Those subject to multi-morbidities, social isolation and inequalities are more likely to be at risk of nutritional deficit and poor weight management (e.g. being underweight, obese or malnourished).
There are multiple resources for weight management and nutrition across NCL. Individual boroughs often have specific referral options; see below for further details. Please consider referrals to social prescribing link workers, and members of the wider workforce, with regard to a holistic assessment of weight management, diet and nutrition.
Covid-19 update (May 2020)
The NCL Joint Formulary Committee (JFC) has published guidance on managing patients who are receiving maintenance vitamin B12 injections during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The guidance provides specific advice for the following three patient groups:
- vitamin B12 deficiency not thought to be diet-related in patients without absorption issues
- vitamin B12 deficiency not thought to be diet-related in patients with absorption issues
- vitamin B12 deficiency thought to be diet-related.
NCL Diabetes and Weight Management Network
This network meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss projects, services and wider aspects of diabetes and weight management care for NCL residents. It has core representation from primary and secondary care, community teams (such as diabetes specialist nurses and dietetics), diabetes education teams, foot services and public health. The chairing of the network is shared between primary and secondary care. The network has a clinical advisory role and feeds into the NCL Long Term Condition Steering Group.
All clinicians working on diabetes are welcome to join the network meetings. If you have any queries or would like to attend please contact Dr Karl Roberts, GP and network co-chair (see Clinical Leads, left).
Mr Motivator Club GP referral programme
The Mr Motivator Club offers live Zoom classes with standing and sitting options three times a week, as well as access to a library of pre-recorded classes. Healthcare professionals can refer patients with a chronic condition who are not meeting the World Health Organisation (WHO) physical activity recommendations. Patients will pay a discounted fee of £1.99 per month (usually £6.99 per month) and have full access to the site including nutrition advice.
University College London (UCL) is performing a study about the experience. See Downloads for the full programme flyer and Vimeo for a video explaining how and why healthcare professionals should refer patients to the club.
Area specific guidance for Camden
Camden council offers community classes for older people, wellbeing walks and outdoor gyms for patients to access for free.
Information packs to help Camden residents find alternative support to get active or lose weight are available in Downloads.
Area specific guidance for Islington
Information packs to help Islington residents find alternative support to get active or lose weight are available in Downloads.
Area specific guidance for Barnet
See Downloads for a list of Barnet children and young people healthy weight management support services.