Quality statement 5: Raising awareness of lifestyle weight management programmes

Quality statement

Children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers as appropriate, are given information about local lifestyle weight management programmes.

Rationale

Actively raising the possibility of participation in a local lifestyle weight management programme will help to increase the use of these programmes by children and young people identified as being overweight or obese.

Quality measures

Structure

Evidence of written protocols and local arrangements for healthcare professionals and other professionals to give information about local lifestyle weight management programmes to children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers (as appropriate).

Data source: Local data collection.

Process

Proportion of children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers as appropriate, who are given information about local lifestyle weight management programmes.

Numerator – the number in the denominator who are given information about local lifestyle weight management programmes.

Denominator – the number of children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers as appropriate.

Data source: Local data collection.

Outcome

Number of children and young people enrolling in lifestyle weight management programmes.

Data source: Local data collection.

What the quality statement means for healthcare professionals, other professionals who work with children and young people, and commissioners

Healthcare professionals (such as GPs, dietitians, pharmacists, health visitors, school nurses and staff involved in the National Child Measurement Programme) and other professionals who work with children and young people (such as youth workers, social workers and pastoral care workers, and those who work in schools, colleges, early years organisations, children's centres and looked‑after children's teams) ensure that they provide information about local lifestyle weight management programmes to children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers (as appropriate).

Commissioners (such as NHS England, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities) ensure that healthcare professionals, and other professionals who work with children and young people, provide information about local lifestyle weight management programmes to children and young people identified as being overweight or obese, and their parents or carers (as appropriate).

What the quality statement means for children and young people and their parents or carers

Children and young people identified as being overweight or obese (and their parents or carers, as appropriate) are given information about local lifestyle weight management programmes, including an explanation of what the programmes involve and how to take part.

Definitions of terms used in this quality statement

Information about local lifestyle weight management programmes

This information should explain what these programmes involve and how people can take part (including whether or not they can self‑refer). [Adapted from NICE guideline PH47, recommendation 7]

Lifestyle weight management programme

Lifestyle weight management programmes focus on diet, physical activity and behaviour change to help people who are overweight or obese. They are usually based in the community and may be run by the public, private or voluntary sector. [Adapted from NICE guideline PH47]

Other professionals who work with children and young people

These professionals include youth workers, social workers and pastoral care workers, as well as those who work in schools, colleges, early years organisations, children's centres and looked‑after children's teams. [NICE guideline PH47, recommendation 7]