Obesity Support Worker
Aims and objectives of service
The aims of this service are to reduce obesity in adults and children through family-based education and to reduce the risk of long term conditions through dietary and lifestyle advice.
The service promotes a healthier lifestyle through healthier eating and regular exercise, leading to increased life expectancy, which is currently below the national average in some areas of Nottingham.
The service offers advice and support to adults registered with Robin Hood Cluster GP Practice who are obese or are not a healthy weight.
The service will work closely with Healthy Change to signpost patients to locally commissioned healthy lifestyle services. Patients are referred to a named obesity support worker who will review the patient’s current weight, weight history and lifestyle. Advice is targeted to take into account, ethnicity, sex, disability and income level in order to keep it relevant to the patient. The support worker works in partnership with the patient and their family to develop an individual patient plan and support them in achieving their goals.
Referral to Healthy Change, made in agreement with the patient, gives them access to a wide range of services including Slimming World, diabetes education service and exercise programmes.
The service offers follow up appointments both in community clinic locations and in the patient’s home to encourage and inspire progress with their individual plans. The service uses ‘motivational interviewing’ techniques to encourage and support a positive and optimistic approach to lifestyle change.
The service also helps patients to be more aware of ‘lapses’ and ‘high risk’ situations, which may lead to unhealthy behaviours and support them in developing ‘if-then’ coping strategies to overcome such events.
People who are registered with a Robin Hood Cluster General Practitioner.