The government recently highlighted the importance of being a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and the Register's positive impact on the health of the nation.
In its response to the House of Lords' report on the Olympic legacy and the nation's health, the Government stated that:
"Registration through REPS signifies that gym instructors meet minimum National Occupational Standards for the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to perform their specific role. For those delivering exercise referral, the required level of registration is determined by the clinical needs of the referral population. We would encourage all commissioners of exercise referral schemes to make the use of appropriately trained and qualified exercise professionals (and eventually compliance with the updated guidelines for exercise referral) a contractual requirement."
John Greenway President of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) highlighted the importance of the comments made by the Government:
"We welcome the Government's recognition of the qualification framework which REPs has established to facilitate exercise referral as a major contributor to improving health outcomes. We look forward to working with the Government to encourage an increased uptake of exercise referral to appropriately qualified REPs members".