Overview of the audit
Nearly two-thirds of adults in England are living with overweight or obesity. A third of children leaving primary school are living with overweight or obesity.
Obesity is a serious health concern that increases the risk of many other health conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems, mental health problems, and some cancers.
NHS England and Improvement have established the National Obesity Audit (NOA) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.
NOA will bring together comparable data from the different types of adult and children’s weight management services across England in order to drive improvement for the benefit of those living with overweight and obesity.
Services included in the audit
The audit will make use of data already collected from hospitals, community settings and general practices (GPs). This will include data from all weight management services and interventions commissioned (funded) by local authorities and the NHS.
Hospitals and GPs do not need to do anything differently for their data to be included in the audit.
Some Tier 2 and Tier 3 weight management services may need to register and start submitting to the Community Services Data Set (CSDS).
Learn more about how community providers submit to NOA.
Existing approvals for NHS Digital to collect HES and CSDS allow linkage of the data for this analysis and publication.
The use of General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) is subject to an in-depth approval process, which is currently underway and the audit hopes to link to GPES in late 2023.
These data sets do not require patient consent. However, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) states that individuals have the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data.
A patient leaflet will be ready soon - a link will be added here when it is available.
The CSDS information governance and fair processing guidance includes suggested information for use in existing patient materials.
Patients can ask their GP to apply the national data opt-out to prevent their data being used for ‘purposes beyond their direct care and treatment’, such as NOA.
Last edited: 18 May 2022 4:44 pm