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Feeling Good Weight Management

Information for Referrers


Background


The Feeling Good Weight Management service has been commissioned by the NHS West Sussex CCG – the former NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG. Sussex Medical Chambers has provided expert T3 weight management programmes since 2014. 


This new model has been developed in line with the latest NICE guidance and taking on board outcomes of research from the National Obesity Observatory


The Sussex Medical Chambers Feeling Good model is unique in its setup by delivering the vast majority of the programme direct to Patients into their own homes or place of work. 



The Model


The Feeling Good model is delivered by an established multi-disciplinary team, made up of the following professionals: 


  • Bariatric Physician
  • Specialist Dietitians
  • Psychologists
  • Physical Exercise Specialists
  • Health Advisers 
  • Primary Care Bariatric Specialists
  • Specialist Nurses



There are a number of pathways available for Patients depending on both their current health status and also their own choice of desired outcomes. The various pathways can be viewed by clicking on the link below. 




(pathways are currently being updated and will be made available here again soon, April 2020)


Making a Referral


Referrals are accepted onto the service if Patients meet the criteria as stated at the top of each Pathway and are registered to any one of the NHS West Sussex CCG – the former NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG GP practices. Unfortunately we are only commissioned to provide services in accordance to this criteria, if you wish to refer from outside these parameters please contact the CCG directly on 01903 708400 who may be able to assist. 


Please use the referral form which is available from the link below. It is very important for the form to be completed as much as possible to allow the MDT to commence with the Patients as quickly as possible. 




(currently being updated, April 2020)



Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Patients aged 18 or over who are registered with a NHS West Sussex CCG – the former NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG GP practice
  • Patients with a BMI ≥ 40 and no co-morbidities.
  • Patients with a BMI of 35 if you are diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, angina/MI, stroke/TIA, sleep apnoea.
  • Patients with a BMI of 30 if you are recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
  • Patients who are eligible for a hip/knee joint replacement but need to reduce their weight before surgery
  • Previous completion of community based weight management  programmes such as a Tier 2 (Wellbeing hubs), Weight Watchers or Slimming World.


Unfortunately you will not be able to join the programme if:  


  • You are not registered with an NHS West Sussex CCG – the former NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG GP practice 
  • Your are under the age of 18 years
  • Your BMI is less than 35
  • You have have been previously referred into the service and have left a pathway early/ disengaged from services, who are seeking to re-enter as a re-referral will not be eligible for any further funding. 



Referrer Information Sessions


The Feeling Good Team work in close collaboration with Referrers and further advice regarding the service or any particular referral can be obtained by calling 01903 503447. Alternatively, our team would be more than happy to visit you at your practice to offer a Service Information Session at a time that is convenient to you. In order to arrange this simply call Versha Talati (Lead Dietitian)- 01903 503447.