Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation provides an opportunity for patients to access a high quality supervised exercise programme, with the aim of encouraging long-term participation in physical activity. The Welsh National Exercise Referral Scheme has been based on best practice from the UK, current evidence base, and to operate to National Standards. The scheme has been supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, working in partnership with the British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR), Local Authorities, the National Public Health Service and Local Health Boards. (LHB's)

The Principal Aims of the Scheme

  • To offer a systematic and safety controlled system of referral to Phase IV exercise from Phase III Cardiac Rehab.
  • To offer a systematic and safety controlled system of referral to independent exercise from Phase IV Cardiac Rehab.
  • To provide a safe and effective Phase IV Cardiac Rehab that complies with  National standards.
  • To improve physical and mental health and wellbeing of patients.
  • To increase the long-term adherence in physical activity of patients.

Quality Standards

All protocols used on the scheme represent the best known practice and meet with current national guidelines. All exercise professionals operating the scheme are trained to NVQ Level 3 have a qualification that meets occupational standard D449 working with referred patients, a BACR Phase IV qualification, are suitable insured and registered with Register of Exercise Professionals (REP'S). All protocols have been discussed with BACR, Exercise Referral Cardiac Network.

Inclusion Criteria

The scheme is targeted at cardiac patients that have been through a clinical Phase III cardiac rehabilitation, the scheme uses suitably qualified exercise professionals and protocols to enable rehabilitation to be delivered locally and safely, thus there are inclusion and exlcusion criteria. The inclusion and exclusion criteria is designed to ensure that clients are safe to take part in exercise and are matched with the correct level of exercise professional.       

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