Call to pay practices for management of obesity

Obesity management needs more than another set of DoH guidelines, claim experts who say funding is required to meet demand.

Pay practices for obesity management
Pay practices for obesity management

The call follows publication of a commissioning tool kit for obesity put together by the DoH, the National Heart Forum and the Faculty of Public Health.

The tool kit says evidence shows benefits from behavioural psychologists training GPs in obesity management.

Under local action plans, GP practices may have to hold clinical audit meetings on obesity management with all their members of staff every three months.

By the second year, practices should have an agreed protocol for management of obese and overweight patients. This could include criteria for exercise on referral and motivational counselling.

GPs should also be able to set up a register of patients who are overweight or obese and have a greater than 3 per cent annual risk of a cardiovascular event, according to the tool kit.

But Dr David Haslam, Hertfordshire GP and clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, said the tool kit adds little to what GPs know about obesity management.

'It's just adding more and more to the frameworks without helping us to implement them.'

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