Weight management services / referrals - July 2021 to March 2022:
The aim from 2021 is to ensure that everyone living with Obesity is offered support for weight loss via NHS funded weight management services.
Despite Obesity being a recognised risk factor for the development of several long-term conditions and serious illness with COVID-19, there is evidence that the numbers of people identified by general practice as living with Obesity have fallen during the pandemic.
We aim to develop and implement a proactive approach to the identification of patients living with obesity, which is fit for purpose in a world of virtual consultations and empowers patients to actively provide and update their records with this information. For the purpose of this service Obesity is defined as a BMI ≥ 30 or ≥ 27.5 for those of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups;
We aim to engage with individual patients living with Obesity and to refer patients who are ready to make behavioural changes to appropriate weight management programmes.
We will support our staff with training on lifestyle & weight management whereby they will be able to signpost patients to relevant services / make referrals as appropriate with patient consent. Patients can also provide us with information on their weight, BMI and other self-reportable health information; our staff will then ensure your record is updated & engage with patients making individual assessments on a patients readiness to engage with weight management services.
NHS Support websites:
NHS Weight Loss Plan:
NHS Weight Loss Plan App:
NHS Calorie Checker: