About Westbank Cancer Rehabilitation Programme

We have been delivering our Westbank Cancer Rehabilitation Programme since 2015; working with participants who have received a cancer diagnosis or are recovering from cancer.

Based on evidence from CanRehab[1], our programme aims to help participants understand the best level of exercise to regain or improve their energy levels and improve strength. This enables participants effective management of fatigue, increased confidence and improved ability to maintain their daily activities. 

Our structured programme consists of circuit-based group exercise. In line with GOV guidelines. Participants join in the same exercise simultaneously; as restrictions are eased, the programme will change with participants eventually moving around the room in a circuit to each exercise station. For those who need more stability, a highback chair is provided. This programme targets general strength and flexibility and rebuilds endurance through cardiovascular, lower and upper body exercises.

Meet our rehabilitation team

Our team of dedicated professionals are committed to empowering people to move more, feel better and recover. This programme is delivered by Rob Amor, our Level 4 cancer rehabilitation specialist instructor, who has over six years of experience.

Programme pathway

21 sessions over 10 weeks

  1. Receipt of referral from GP/medical professional/self-referral form
  2. Induction 1:1 (30minutes): Participant review assessment to check health status and suitability, with blood pressure taken
  3. Session 1 (60minutes): Introduction to the course and simple fitness test
  4. Sessions 2 to 19 (60minutes): Progressive group exercise programme and focused discussion
  5. Final session (60minutes): Exit fitness assessment, signposting on ways to continue exercising, follow-on exercise classes, gym sessions and online platform

Commitment

We ask all participants to:

  • Commit to attending the full 10 week (21 session) programme
  • To engage with the process of gradual, incremental improvement
  • To share feedback and ask questions throughout the programme
  • Not to exercise beyond their levels of fitness, taking into account their medical status, disability or injury

Our rehabilitation team will commit to:

  • Offering a regression/progression-based programme of exercise to enable us to tailor participants exercise according to their needs
    and abilities
  • Helping participants to manage their exercise intensity and volume to maximise the benefits of exercise while also maximising safety
  • Ensuring that our team are suitably qualified to deliver population-specific exercise interventions

Online support:

  • Exercise and nutrition tracker, on demand virtual workouts and group-specific online community area to allow idea sharing and peer support

Cost

£4 a session (10-week programme/20 sessions plus induction). 

£80 paid in full at the induction assessment. A payment plan is available; please speak to the team to discuss options.

Location

Westbank, Farm House Rise, Exminster, EX6 8AT

Facilities include free parking, changing facilities, showers and refreshments.*

*Inline with government guidelines, our changing facilities, showers and community café are currently closed.

Inclusion criteria

  • Clinical diagnosis of cancer; or 
  • At one of the following stages of the cancer journey:
    • Pre-treatment
    • Undergoing treatment
    • Post-treatment
  • 16 years and over
  • Ability to access the programme independently or with support from

Exclusion Criteria

  • Unstable angina
  • Systolic blood pressure >180 and/or diastolic blood pressure >100
  • BP drop >20mmHG demonstrated during ETT
  • Resting tachycardia >100bpm
  • Uncontrolled atrial or ventricular arrhythmias
  • Unstable or acute heart failure
  • Unstable diabetes
  • Febrile illness
  • Any rapidly progressing terminal illness
  • Experience pain, dizziness or excessive breathlessness during exertion
  • Symptomatic severe aortic stenosis
  • Acute pulmonary embolus or pulmonary infarction
  • Suspected or known dissecting aneurysm
  • Any unstable, or uncontrolled condition
  • Acute or uncontrolled psychiatric condition
  • Acute myocarditis or pericarditis
  • A recent significant change in a resting ECG, myocardial infarction within the last 12 months or any acute cardiac event.
  • Not Compliant with prescribed medication
  • Unable to communicate and/ or behave appropriately enough to participate in a group setting
  • Unable or unwilling to commit to the full programme

How to refer

Medical professionals can refer via our referral form or for more information or to receive a referral form please email [email protected] 

Individuals can join the programme by contacting the team on t: 01392 824752 or e: [email protected] 

Following the programme

Upon completing the Exercise after Stroke Rehabilitation programme, our instructor will suggest which of our other exercise programmes could be suitable. All suggestions made are based on the capability and circumstances of the individual.

In some circumstances, exercise options could include:

  • Better balance class, circuits gold, silver circuits and core and stretch

"I was referred to Westbank by Force Cancer Support to try and regain strength after months of cancer treatment. The sessions were excellent and the instructor thoroughly supportive, especially for someone who had never used a gym and found them intimidating places. It was relaxed, I could work at my own pace and set my own goals. I was a confirmed couch potato before my referral but I’ve been a member ever since!" Nikki Cann, participant

SOURCE

[1]http://canrehab.co.uk