Camden's Healthy Living practitioners work one-to-one with local children, young people (aged 5–17) and their families to help improve diet, build confidence and increase physical activity through goal-setting, education and support.
Part of Camden's School Nursing service, the sessions are provided in schools, health centres or through home visits. The practitioners can work with young people directly, without parents being present (with parental consent).
An enhanced, tier-2 pilot service runs until end of September 2018, with existing Healthy Living Practitioners working with a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Psychologist. They are able to consult directly with a Consultant Paediatrician.
The service is for children and young people:
- aged 5–17, and
- have a BMI on or above the 91st percentile, and
- are resident in Camden or attend school in Camden.
To work out the centile for children aged 0–2 years, view the Neonatal and Infant Close Monitoring Growth Chart for boys or girls (see Downloads).
Use the NHS Choices calculator to work out the BMI for a child aged 2 or above or adults.
See the Child Weight Management referral pathway (in Downloads) for more details.
Underweight children should be referred to dietetics.
How to Refer
Self ReferralEMIS Forms
Patients can self-refer by telephone or email – they do not need to calculate the BMI or centile.
t: 020 3317 2304
GPs can refer patients. View the Enhanced Child Weight Management Guide (see Downloads) before referring patients. The young person and their family must have agreed to the referral as the service does not generally accept repeat referrals if a young person or family have not engaged previously.
Then complete the referral form (see Downloads).
Provider – School Nursing Team
t: 020 3317 2304
Commissioner – Camden Public Health
t: 020 7527 6703