Including Emotional Support in Weight Management Services
Weight Management Services are a big part of the NHS Get Better Strategy. However, they only address the metric weight of a patient. Emotional support is needed to help the patient understand the potential underlying reasons for their situation. Only through a joint emotional and physical approach to weight management can patients’ be supported to make healthier decisions.
Improving Weight Management Referrals
Obesity is a major public health issue in the UK. Nearly two thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. A common treatment plan for obesity is to refer the patient to a weight management programme, though many physicians are reluctant to do this. Improving referral skills should help build the confidence clinicians need to aid patients in joining weight management programmes.
Liverpool City Council: Promoting Better Sexual Health Services for Women
Liverpool is England’s 6th largest city with a population of 498,048. The population has risen by 12.6% since 2009. There are areas of deprivation with high teenage pregnancy rates, as well as high abortion rates. We heard from Liverpool City Council about their current women’s sexual health strategy through the distributions of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) and the development of Women’s Health Hubs.