The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health.  

The NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is a 12-week online behavioural and lifestyle programme. People can access it via a smartphone or computer with internet access. 

 

Why is this programme important?

Obesity is a serious health concern which increases the risk of many other health conditions. For example, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems, mental health problems, and some cancers. There is also evidence to suggest that people living with obesity are at higher risk of more severe outcomes associated with COVID-19.

The programme offers three different levels of support, including human coaching for groups who may be less likely to complete behavioural and lifestyle change programmes, with the aim of reducing health inequalities. This includes those of younger (working) age, people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, men, and people living in more deprived communities. 

The online programme provides an alternative way of accessing weight management support. In the context of COVID-19, it means people can complete it whilst social distancing is in place.

Who can access the programme?

The programme offers free, online access to weight management services for those who have a BMI greater than 30 and who also have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both. The BMI threshold will be lower at 27.5 for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, as we know people from these ethnic backgrounds are at an increased risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI.  

The programme is only available to people with a smartphone or computer with internet access.

Local Authority’s may offer weight management services that may be more appropriate if the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is not suitable.

Contact us

If you are a participant on the programme and have a query, please contact your GP practice. NHS England and NHS Improvement will not be able to refer you to the programme or answer individual questions about suitability. 

If you have any other general questions about the programme, please email: england.wmp-prevention@nhs.net

 

You can read the patient leaflet here

 

Eligibility criteria

Patients should be 18 years or over and with a BMI of over 30 or BMI over 27.5 if you are BAME

Exclusion criteria

Severe/moderate frailty

Pregnant

Active eating disorder

Had bariatric surgery in the last 2 years

 

If you fit the criteria and are interested in being referred into the programme please make a telephone appointment with our Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant. You MUST have an up to date weight and height measurement for referral.