Public Health practitioner resources
- Stop smoking
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which have immediate effects that compromise the body’s ability to heal and increase the risks associated with anaesthesia.
In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, a patient who smokes is also at a much greater risk of anaesthetic complications and surgical site infections. We encourage practitioners to make direct referrals to Stop Smoking services which offer an effective intervention to enable patients to stop smoking.
- Weight management
Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).
Hampshire has developed a primary care pathway for managing overweight and obesity from universal Services at Tier 1 to specialist bariatric Services in Tier 4. Tier 2 Weight Management Service for those with a BMI of 30+ (BMI 28+ and a co-morbidity that is adversely affected by their weight) is currently provided by Weight Watchers. Also POWeR, a new evidenced based online weight management programme is available free to all patients who want to lose weight and have a BMI of 25+.
- Weight management primary care pathway
- Weight management secondary care pathway
- Tier 2 referral form adult weight management (primary care)
- The Tier 2 weight management service has now been extended to cover 16-17 year olds. Eligibility is based on GP recommendation, eg if patient is at 95th centile or above for age + gender. Teenager Form needs to be completed by GP and given to patient.
- There is also a Weight Watchers service for pregnant women. To refer to this service please use this referral form.
Tier 2 adult weight management service for pregnant women
- To refer to this service please use this referral form
- Drugs and alcohol
Excess alcohol consumption is the third highest risk factor for avoidable ill health in England (after smoking and obesity). In Hampshire around one in five adults drink more alcohol than the safe recommended levels.
- Health checks
NHS Health Checks are for eligible 40-74 year olds to prevent or spot the early signs of serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. The NHS Health Check assesses circulatory and vascular health and the risk of getting such diseases.
Tailored advice is then provided to improve or maintain health to enjoy life for longer. There is a range of Hampshire guidance and resources available to aid your delivery of the programme.
Clinical System MIQUEST guidance
Letters and promotional materials
NHS Health Check - online training
- Hampshire Lifestyles Signposting Directory
This directory has been produced to support practitioners and front line staff trained in Making Every Contact Count (MECC), who are engaging with healthy conversations.