The Childhood Obesity LANDSCAPE Project

Event Date 31 Oct 2021

In 2020, the Obesity Research and Care Group at RCSI conducted the Sláintecare needs assessment survey among healthcare professionals in Ireland which related to the provision of health professional training and education for childhood obesity. RCSI with Sláintecare then developed an e-training course in childhood obesity free of charge to healthcare professionals in Ireland, under a Sláintecare Integration Fund Project (Grant Agreement Number ID278). This online childhood obesity training course has been informed by clinical guidelines for health professionals and facilitates some of the actions of relevant national policies including: National Taskforce on Obesity 2005, Tackling Chronic Disease Framework 2008, Healthy Ireland Framework 2013-2015, A Healthy Weight for Ireland, Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016- 2025 2016 and Healthy Weight for Children 2018. To access the free online childhood obesity training course by October 31st 2021, please visit: Training | Childhood Obesity Education

Please feel free to share this website throughout your networks of health professional colleagues as we want to get the course used as much as possible in order to empower staff all over the country.

The Childhood Obesity LANDSCAPE Project follows on from this Sláintecare work with the aim of furthering knowledge on factors that can facilitate or hamper the provision and access to treatment services for children and adolescents with obesity. Insight from health professionals and managers will be extremely valuable in helping us to document the current priorities and needs on the ground for enabling service provision. The LANDSCAPE study is being undertaken as part of a HRB applied partnership award between Dr Grace O’Malley RCSI and CHI at Temple Street, and Sarah O’Brien HSE Health and Wellbeing Division. Ethical approval was granted by RCSI Ethics Committee. 

  • Part 1 of this project is to conduct an anonymous survey for health professionals from all disciplines in Ireland who work with (or who sometimes see) children or adolescents as part of their practice, to assess and map the current service availability for assessing, signposting/referring, and delivering aspects of weight management for children or adolescents. It would be an enormous help to us if you were willing to complete and share the online survey available here


  • Part 2 of this project will deliver online focus groups to allow for further discussion of the priority needs for developing and providing services related to the management of obesity in children and adolescents. We would also greatly appreciate it you could complete and share the Focus Group Expression of Interest Formwith relevant colleagues and networks which is available here



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