Weight Management and Nutrition

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Covid-19 update

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.

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.

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 north central London 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 right).

Weight loss 

For weight loss interventions please see the Weight Management enhanced service page, which summarises current resources and includes borough-specific infographics of available local services.

Nutrition and dietetics

Individual boroughs may have different providers for support with nutrition, including community service and secondary care clinics. Current services are listed below, including paediatric and adult referral options. Eating disorder services are also available across NCL. Signposting and support is likely to be available through local community mental health teams. Referral information is available on the service pages.

Gluten-free prescribing resources

GP template letter regarding changes to gluten-free prescribing and items that can be ordered (Word)

Maximum monthly gluten-free units GPs should prescribe (PDF)

Area specific guidance for Camden

There are community classes for older people, health walks and outdoor gyms available for patients to access for free. 

Information packs to help Camden and Islington residents find alternative support to get active or lose weight are available from the Downloads.

Area specific guidance for Islington

Information packs to help Camden and Islington residents find alternative support to get active or lose weight are available from the Downloads section.

Weight loss interventions are summaries within the weight management page of the NCL website. These include national resources (such as the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme), regional (such as the low-calorie diet service) and borough specific (such as the Slimming World service). 

Nutrition and dietetics support is provided by 'Whittington Health's Nutrition and Dietetics Community Service'. Further information is available on their website, including the option for patient self-referral. 

See below for further borough-specific referral options, including those for children and young people. 


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Dr Karl Roberts

NCL Wide

Co-Chair of the NCL Diabetes and Weight Management Clinic Network

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Review date: Thursday, 01 December 2022