brilliant. I have just finished the first 12 weeks and now following up with the exercises and classes for the next 12 weeks. The only problem will be that Nuffield gyms are not in every area o the country!


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  • jonr
    jonr Member Posts: 358

    ...and don't forget the GP Exercise Referral Programme which could be very useful after the course has ended or if there's not a Nuffield Health in your area.

    The GPERP is a government funded initiative going back a few years. OA and RA are included condition for qualification. Basically, your local Council Sports Centre will have have an application form which a GP can sign and send off, or they can do it online themsleves if they already know of it. You'll be contacted, your condition discussed over the phone and invited to attend a 1:1 assessment with a specialist who will put together a series of exercises and instruct on how to use the various bits of gym equipment, just as happens in the Nuffield programme. As well as that, participants will get a discount off annual membership.

    I found it very helpful in getting ready for the 1st of 2 TKRs, due imminently, so not just about building strength and exercise but good for pre-op prep and post-op recovery too.

    Hope this helps


  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 393

    Hi all

    Just a bit if information for anyone looking to join this programme, I applied in September just missing the last course and have just had a phone call from the Gym.

    Because I have had an injection into my hips on 7th November and because I'm waiting to hear when I'm having one into my wrist, I cannot join the course until June with pre course assessment in May.

    There has to be 8 weeks between steroid injections and starting a course and if you're seeing a consultant you need to ask them to contact your centre to give their approval for you to start the course.

    I'm looking forward to being able to start asap and still holding on to hope I could start sooner than June.

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx