MidCentral District Health Board is committed to continuing the former UCOL U-Kinetics supervised exercise programme which is due to finish at the end of December.
We are currently working toward putting in a long term solution. But in the meantime we have an interim solution.
UCOL decided not to renew its contract with MDHB after a review earlier this year. However, MDHB would like to see the service continue and is in the process of finalising an interim service that will run from January to the end of June 2018. It will be provided by two of the existing staff from U-Kinetics, which will provide good continuity.
The interim service will provide a 12-week supervised programme based on the existing model for those who are currently on the waitlist, and who still clinically require a supervised exercise programme.
As at 2 August there were 142 people on the waitlist– 100 referred by GPs, and 42 referred by the DHB. Since then there have been 10 new referrals. The waitlist will be prioritised in conjunction with the DHB’s cardiology, respiratory and diabetes specialists. Triaged referrals will be passed on to the new interim providers, who will then make contact, and enrol people in the programme.
It is expected that some clients on the waitlist will no longer need a supervised exercise programme, due to improvements in their health, or overall fitness. These clients will be referred on to other physical activity services – like the Central PHO Physical Activity Educator service, or the Sport Manawatu Green Prescription service- to help maintain their improvements.
From a patient and community perspective there will be two noticeable changes – a name change, and change of venue – although the service will continue to run in Palmerston North.
The U-Kinetics brand belongs to UCOL, as such the interim service and a future service will be renamed initially to ‘MidCentral Kinetics –formerly known as U-Kinetics.’
The change of venue has been needed because the present property is unavailable, so a new venue is still being sourced.
MDHB acknowledges the support of UCOL through this period of change. In particular, UCOL has agreed to lease the gym equipment to the DHB for a six-month period to enable the interim service to get up and running.
Long term, a tender process will be held to procure a new service.
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945