NHS England (NHSE) have established the NOA to bring together comparable data from across the different types of adult and children’s Weight Management Services (WMS) across England to drive improvement in care for the benefit of those living with overweight and obesity.
All WMS and interventions (for weight loss, maintenance of a healthy weight, or a decreased rate of weight gain) in England are in scope of the audit. This includes services currently described as Tiers 2, 3 and 4 (including adults’, children’s and pregnancy-related) that are NHS or local authority commissioned. Privately funded or voluntary (i.e. non-commissioned) services are also able to submit data to the audit if they choose to. Universally available interventions classified as Tier 1 can also be included voluntarily where they are able to provide individual-level data.
The route of data submission for Tier 2 and Tier 3 weight management services is through the Community Service Dataset.
Data collected from Adult Tier 2 weight management services funded by the adult weight management services grant 2021 to 2022 (Grant number 31/5440) is submitted directly to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) via the minimum data set (MDS). We understand that some local authorities have grant extensions. Data submission to OHID will continue through the grant extension period, with final submissions being made by the end of July 2022. For services funded by the public health grant, data will be submitted via the CSDS. Therefore, there may be a short period of submitting to both collections, but this will be for different service participants rather than duplication. Note, funding was made available by OHID to a number of children's weight management service pilots which will continue to be collected through the OHID Minimum Data Set until completion (by September 2022). Other children’s weight management services not in receipt of this funding are in scope of the National Obesity Audit at the current time.
Data collected from child Tier 2 weight management services will continue to be submitted to OHID via the minimum data set (MDS) with the expectation that the data collection will move to CSDS from April 2023.