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Equalities Agenda

NHS services have a responsibility to provide inclusive and equitable care.

Click here for more information about Equality in Health.

Glasgow & Clyde Specialist Weight Management Service (GCSWMS) aims to provide equitable care for all. A recent assessment reported that GCSWMS is inclusive and accessible.

We aim to be accessible and inclusive in several ways:
  • Ensuring GCSWMS venues are accessible.
  • Providing appropriate facilities to ensure they are fit for purpose and preserve the dignity of our patients.
  • Offering choice appointments where possible, allowing time and location of appointments to suit patients circumstances.
  • By providing translators and interpreters.
  • Supplying local transport information.
  • Adapting the delivery of the programme to maximise accessibility e.g. providing audio material or translators.

Recent Development


GCSWMS are aware of the benefits of peer support and promote group based treatment. Less than 3% of GCSWMS patients are seen individually for the full programme.

Reasons for an individual programme may be sensory impairment, language barriers, literacy issues, cultural differences or significant mental health problems for example.

Those who are seen individually may miss out on the benefits of group based treatment. Therefore where possible GCSWMS now offer small groups that meet an individual’s specific needs but also provide the group experience.

These small groups allow the weight management programme to be delivered more flexibly, for example, managing group times to suit religious holidays or providing more visual rather than written materials.

Recent small groups have included:   Foreign Language:
  • Urdu (Separate male and female groups)
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • French
  • Slovakian
Sensory Impairment:
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
Mental Health   Cognitive Impairment