How obesity is putting pressures on the NHS

  • 29% of adults are classified as obese
  • 20% of year 6 children are classified as obese
  • Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980
  • 10,660 hospital admissions are directly attributable to obesity
  • Being overweight is linked to many chronic and severe medical conditions putting a huge financial burden on the NHS
  • The NHS spent an estimated £6.1bn on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014/15, with costs expected to rise to £9.7bn by 2050

 

The solution

A weight management service that uses simple technology.

The Health Call Weight Management Programme, designed by clinicians, aims to help overweight patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Our weight management programme allows healthcare professionals to remotely monitor their patient’s progress, and provide support when needed.

The patient can choose to be contacted through either a landline or mobile telephone, where they’ll be called at a pre-agreed time. Here they will be asked questions around their general well-being and will be asked to record their weight.  The patient uses their telephone keypad to answer questions and record their weight.

Our technology then assesses the patient’s weight and BMI. If readings fall outside of a pre-agreed parameter, alerts can be set up to make contact with the patient.

Readings are then able to flow into leading GP systems, meaning that the data inputted by the patient can flow straight into their patient record, enabling clinicians to have access to the most up-to-date information for every patient.

Similar to our other award winning services in undernutrition and INR, this service uses simple technology that both patients and staff can easily use. This technology allows healthcare professionals to remotely monitor their patient’s progress, and provide support when needed.

The benefits of the weight management service

  • Improved clinical outcomes – Empowering the patient to manage and monitor their own health can enable them to identify cause and effect. NHS Health Call supports patients to understand their health meaning patients feel better cared for.
  • Properly informed decision making – Clinicians have instant access to patient data. The data the patient inputs can flow straight into leading GP systems. This means that healthcare professionals can make better-informed decisions around the care of their patients.
  • Cost savings – Remote monitoring reduces the need for patients to travel to GP surgeries and take up appointments. Our service allows patients to take charge of their own health, meaning resource savings can be realised.
  • Improved efficiency – Remotely monitoring patients frees up the capacity of healthcare professionals, and allows resources to be used more effectively. Essentially, adopting this digital health solution means that more patients can be monitored using the same resources, without compromising on quality.

Testimonials

It's easy to use and when my weight differs I get a phone call

Resources

Read how our weight management programme can remotely monitor healthy weight management at scale.

Weight Management Leaflet

Healthy Weight Management Brochure

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