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The appointment process is yet to be finalised, but a HSE spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) that it is “progressing the appointment” of Prof O’Shea following the proposal.
As previously reported in May, the RCPI was co-ordinating the nomination process on behalf of the Forum of Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies. The closing date for applications for the post was 18 May.
“Following an advertising and interview process… the RCPI have nominated and proposed Prof Donal O’Shea as Clinical Lead for Obesity,” said the spokesperson. “The HSE is progressing the appointment of Prof O’Shea and anticipate he will take up appointment in September.”
The appointment of a new Clinical Lead for Obesity is a key action in the Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025.
The role “is to enhance the accessibility, appropriateness and quality of service for people who are currently overweight or obese,” said the HSE.
Consultant Endocrinologist Prof O’Shea is co-Chairperson of the RCPI Policy Group on Obesity.
Last September, the RCPI’s Group on Obesity welcomed the publication of the obesity policy and action plan, calling it “an essential first step in supporting men, women and children to live healthy lives”.
Commenting at the time, Prof O’Shea also commended the “commitment to appoint a clinical lead to develop models of care for the prevention and management of obesity in primary care and specialist services to support the implementation of the treatment and management of obesity throughout Ireland”.
He said obesity was a disease affecting “far too many” adults and children, while doctors regularly saw patients who felt “hopeless” and “stigmatised by this illness”.