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Priorities for healthy weight management in England - primary care interventions, innovative patient support, and the role of industry and technology

Morning, Wednesday, 9th September 2020

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss the priorities for healthy weight management in England.

Key areas for discussion:

  • Primary care - priorities for lifestyle management support including identifying those most at risk, increasing personalised care and effective patient engagement, and staff training and confidence;
  • Integrating support services across local health systems - resource sharing, addressing variation of care in local areas, and utilising population health methods;
  • Childhood weight - developing online resources and local authority, school, community services and third sector strategies to support children and their families;
  • Public information - what can be learned from past public health campaigns and how they can inform messages on weight management and obesity;
  • Innovation - accessibility and usability for patients, maintaining access to support during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring the safety of the patient and the data provided;
  • The weight loss and food and drink industries - and their role in supporting safe management of healthy weight;
  • The NHS Health Check Review - increasing uptake and more personalised interventions from the service, and its role in early identification of those requiring guidance and prevention; and
  • Health inequalities - with discussion expected on:
    • improving access to weight management support in deprived areas and across society, and
    • developing population health methods to prevent people from falling through the net.
  • Lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic, looking at:
    • harnessing increased awareness of health risks posed by obesity, with it being highlighted as a key risk factor alongside diabetes for more severe COVID-19 symptoms for individuals, and
    • how this can feed into policy, practice and public health messaging into the future.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • The recent call by the Prime Minister for increased intervention in tackling obesity following it having been highlighted as a key risk factor for coronavirus patients;
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies’s independent Time to solve childhood obesity report citing the importance of advice by health professionals to families around weight in obesity prevention;
  • Healthier weight and diets prioritised in Public Health England’s strategy for 2020-25;
  • The recent parliamentary The Health of the Nation: A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives report calling for a drive to prevent conditions associated with obesity in supporting longer healthy life; and
  • Widening health inequalities and the geographical variance identified in Marmot Review 10 Years On and the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrating the impact of inequality variance across England.

The agenda:

  • Delivering goals within the healthy weight management policy context;
  • Opportunities for improving interventions and quality of advice in primary care settings;
    • Delivering personalised, accessible and quality advice to patients;
    • Training the healthcare workforce to improve weight management guidance; and
    • Integrating healthy weight management across local health systems.
  • Approaches to supporting children and families access healthy weight guidance;
  • A case study on the strategies for school children to achieve a healthy weight in Leeds;
  • Lessons in changing behaviour from successful public health campaigns;
  • Innovation and service user support - technology access and usability, safety and data protection, and the roles of industry, local community services and employers in population health; and
  • Moving forward with prevention, reducing health inequalities and improving the impact of population health.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

This one seems no different. Places have been reserved by officials from Defra; HM Treasury and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Professor Maggie Rae

President, Faculty of Public Health

Siobhan O’Mahony

Nutritionist and School Food Advisor, Health and Wellbeing Service, Leeds City Council

Susannah Howard

ICS Programme Director, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS)

Jane Flint

Programme Lead, National Programmes, Population Health, Prevention and Maternity, Health Education England


Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity


Zoe Griffiths

Global Director of Nutrition, WW (formally Weight Watchers)

Dr Neel Basudev

GP Principal and Diabetes Lead, Lambeth CCG

Dr Helen Flaherty

Head of Health Promotion, Heart Research UK