FOR specialist weight management

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme

About this programme

NHS Digital Weight Management Programme is part of a national programme. The free remote programme provided by Oviva is a highly engaging app-based digital service with 1-to-1 coaching from a dedicated dietitian. This is a digital support programme for people living with obesity and either diabetes or hypertension, or both.

How to refer

Why should you refer your patients?

Our aim is to reduce health inequalities by engaging and supporting groups identified as having higher rates of obesity, and lower likelihood of completing behavioural and lifestyle change programmes. This includes younger (working) age, minority ethnic groups, men, and those from more deprived communities. As a digital programme, it offers an alternative means of accessing support, with additional benefits in reaching a younger cohort and offering increased flexibility of access. 

Accessible for everyone: Increased access to men, ethnic minorities and working age groups with 100% remote delivery

Weight Loss: On average participants loose 3.6kg in the 12 week programme.

Expert care: Free unique digital tools & resources for self-led learning to support behaviour change

Programme pathway

Oviva’s Tier 2 Weight Management is a 12 week programme with remote personalised support and self led learning via telephone, app messages or video calls. Participants are offered their own personal coach or coach-led support group to provide expert healthcare. 


Participants will choose to be matched with a personal health coach or coach-led community group, and will create their personal action plan. Support can be provided via the Oviva app or telephone/video calls. 

If indicated at triage an Initial Consultation with an Obesity Specialist Dietitian or Health Coach will be conducted.


Participants will receive personalised support over 12 weeks with periods of self-led learning to achieve meaningful changes to their diet and lifestyle. 

Accessible content on Oviva Learn is available weekly and appears in various formats; videos, podcasts and written materials to build knowledge to improve their health.


After the programme the participant will continue to build confidence in maintaining their new behaviour long term. 

They will continue to self-track their activities in the Oviva app and grow their knowledge using their lifetime access to Learn resources in order to further embed their new habits.

Eligibility criteria

To be accepted on to the programme, all referred patients must:

  • People aged 18 or over
  • People who are not pregnant
  • People with a BMI greater than 30. The BMI threshold will be lowered to 27.5 for people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds, as we know people from these ethnic backgrounds are at an increased risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI
  • People with a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure or both
  • People with a smartphone, tablet, or computer with internet access
  • Those who are motivated to change their lifestyle and can commit to the 12 week programme
  • Registered in an area where Oviva is available

How to refer your patients

How can primary care refer to the programme?

After confirming eligibility and discussing the service with your patient please complete the referral form which is embedded into your clinical system.

What resources are available for patients who do not want to or are unable to use the Oviva app?

If a participant does not have a smartphone or would prefer not to use one, they can have all appointments via telephone calls. The individual is in control of how they would like to take part and so can participate with the programme in the best way for them. The app is not compulsory and you can complete the full Oviva Diabetes Support programme without using the app if preferred, although we strongly encourage all participants to download the app to have the best possible experience of the programme.

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