GCRA look to increase classes in Grampian

The charity Grampian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association (GCRA) is preparing plans to increase the number of its cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes throughout Grampian.

There may be opportunity also to develop the new Active for Life Classes which the charity is piloting with NHS Grampian in Ellon and at the Aberdeen Sports Centre. The piloted classes are designed to encourage NHS patients with a range of different long term health conditions to exercise and lead a healthier more active life. The first step in this development programme is to recruit and train a group of 10 to 12 new exercise instructors and GCRA are prepared to sponsor the training of those instructors by paying their training fees. Initially successful applicants will train for the Level 4 qualification for Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Instructors as provided by The British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, which is a Level 4 course on the Register of Exercise Professionals. Thereafter, they will be further trained on an Otago Falls Prevention course and both of those courses will be run in Aberdeen during the late spring and summer. New instructors will also be provided with a defibrillator and trained in its use.

Exercise instructors in and around the NE of Scotland who hold a qualification at REP level 3 (or equivalent) and who have experience of leading adult exercise classes will be eligible to apply as a candidate for selection for the training programme. Application forms can be obtained by e-mail from either the GCRA Office via info@gcra.or.uk or from Bert Hosie, Secretary & Director of GCRA via b.hosie@gcra.org.uk.