Referral Criteria

Standard Choose to Change Programme

Blackpool Bury** Manchester, Oldham & Salford Tameside and Glossop
Adult (18yrs+) Adult (18yrs+) Adult (18yrs+) Adult (18yrs+)
Registered with an NHS Blackpool GP (or registered with Cleveleys Group Practice or the Crescent Surgery) Registered with an NHS Bury GP Registered with an NHS Manchester, Oldham, or Salford GP Registered with an NHS Tameside or Glossop GP
A BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities* or BMI 40+ A BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities* or BMI 40+ A BMI 35+ A BMI 35+ with  co-morbidities* or a BMI of 40+
  **ONLY eligible if referred on the bariatric pathway   Must have completed 8 weeks of a level 2 weight management service within the last 12 months unless the GP decides it is clinically inappropriate
  Obesity present for the last five years Eligible for maternity programme if a BMI 30+ and pregnant. Click here for further information on maternity services Eligible for maternity programme if a BMI 30+ and pregnant. Click here for further information on maternity services

*For a list of qualifying co-morbidities: click here

**Please note Bury patients only eligible if referred on the bariatric pathway

Eligibility criteria for the bariatric pathway

As bariatric surgery is now commissioned nationally by NHS England the eligibility criteria is the same everywhere and is as follows:

  • Adults (18yrs+) registered with an NHS GP
  • BMI 35+ with co-morbidities or BMI 40+
  • Obesity has been present for at least 5 years

Important Points

Commitment from individuals is crucial for them to benefit from the service. Please consider your patient’s readiness to change and discuss with them their ability to engage in the service before referring.

Some patients may have severe physical or mental health problems that need stabilising first or significant social barriers to taking part. We consider the ‘whole’ individual in the context of their lives, and will work with you and your patients to optimise the benefit they could achieve from the programme. Please contact us if you would like to discuss individual cases before referral.

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