Where to find obesity training courses and professional development in the UK
September 11, 2018
With obesity and weight management a prevalent area of treatment in the UK, many healthcare professionals are seeking ways to improve their knowledge and skills in this speciality.
Professional development and training courses that concentrate on specific disease areas, such as obesity and weight management, are good options to start with.
But where can you find this type of training and which institutes should you consider?
We’ve put together a list of reputable organisations based in the UK that focus primarily on obesity and weight management, to make the hunt for training courses easier for you.
Here are our top picks:
The College of Contemporary Health (CCH)
Offering a range of course types including postgraduate courses and modules, short courses and on-demand courses, The College of Contemporary Health (CCH) is renowned as a leading educator for obesity.
The short courses and on-demand courses both offer continuing professional development (CPD) credits which can be used to build professional standing, while the postgraduate options are ideal for healthcare professionals who are looking to further develop their skills and understanding in weight management and obesity care.
The CCH curriculum is overseen by an expert academic advisory board, comprised of several influential voices in the obesity care and weight management industry.
CCH also offers a number of free resources including ‘toolkits’ which can be used in practice or given as handouts to patients.
SCOPE (Specialist Certification in Obesity Professional Education)
Described as “an essential tool for any healthcare professional practising obesity medicine”, SCOPE is a valuable educational resource for the obesity disease area.
Their online courses are created by leading obesity experts who provide the very best in obesity management resources.
Furthermore, their courses are endorsed by the NHS and more than 50 national associations globally.
With an e-learning platform and more than 30 modules to choose from, SCOPE’s courses offer flexibility to train and study around professional working commitments.
All modules offered by SCOPE provide CPD credits.
Learn more about SCOPE here.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales offers a range of courses on obesity that are accredited by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Offering a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Obesity and Weight Management, the courses are designed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management.
The courses are ideal for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics.
Learn more here.
Future Fit Training
For a course that looks at childhood obesity from a nutrition perspective, Future Fit Training’s course on Childhood Nutrition and Obesity Prevention is a good option.
The e-learning course is certified by the Association for Nutrition and offers CPD points.
It covers the varying dietary requirements of children, from birth through to adolescence, and also explores childhood obesity and how the condition can be prevented and managed.
National Obesity Forum
The National Obesity Forum connects healthcare professionals to a range of events, conferences and online courses in obesity and weight management.
Many of the courses are CPD certified and some also cover topics closely related to obesity such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, nutrition and heart health.
See a full list of their events and courses here.