Supporting our NHS colleagues through a digital weight management programme for staff
This programme is part of a wider commitment in the Long Term Plan to help people living with obesity to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. GPs have already started referring patients to the NHS Digital Weight Management Programme and now, we are pleased to offer this same programme to NHS staff.
The programme provides online access to a 12-week weight management programme which is designed to be personally tailored to support you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. As a digital programme, it can be used anywhere, allowing you to complete the programme in your own time, at a pace that works for you.
There is never a better time to look after your wellbeing. Once you’re signed up to a programme, you will be guided through informative articles, nutrition and lifestyle advice as well as tips on incorporating regular, enjoyable physical activity and active travel into your life to help you achieve your goals. Support will be provided to overcome challenges and any setbacks you may come across.
It can be tough to make changes, but with this digital programme you can take control of your weight and help reduce the risk of ill health, all in your own time, at your own pace.
You can find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions.
Who is eligible?
Colleagues are eligible to register for this programme if:
- you are a member of staff working in the NHS (working in any role, including bank staff and staff on temporary contracts) with a valid NHS email address
- you are over 18 years of age
- you have a BMI of 30 or greater (this is lowered to 27.5 or greater for people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, as these groups are at an increased risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI)
To check your BMI, please use the national NHS BMI calculator (you will need to know your height and weight measurements in advance).
As the programme develops, our intention is to extend eligibility to anyone with a BMI of 25 or greater (or 23 or greater for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups) in the near future.
This programme can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access.
Whilst we understand that many colleagues may be interested in applying for this programme, please note that this programme will not be suitable for you if:
- you are pregnant
- you have an active eating disorder
- you have had bariatric surgery in the last 2 years
However, if you are not eligible for this programme at this time, there are still many support offers available to you to improve your health and wellbeing. Please visit NHS Better Health where you can find lots of free support and tools to help you improve your health and wellbeing.
How to join in 3 easy steps
- Make sure you have an NHS work email address that you can check regularly
We require a valid NHS email address to confirm you are an NHS worker and to make sure we can contact you to start the programme – all information will be kept confidential from your employer and workplace. If you don’t currently have an NHS email address, but are employed by the NHS, please contact your line manager to request this. We will be contacting you via this email address after registration so please do check your inbox (and junk mail) regularly.
- Complete the registration process
This will take no longer than 10 minutes. We will need some information from you in order to help find a service that suits you, including:
- Name and contact details
- Date of birth
- Height and weight
- Choose a service provider
Once successfully registered, you will be contacted via text message within 2 working days. This message will contain a link to a central platform from which you can access the list of available programmes. Please note that the link will expire in 48 hours.
On the central platform, a triage system will use automatically assign you to one of three levels of intervention based on the information you have provided. Within each assigned level, you will then be able to choose a service provider that you think will work best for you.
Please note that once you’ve been allocated a level and you have chosen a service provider, this cannot be changed.