Changing Tier 3 specialist weight management services in Leeds

Lead: Leeds Office of the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB in Leeds)

Partners: Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Period: 9th Oct 2023 - 22nd Dec 2023

This project is reviewing and redesigning Tier 3 specialist weight management services in Leeds

Brief description of project

Leeds’ Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management service is delivered by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH). The service offers support for adults with severe and complex obesity. The service currently offers a 12–18 month programme for people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or for people with a BMI of 35, with one or more health conditions.

The service was originally designed for around 250 new referrals a year but is currently receiving significantly more new referrals. On 15 July 2023, it was agreed to pause new referrals into the service while the service is redesigned.

As part of this review, we wanted to understand what matters to people delivering and referring into the service.

Who did we speak to?

We received 34 survey responses from a range of staff including GPs, nurses and prescribers:

  • Ten surveys from staff working in the service.
  • 22 surveys from staff referring into the service.
  • Two surveys from ‘other’ respondents.

What and how did we ask?

We asked people to tell us about their experiences about working in, or referring people into the specialist weight management service. People shared their views using an online survey.

What did people tell us?

Most respondents felt that more work was needed to improve referral processes and information and communications with patients, and wider stakeholders.

You can read a brief report on what people told us here:

Report on staff and referrer responses to an online survey (oct-dec2023) (microsoft word)

What are we doing?

We are using the feedback from the survey to help redesign the Tier 3 weight management service. A decision on the future of the service and its redesign is due during 2024.

How can you help?

We can’t improve health and care in Leeds without everyone’s help. You can find information on opportunities to stay fit and healthy in Leeds by clicking on the Active Leeds link: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/active-leeds-health

Get in touch

If you have any questions, you can email Caroline at [email protected]

Resources:

Analysis of Friends and Family test

Analysis of Friends and Family Test responses (442KB)

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Analysis of Friends and Family Test responses (microsoft word)

Insight report

Insight report (272KB)

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Insight report (microsoft word)

 

Redesigning Leeds Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management Service survey (microsoft word)

 

 

 

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