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RCPI co-ordinating the search for an Obesity Clinical Lead

The closing date for applications for the post was 18 May, but the HSE did not provide figures on how many applied.

“The HSE are in the process of appointing a Clinical Lead for Obesity,” an Executive spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).

“A key action in the Healthy Weight for Ireland Obesity Policy and Action Plan is to enhance the accessibility, appropriateness and quality of service for people who are currently overweight or obese.

 “The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is co-ordinating the nomination process on behalf of the forum of the medical training colleges.”

The appointment of the Clinical Lead is also part of the Government’s Healthy Ireland Framework.

Earlier this month, the first phase of the new Healthy Ireland Network was launched by the Healthy Ireland Council to get all types of organisations nationwide to sign-up to combined efforts to improve health and wellbeing.

According to the Department, the purpose of the new Network is to develop “an empowering national movement” that treats health and wellbeing as an individual and collective responsibility, to support and advocate for the goals and vision of Healthy Ireland, and to ensure that the Healthy Ireland message is “spread, understood, and acted on throughout Ireland”.

Speaking at the launch of the Network, Minister for Health Simon Harris said that it would “help create a critical mass to generate a fundamental shift in how we think and act on health and wellbeing, and the many factors that can impact on people’s quality of life”.

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