People in Hampshire have the opportunity to make their thoughts count in a survey about NHS specialist weight loss services. The online survey is particularly aimed at local people who have experience of losing weight, either personal or through any third parties (family members, friends) to help shape a specialist NHS weight loss service.
The online survey can be found on our website here: http://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/get-involved
Most people manage to lose weight with community support, like Slimming World or Weight Watchers but some people who have a high Body Mass Index (BMI) and other complex needs may need specialist help.
Next week is ‘JanUary Week’, previously known as National Obesity Awareness Week, which highlights ways to improve the nation’s health by promoting ways to live a healthier lifestyle. JanUary is led by the National Obesity Forum and promotes healthy living and ways to tackle obesity.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are the NHS organisations responsible for planning and buying healthcare services in your area. CCGs in Hampshire and Southampton are developing NHS services providing specialist clinical weight loss support, including specialist psychological help, and would like to hear your views and opinions to influence the development of this service.
Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG and local GP, said:
“I encourage people in west Hampshire who have experienced weight loss services to take part in the survey. Hearing about your experiences will help us to ensure we can put in place a specialist and appropriate weight loss service for the people who need it the most.
“We are working closely with local councils, GPs and the public to better understand our local communities and the support individuals need to help lose weight.
“Maintaining a healthy weight can improve both your physical and mental health. Obesity itself is associated with bowel cancer, breast cancer, endometrial, kidney and oesophageal cancers.”