Freedom of information response

Weight management referral form

Publication date: 
Wednesday 15 May 2024

-    A copy of any referral form used to refer patients to weight management programmes.  
O    If it is not possible to provide the full form, please provide the exact wording of any exclusion criteria i.e. any criteria/questions that would exclude someone from being referred to the programme, such as BMI, age or eating disorders.


In Thurrock we have 2 providers offering weight management services.

  1. Our Tier 2 offer, provided by Slimming World

Exclusion criteria:

  • Non-Thurrock residents
  • Persons under 18
  • BMI below 25 unless of south Asian origin
  • Individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding (unless to maintain weight) 
  • Those with iatrogenic weight gain – likely due to drug/medicine management 
  • Individuals with substance misuse problems
  • Poorly controlled major mental health illness, such as psychosis, severe depression, bulimia nervosa
  • Newly diagnosed or uncontrolled hypothyroidism
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Has been a paying member of Slimming World in the last 3 months
  1. Our local Exercise on Referral service provided by Impulse Leisure also includes a weight management offer

Referrals in to the service are only made by General Practice.  

Exclusion criteria:

  • BMI under 25 or over 40
  • Non-Thurrock residents and/or not registered with a Thurrock GP
  • Persons aged under 18
  • Contra-indications to exercise (as determined via assessment)
Request reference:
FOI 13769