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Guiding and Enabling Behaviour Change course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Face to face
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Royal College of General Practitioners

This session aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of how to take a guiding and collaborative approach with patients to help support lifestyle behaviour change. It illustrates a five-step approach that will enable you to achieve this, and highlights where you may need to refer to other support services.

This session was reviewed by Jamie Blackshaw (Project Lead), Penny Blair, Lisa Thompson and Elaine Boylan and updated in January 2017.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Explain some of the key principles that enable behaviour change
  • Raise the issue of weight sensitively with individuals
  • Have a non-judgemental discussion with an individual which builds their readiness to change behaviours linked to their weight status
  • Describe the ‘weight management initial steps’, and how it supports behaviour change and local service provision

Over the last 50 years there has been a gradual and sustained increase in overweight and obesity levels. The proportion who were categorised as obese (BMI 30kg/m2 or over) increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 24.3% in 2014 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 26.8% in 2014

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete the e-LfH sessions:
    • Introduction to Obesity (620-1)
    • Identifying Unhealthy Weight and Risk Factors for Weight Gain (620-2)
    • Managing Obesity: Treatment Options (620-3)
  • Have an understanding of the causes of obesity
Instructors / Speakers
Jamie Blackshaw,
Obesity and Healthy Weight Team Lead, Public Health England

Since 2013, Jamie has led Public Health England’s Obesity and Healthy Weight team and is responsible for working across PHE and with national and local partners, to develop and deliver action to prevent and tackle excess weight.

This includes action on preventative whole systems approaches; developing the evidence base and support to local public health teams on weight management services and contributing towards strategic planning.

A Registered Public Health Nutritionist, he has worked within Government nutrition since 1998, including providing expert advice across Government on school food, cooking skills and early years nutrition. In addition, to Jamie’snutrition expertise, he also studiedfor aMSc in Health Policy, graduating with distinction from Imperial College London. Jamie was awarded the Nutrition Society’s Public Health Nutrition Medal 2015, in recognition of excellence in public health nutrition.

Guiding and Enabling Behaviour Change course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Mental health & wellbeing for Health Workers
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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