Dietary Issues Explained

Weight Management:

A quick update on what is happening in regards to weight management issues for patients in Caswell Clinic. You may recall that, some time ago, a questionnaire was circulated to patients asking for views on weight issues and that the response clearly indicated that this was a cause of concern to many. Much has been happening behind the scenes to try to improve this, not least the drastic change in the standards and quality of food provided. Whilst this is certainly a step in the right direction, a recent review of patients┬┤ weight/body mass index demonstrates that we still have some way to go.

There are many factors that contribute to weight gain. Consequently, we need to develop a service-wide response at a strategic level if we are to get to grips with these issues. Discussions are ongoing in relation to this and I am optimistic that we can develop the right structures to support patients in weight management. An example of this is the impending appointment of a Sports and Fitness Co-ordinator to oversee the development of individual exercise programmes for patients. These are positive moves, but we need your support to make the case for services that will make a real difference

Simon Rogers.....Nurse Practitioner

Chat Issue Spring 2006

PART 2

I am pleased to say that we have been successful in our efforts to secure the services of a Senior Dietician to provide input to the Caswell Clinic.

Initially, we will receive two sessions per month, which will include direct patient contact, staff education and development of the post. It is hoped that in time, this post can expand to provide a greater level of input which will allow us to make significant inroads into the management of weight related issues. The post holders name is Donna Duncan and she has a broad range of experience which includes eating disorders.

I shall be meeting with Donna shortly to discuss the service provision to, if anyone has any view they would like me to raise, please feel free to contact me. I am confident that Donna will be an asset to our service so please try to make her feel welcome when she arrives

SimonR..... Nurse Practitioner

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