The NHS Weight Management National Enhanced Service aims to support practices to develop a proactive approach to the identification and support of patients with obesity (defined by this Enhanced Service as BMI at least 30, or at least 27.5 if Black, Asian, or other ethnic minority groups).
To support the requirements of the enhanced service, Ardens has the following resources available.
Weight Management Protocol
An alert will display in the pink QOF alert box if the patient is eligible for referral under the Weight Management Enhanced Service. Please note, patients are eligible for referral if they have not been referred this fiscal year (even if they have been referred prior to 1/4/2023).
Weight Management and Obesity Template
The 'Weight Management and Obesity' clinical template includes a summary of this Enhanced Service and allows clinicians to code when a referral is made.
To locate the template, access the relevant patient record. Open a new consultation and select the Run Template option (alternatively select the Add > Data Using Template option outside of a consultation).
Search 'Weight' using the search field provided in the Template Picker screen, to return the template.
Double click on the template to launch.
The National Contracts page includes data fields to capture the patients height, weight and BMI, and ensures you are recording acceptable referral code for the Enhanced Service (the definition for obesity for this enhanced service is BMI of at least 30 or at least 27.5 for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups).
Weight Management ES Searches
Searches are available to support practices in identifying eligible patients for a referral. Further information on how to locate the searches can be accessed in the following support article
Digital Weight Management Referral
An EMIS version of the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme referral form is available. To locate document, access the relevant patient care record and click on Add > Document > Create Letter options on the EMIS ribbon.
This will launch the New Patient Letter screen, click on the magnify glass to search for the document.
Using the search field, type in 'Digital', this will return the 'NHS+I Digital Weight Management Programme (DWMP)' form.
Double click to launch the document.
This document will populate the patients relevant details, further tick boxes and text fields are available where appropriate.
Once the document is completed, click on the File icon (yellow folder) to Save and Close back to the patient record.
If referring via eRS, continue with the normal process and attach the document via Clinical Content.