"We're one small piece of the puzzle": Evaluating the impact of short-term funding for tier two weight management services

BEAUMONT, Jordan, IOANNOU, Elysa, HARISH, Krishna, ELEWENDU, Nnedinma, CORRIGAN, Nicola and NIELD, Lucie (2024). "We're one small piece of the puzzle": Evaluating the impact of short-term funding for tier two weight management services. Frontiers in Public Health.

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Abstract

Introduction: Overweight and obesity are a global health epidemic and many attempts have been made to address the rising prevalence. In March 2021 the UK government announced £100 million of additional funding for weight management provisions. Of this, £30.5 million was split across local authorities in England to support the expansion of tier two behavioural weight management services for adults. The present work aimed to explore how this funding was used within the Yorkshire and Humber region to consolidate learning, collate best practice, and provide recommendations for future funding use. Method: One-hour semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 weight management service commissioners representing 9 of the 15 local authorities in the region. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using an established health inequality framework. From this, recommendations were co-developed with the commissioner group to establish best practice for future funding use. Results: Commissioners recognised that targeted weight management services were only one small piece of the puzzle for effectively managing obesity. Therefore, recommendations include targeting underserved communities, focussing on early prevention, addressing weight management in a whole systems context, and embracing innovative and holistic approaches to weight management. Discussion: Current short-term funding and restrictive commissioning processes of tier two services prevents sustainable and innovative weight management practice which is detrimental to patients, falls short of addressing health inequalities and negatively impacts staff health and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 4203 Health services and systems; 4206 Public health
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 10 May 2024 14:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33703

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