COVID-19 Rehabilitation Programme

What is the COVID-19 Rehabilitation Programme?

The programme is a blend of physical and emotional support designed to help an ever-growing number of people who are finding it difficult to recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

We’re offering the programme free to participants. As the UK’s largest healthcare charity, working to build a healthier nation, we recognise there’s an unmet need to support people with rehabilitation after contracting the virus.

Our range of experts means we can offer you personalised advice to help you with your rehabilitation, while supporting you on your journey back to good health and wellbeing. The programmes include topics such as, coping with fatigue, managing breathlessness, anxiety and low mood, improving sleep and eating for recovery.

So far results have shown an improvement in the common symptoms of long COVID, specifically a reduction in breathlessness and anxiety levels, and an improvement in fitness levels and overall quality of life.

How does the programme work?

  • The programme runs for 12 weeks and is led by our Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Each programme will have 10 participants
  • Weeks 16 are completed virtually at home
  • Weeks 712 take place at your Fitness and Wellbeing Centre
  • Each week, the programme will include:
    • 1-2-1 call with your Rehabilitation Specialist
    • Exercises sessions
    • Emotional wellbeing focus

Is the programme for you?

If, while recovering from COVID-19, you’re experiencing any of the below symptoms, then this programme is here to help you:

  • Fatigue, muscle pain and weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety and low mood
  • Memory loss
  • Sleep problems
  • Generally, not being able to do the activities or return to the lifestyle you had pre-illness.

What does the programme involve?

Triage call

Once referred, you’ll be sent a questionnaire before having a video call with a Nuffield Health Chartered Physiotherapist to better understand your medical history, including COVID-19 and the severity of your persisting symptoms.

This triage call is to make sure the programme is appropriate for your needs. If we don’t think the programme is suitable for your needs, we’ll signpost you to the appropriate NHS programmes. If suitable, the physiotherapist will set your goals and tailored programme, which will be delivered by a Rehabilitation Specialist. 

Weeks 1–6 

The first half of the programme is self-managed. You’ll use our COVID-19 Rehabilitation Journal to set goals around physical activities, emotional wellbeing and nutrition.

You’ll also have access to our online information hub where you’ll find:

  • guided self-management techniques
  • online webinars for sleep, worry, anxiety and breathing techniques
  • our virtual rehabilitation classes focusing on low-level exercises – these are guided by ongoing monitoring of your symptoms including breathlessness and fatigue levels, as well as specific outcome measures identified by you and your Rehabilitation Specialist.

Weeks 7–12

For the second half of the programme, you’ll continue your journal activities and still have access to the online information hub, but rehabilitation classes will be in person at your local Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre. You’ll attend these structured, guided classes with fellow participants of the programme in a socially distanced, clean and COVID-secure setting.

Previous participants said that these face-to-face classes helped them feel reassured and supported, knowing that they aren’t alone in their COVID-19 recovery journey.

How can you take part in the programme?

If you have had a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, you can apply for the programme by completing an application form. As weeks 7–12 of the programme are delivered at the gym, you will need to be able to travel to your local Fitness & Wellbeing Gym.

We’re expanding our programme to reach more people across the UK. And will be launching further programmes in April 2021. 

Applications for this centre are now open

  • Barbican
  • Birmingham Rubery
  • Bolton
  • Bromley
  • Chelmsford
  • Chesterfield
  • Chichester
  • Chingford
  • Crawley
  • Cwmbran
  • Derby
  • Didsbury
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Omni
  • Farnborough
  • Farnham
  • Glasgow Central
  • Glasgow West End
  • Gloucester
  • Harrogate
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Hertford
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester Printworks
  • Merton Abbey
  • Milton Keynes
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Plymouth (Barbican and Devonshire)
  • Sheffield
  • Shipley
  • Stoke
  • Wandsworth
  • Wimbledon
  • Wolverhampton

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These programmes are currently full

  • Aylesbury - programme full
  • Birmingham Central - programme full
  • Bridgend - programme full
  • Bristol Clifton - programme full
  • Cannock - programme full
  • Chester - programme full
  • East Kilbride - programme full
  • Edinburgh Fountain Park - programme full
  • Gosforth - programme full
  • Ilford - programme full
  • Oxford - programme full
  • Preston - programme full
  • Rugby - programme full