Dr Charlotte Hilton has several years experience working with exercise referral schemes across the UK. Charlotte is a National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Stakeholder, has consulted with NICE on the development of Exercise Referral Policy Guidance (2014) and Individual approaches to Behaviour Change (2014) and was responsible for the development of the Exercise Referral Quality of Life Scale (ER-QLS).
The ER-QLS is a 22-item psychological measure of life-quality specifically designed for use in clinical exercise settings. The measure has demonstrated good reliability and validity and is able to detect change over time so that you can be confident of using the measure pre and post-intervention.
A number of schemes across the UK are already successfuly using the ER-QLS to help demonstrate the impact of their scheme upon key psychological indicators.
The ER-QLS is currently free of charge to use. If you would like to use the ER-QLS to help evaluate your scheme/intervention, please e-mail Charlotte@hiltonhealthconsultancy.com to request a copy with instructions for scoring and administration.
Exercise Referral Quality of Life Scale (ER-QLS) Scientific Publications:
Hilton, C. E., Trigg, R., & Minniti, A., (2015). Psychometric properties of the exercise referral quality of life scale (ER-QLS): a psychological measurement tool specifically for exercise referral. Health Psychology Open. doi:10.1177/2055102915590317 http://hpo.sagepub.com/content/2/2/2055102915590317.full.pdf+html
Hilton, C. E. (2015). The Importance of Pretesting Questionnaires: a Field Research Example of Cognitive Pretesting the Exercise referral Quality of Life Scale (ER-QLS) International Journal of Social Research Methodology doi: 10.1080/13645579.2015.1091640 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2015.1091640.