The University of Oxford's Professor Paul Aveyard and SPCR doctoral student Charlotte Albury were involved in the filming of the BBC's 'Britain's fat fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in November 2017.
Charlotte will appear in the programme on 9th May where she is seen training GPs to offer commercial weight management referrals - strategies she developed during her DPhil.
During my DPhil, I developed training for GPs in line with the evidence I have developed on how best to offer weight management referrals.I put this training into practice during filming for 'Britain's fat fight'. I trained GPs, asked them to practice with each other, and provided feedback... I haven’t seen the results but I am, of course, interested to watch on Wednesday to find out if the GPs followed the training in practice, and how well patients received these conversations."
Charlotte's current research explores doctor-patient conversations in the Brief interventions for weight loss (BWeL) trial. In this trial GPs offered patients with obesity a free referral to a commercial weight management program (like slimming world) for twelve weeks. Charlotte used a method called conversation analysis to identify conversational patterns used by doctors which were both well received by patients and could be associated with patient attendance at their free referral. She has developed training for GPs in these methods.