1. Executive summary
Ladies Blackpool4life and Men Blackpool4life is a new proposed group weight management programme extended from the wellness service in Blackpool. It is a 12week group weight management programme with follow ups (drop in sessions or other ways of communications) at 6 months and 18 months. The dietitian will also offer additional support and motivation via phone calls, support groups and text messages. The service will be designed for overweight and obese patients (who are at the greatest risk in Blackpool) and each session will be gender specific to improve outcomes. It will be a multidisciplinary and integrated service including one hour of interactive dietetic advice delivered by band 5 dietitian followed by one hour…show more content… Option 2 was chosen as it was the only option which would improve service outcomes, meet the Heathy Weight Strategy for Blackpool, meet NHS planning framework, National Skills Framework and current NICE guidelines.
The expected outcomes for this service are a weight reduction of 5-10% weight per participant with weight maintenance, reduced waiting times, reduced the high levels of high ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA), reduce health inequalities in Blackpool and a reduction in obesity associated health condition. Overall this will contribute to a reduction of cost and burden to the health social care. The programme costing £82.5 per person is considered cost effective according to NICE (2014b) as it is less than £100 per person.
2. Current service
Statistics show there were 140 500 people in Blackpool in 2014 with a large number of older people (over 65 years) which is predicted to increase in the next 20 years (JSNA, 2014). Table 1 describes the population profile compared to England and Wales. It shows a mainly white ethnic population with a high rate of obesity and poor lifestyle choices. The life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and disability fee expectancy is the lowest in England which is an indicator of poor health. There is a high disability rate in Blackpool (9.9%) which is twice the national average. There is also a higher learning disability prevalence in Blackpool (Blackpool Council, 2013).