GP’s and Professionals

What Are We Commissioned to Do?

PSS (Person Shaped Support) and SWYFT (South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust) are commissioned by BMBC to work with individuals, families and community groups across all areas of Barnsley. We support people to improve their health by; giving up smoking, losing weight, reducing alcohol intake, becoming more active, reducing stress and/or anxiety or changing to a healthier diet.  People can be assigned their very own Be Well Advisor and work on a health plan, or they can just come along to one of our groups which we deliver right across Barnsley.

Who to Refer?

Anybody living in Barnsley of all ages with a Barnsley Postcode or registered with a Barnsley GP, who are ready to make a lifestyle change.

If you have even a little more time available to talk to your patient, service user or client about healthy lifestyle issues you could try assessing their readiness to change.

Ask them about how important change is at the moment, and how confident they feel about making changes. Matching their stage of change can help you provide information and support that best meets their wants and needs.

What Support Do We Offer?
  • One to Ones in numerous settings including local community venues or GP practices.
  • Programme of 8 week weight loss courses called Choose 2 Lose.
  • Tailored group based interventions including physical activity session alongside a healthy lifestyle workshop e.g. Fit Mums , Fit Reds .
  • Timetable of Physical Activity weekly sessions.
  • Access to low costing community gyms, see here for the latest list.
  • Volunteer Health Champion programme of support and opportunities.
  • Pick and Mix stop smoking support whether its online, over the phone or face to face.
  • Mailing list for regular updates on our activities and support.
  • Interventions in Workplaces.
Brief Intervention for Weight Management

GP’s and the wider workforce have an important role in providing regular monitoring of weight and advice and guidance about weight management as part of their routine care. If you are thinking about providing weight management support then to help you engage the people in changing they're eating habits, their activity levels, and developing a sustainable approach to weight management.

You might also consider offering them some brief weight management interventions yourself ; please see our list of top tips to help you think about how to do this successfully.

Top Tips

Think about practicalities

  • Help people feel as comfortable as possible can help make conversations about weight easier to tackle. 
  •  Having chairs which are big enough to sit comfortably in will help them feel more at ease. 
  • Having scales capable of accurate weighing,  will help you track their progress more easily.
  • Knowing about the full range of weight management services will help you pick the right one at the right time.

Consider doing a brief intervention

Although you may not have long to discuss weight management there is still plenty you can do to support them on their weight loss journey using a brief intervention. This might include:

Gently and sensitively bringing up the subject of weight management whenever there seems to be a useful opportunity to do so.

Offering a further appointment to specifically focus on weight management if the patient is interested in this or booking in with a Be Well Advisor, who can provide regular weigh Ins and keep you informed of their progress.

Displaying information about weight management services in you're waiting and consulting rooms.

Providing written information about healthy eating and increasing activity when your patient expresses an interest in knowing more.

For Information on Very Brief Advice for Stopping Smoking Click Here !

How to Access Us?

Call us on:
0800 0169133

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Information for Local GP’s and Primary Care

Be Well Advisor are an easily accessible and FREE resource which can support GP’s to save time and money:

  • Vital link between GPs and the community and are a visible and accessible resource to local people.
  • Ease of referral into our service if were based in your practice send to reception or via phone, email or post.
  • Knowledge of local services , activities and support available.
  • Empower patients to take control, building a rapport and relationship to increase self-efficacy.
  • Increasing practice ‘offer’ and gives patient more choice.
  • Spend time with people to talk through the challenges they may face, setting goals and plans to empower and develop self-help skills.
  • Reduce surgery expenditure in long term with proven sustainability.
  • Help support reduce practice pressure and working towards your QOF targets.

What Can we Offer You?

  • We can offer you a dedicated Be Well Advisor to your practice for up to 2 days a week depending on the need.
  • Be Well Advisors are trained with a Level 3 City and Guild Health Trainer Qualification ,motivational interviewing, advanced behaviour change,  weight management , diabetes and mental health awareness,
  • One stop shop for healthy lifestyle issues including stop smoking, losing weight, low level mental health issues, healthy eating and increasing physical activity.
  • We feedback information on the client’s that you refer on a monthly basis if requested.

What We have Achieved Together

  • Since April 2016 to March 2017 we have received over 900 referrals from primary care , goal achievement rates have increased from 40% to 55%  . This shows we are now receiving more quality and appropriate referrals with better outcomes achieved .
  • 90.7% Net Promoter score for people recommending to friends and family which is above the average
  • 68% of clients are from quintile 1 and 2 (most deprived areas)
  • In the last year 688 clients have achieved 3-5% weight loss and 249 1-3% weight loss.
Primary Care Scenario

Eric's Needs

Eric was referred to the Be Well Advisor by his doctor as he suffered from Type 2 Diabetes which was under control, Eric’s doctor was keen for him to lose weight and address his unhealthy diet.

What We Do

Talk through the challenges Eric faces, he did not follow a balanced diet and was living on quick easy convenience foods, he started to follow the Eat well guide, a simple structured approach that is easy to follow

  • Over the next few weeks we monitored Eric’s diet by completing food diaries and addressed any areas he found challenging with his new eating habits.
  • We suggested to take part in some form of physical activity as this would help with weight loss. He was keen to start walking as this was something he had enjoyed many years ago. Eric started going out walking for 10 minutes a day
  • We supported him for 12 weeks but Eric still makes an appointment with every month in order to keep his motivation going, where he can get weighed and talk through any issues.


Eric lost 8% of his body weight, going from 113.3kg to 104.3kg,  a total of 20lb ( 1 stone 6 Lb)  . On a scale of 1-10,   confidence levels were 4 he finished our support at 8. He is still walking on a daily basis and enjoys this so much he now goes on walking holidays.