Obesity - elearning for healthcare
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  • Public Health England

About the Obesity programme

Obesity_Image2Obesity is an engaging elearning programme for practitioners in the NHS and local authorities working in weight management.

It was developed by the Department of Health Obesity Team in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare in 2010, and reviewed and updated in partnership with Public Health England in 2017.

The programme introduces obesity and its implications for health, provides a knowledge base on identification of unhealthy weight and risk factors for weight gain, managing obesity, and learning on guiding and enabling behaviour change.

The learning is relevant for a wide audience, including doctors, particularly foundation doctors, GP trainees and GPs, nurses and any NHS or local authority practitioner who encounters overweight or obese individuals.

Project team 2017

  • Jamie Blackshaw

    Jamie Blackshaw

    Obesity and Healthy Weight Team, Public Health England
  • Penny Blair

    Penny Blair

    Obesity and Healthy Weight Team, Public Health England
  • Elaine Boylan

    Elaine Boylan

    Obesity and Healthy Weight Team, Public Health England
  • Lisa Thompson

    Lisa Thompson

    Obesity and Healthy Weight Team, Public Health England
  • Patricia Howe

    Patricia Howe

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

Project team 2010

  • Julia Moore OBE

    National Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rosie Taylor and Deborah Moir

    Rosie Taylor and Deborah Moir

    Clinical Project Leads, Obesity Team, Department of Health
  • Katherine Thompson

    Katherine Thompson

    Author, Obesity Team, Department of Health
  • Eddie Watkins

    Eddie Watkins

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Profile picture of content editor Victoria Winlow

    Victoria Winlow

    Platform Consultant, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Obesity programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Obesity programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Obesity programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Obesity programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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