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 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.
Existing approvals for NHS England to collect HES and CSDS allow linkage of the data for this analysis and publication.
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.
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.
We adhere to the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) cause for concern guidance and if any issues are found in the data collected we may escalate as appropriate.
The latest publication to be released for the National Obesity Audit is now available.
This is the 4th release of data to form part of the National Obesity Audit (NOA) which now presents data from 2 sources:
- Hospital Episode Statistics (for Tier 4 Bariatric Surgery)
- Community Services Dataset (for Tier 2 and Tier 3 Weight Management Services)
This publication series includes a developing set of nationally agreed measures which will eventually provide a comprehensive picture of activity, access to services and health outcomes of patients using weight management services across England. This allows providers to track, benchmark and improve the quality of these services.
We have also made some improvements to the dashboard following feedback received by users. Please keep providing your opinions and feedback using the feedback form.
All previous and future releases of the dashboard will add data from other sources and include additional functionality. All updates will be added to the publication page.
The audit will also be publishing a state of nation report, in 2024.
Last edited: 19 July 2023 2:20 pm