Physio staff encouraged to take part in healthier weight competency framework feedback

Health Education England have commissioned a healthier weight competency framework which aims to describe the competencies that health and care staff need in order to fulfil their role to promote a healthier weight.  

'The link between a raised BMI and the development of long term conditions is well established.'

The framework is for commissioners, managers and everyone who interacts with members of the public. 

This includes frontline health and care staff and care providers working in health and care settings, communities and homes as well as receptionists, porters, and those working in facilities such as canteens and shops.

CSP professional adviser Helen Harte encouraged physiotherapy staff to take part.

'Physiotherapy has a role to play in spreading good public health messages for patients and this includes maintaining a healthy weight,' she said.

'The link between body weight and the development of certain long term conditions is well established and so we would welcome a framework to support frontline staff to have these conversations in practice. 

'Physiotherapists are perfectly placed to offer support and advice around weight management, just as we would around smoking cessation and physical activity.'

The survey closes on 8 January 2020 and should take no longer than 10 mins to complete.



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