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Major new programme to tackle childhood obesity launched today

24 January 2011

The programme, PROMISE, comprises five linked studies that aim to significantly improve the experience and care of obese children in the UK, and help alleviate growing pressure on the NHS. 

PROMISE is led by Dr Russell Viner at the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), and Dr Sanjay Kinra at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

Dr Viner, reader in adolescent medicine, and his collaborators will launch the programme today to a largely professional audience.

The five linked studies form a response to what are considered to be the most significant gaps in the evidence based research to date. They are:

  • To scope the impact of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) on families and on health services, introduced in 2009
  • The pilot trial of an electronic management tool to improve decision making about onward referrals
  • To improve management of adolescent obesity by conducting an efficacy trial of the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Programme (HELP)
  • To improve prescribing of anti-obesity drug (AOD) in adolescence through evaluation of use in clinical practice.
  • To investigate the safety and outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery in the UK

Dr Viner said: “PROMISE is a response to one of the foremost health priorities in the UK. The NHS has responsibility for treatment of the seven to ten per cent of children and young people already obese. 

“Our hope is that the programme will have a positive impact across all levels of primary and secondary care, resulting in significantly better outcomes for patients.”

To ensure that the findings from this programme are implemented in practice, an implementation work package will occupy the final 12 months of this programme. The researchers hope to see their findings translated into patient benefit within three to five years of completion.


Contact information:

For further information, including an interview with Dr Viner, please contact Hayley Dodman, Great Ormond Street Hospital press office, on 0207 239 3126 or email dodmah@gosh.nhs.uk

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Notes to editors

  • The research is being undertaken by UCL Partners, a collaboration between five of Britain’s world renowned medical research centres and hospitals, focussed on preventing and treating diseases that affect the population both nationally and globally
  • PROMISE stands for paediatric research in obesity multi-modal intervention and service evaluation programme