The latest Health Matters blog; ‘Addressing the food environment as part of a local whole systems approach to obesity’ raises several important points about how we will reverse the rising trend of obesity in children, young people and adults in this country.
When putting out a very specific tender, it is likely that providers say very similar things in order to conform to the service specification. So, it is in the nuance, that you are likely to find reasons to commission or not commission a provider. Do the tools currently allow for this?
Given the complexity of behaviour change in the context of the real, lived-experience, it is difficult to find KPI’s that can be collected easily that demonstrate the kind of change that is likely to elicit sustainable outcomes.
You will be wedded to this service for the foreseeable future, so it is important to get the scoring right so that the service that demonstrates the traits you are genuinely looking for wins the tender.
Failure should be a great opportunity to learn. The most progressive organisations are celebrating things that don't work because they are the greatest opportunity for improvement. But they have to exist in a culture that embraces it and doesn't penalise people for having the guts to raise important issues.
The most effective system of ensuring that key learning is not lost that I have encountered is from a colleague who kept a running diary – which I am calling a ‘playbook’ – throughout the procurement process they ran.
The second in this series of blogs about commissioning behaviour change services is about the constriction that you can feel when commissioning. I want to stress that these blogs are a collection of personal experiences from being a commissioner and a provider, and from the numerous commissioners I have worked with over the years.
Dogs are a good excuse to have to get outside and active. Meeting others who have the same goals and interests can mean you find new people and dogs to go for walks with and for social support generally. This is key to making lasting changes: Be part of a tribe!
The focus this year is on reducing weight stigma, which is very topical at the moment with lots of talk about ‘fat shaming’ and weight related stigma in commonplace discussions around the world and in the media.