Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Skills Development Programme: Weight Management.


Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Skills Development Programme: Weight Management 
The obesity rates for adults and children in Barking and Dagenham are amongst the highest in the country. Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group has commissioned Public Health Action Support Team (PHAST) to design and develop a primary care weight management skills development programme. The aim of the clinical development programme is to establish a clear understanding of the identification and management of overweight and obese patients of all ages in primary care settings and support more coherent primary care management of weight issues for children and adults.

PHAST have developed the following set of evidenced-based training modules:
1) Aetiology of obesity, national and local context, referral pathways and weight management programmes
2) Assessment and classification of obesity (e.g. recording height, weight, body mass index, centile charts for children, waist circumference and comorbidities)
3) Physical activity and exercise for weight management
4) Raising the issue and talking about weight with patients, and assessing and harnessing motivation to change
5) Nutrition and diet for weight management
6) Pharmacotherapy for weight loss

All six modules cover adult, child and maternal obesity. As part of the training delivery programme, PHAST are offering three different training approaches to allow primary care staff to choose the most appropriate method based on their needs and availability. The primary method of delivery is face-to-face training (see training schedule)

1) All 6 modules in one full day (7.5 hours)
2) Three modules in ½ day afternoon/evening sessions (4.5 hours)
3) Interactive e-learning videos are also being developed for each of the 6 modules.

These will be available 24 hours a day via the council’s website from September 2013 Delegates can choose which modules are most appropriate for them and choose whether to attend face-to-face or e-learning sessions. Whichever method of learning chosen, all delegates receive a certificate and qualifies for CPD points.

Target audience: The training day is primarily aimed at frontline staff who work with adults, children or women (antenatal and postnatal) who are above a healthy weight or at risk of becoming overweight or obese. This includes GPs, practice nurses, health care assistants, pharmacists, school nurses, health visitors and midwives (not an exhaustive list).

Training schedule: Thurs, 25th July 2013: All 6 modules – full day of training *
 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) Thurs, 19th Sept 2013: Modules 1,2, 3 – ½ day training * (1.00 – 6.00 pm) Fri, 4th October 2013: All 6 modules – full day of training * (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) Thurs 17th Oct: Modules 4, 5, 6 – ½ day training * (1.00 – 6.00 pm) Interactive e-learning: Please complete booking form to receive further information to access interactive e-learning videos from September 2013 * Lunch/Refreshments to be provided.

Course delivered by: Hannah Pheasant, Arlene van Tonder, Tamsin Owen, Tracy Taylor

To book a place on one of the free training dates, please register with your contact details and return the booking form below to Marion Deacon by email (

For more information please contact: Marion Deacon on 07951 136461 or email

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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