Read Prof Batterham’s report on weight management services and health

AHP representative, Prof Rachel Batterham, has produced an important report looking at how weight management services can improve health outcomes and we would encourage everyone to read this important work.

Executive Summary

Improving Health Through The Provision of Weight Management Services.1

It includes suggested steps to establish weight management services in a region 

1. Find out the degree of obesity in the local population. What is the need for and potential uptake of each Tier of the service?

2. Use the NICE local costing template to estimate initial and future expenditure. Enquire about funds available from NHS England and allocate budgets accordingly.

3. See what services are already available in the region and nationally. Many Tier 2 and exercise referral services are well-established and funded. These may contribute to a specialist Tier 3 weight management service with additional input.

4. Look at models for effective commissioning of Tier 3 and Tier 4 services. Work with your acute provider to commission effective services, ensuring appropriate pathways into bariatric surgery, enough theatre time and effective after-care with at least 2 years follow-up.

5. Identify a champion for obesity. This could be a lead physician or a commissioning champion.

6. Produce local primary care guidance to cover how to raise the issue of obesity with patients, what the local referral pathways are and what is required from GPs post-surgery.

7. Implement effective monitoring and evaluation of services, including contributing to national registries.

8. Liaise with other CCG regions. Explore existing commissioning policies and shared needs with regions of similar population demographics. This will be advantageous in achieving the economies of scale, sharing limited specialist resources and adhering to the IFSO guidelines for safety, quality and excellence in bariatric surgery.

Key IFSO date

BOMSS members – surgical teams / surgeons / AHPs – are encouraged to attend the
BOMSS ‘political session’ at IFSO 2017.
Metabolic Surgery: Evolution, Evaluation and Economics: Why is a safe cost-effective therapy for a deadly disease under-utilised?
Friday, 1 September, 8-9.30am
politicians and commissioners will attend and engage in the challenge to increase service provision in the NHS in all four home countries.
This is our chance to put the panelists on the spot as we raise the profile of surgery with a new NBSR data release.
Please come and lend your weight to this important session for BOMSS.