AHPs can play a vital role in tackling anti-fat bias and weight stigma in health care. People in bigger bodies are discriminated against throughout society and arguably, that discrimination is even more evident in healthcare settings.
I believe this leads to poorer health outcomes for people in bigger bodies. As AHPs we are used to advocating on behalf of our patients. I believe it is our role to advocate on behalf of those in bigger bodies: whether that's around concepts like dignity; timely access to "bariatric" equipment; early mobilisation etc etc.
I feel strongly that any unconditional bias training should be mandatory and should include anti-fat bias.
I am currently discussing this with the diversity and inclusion team at my trust, developing training on it for AHPs and talking about it to whoever will listen!
if anyone is interested in joining me and setting up a taskforce around this, please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NHS needs to provide Medical Kiosks in Pharmacies, Supermarkets, leisure centres, village halls etc.
This will allow the population to have easier access to distance medicine in both rural and urban areas.
Thanks for your comment. We touch on digital exclusion in our podcast episode on the health care of tomorrow: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/podcast/health-care-internatio…
We are also considering some further work on digital exclusion for later in the year/ early 2022.
The NHS, for good reasons, is pushing ahead with what we can call Digital Consultations and even Digital Treatments when the technology is appropriate. Roughly 1 in 3 persons in the UK do not have proper access to the Internet for a variety of reasons. The Digitally Left Behind may be an even larger proportion of our society if they only have a smartphone which is not ideal for comprehensive online sessions. We now have a new underlying source of Health Inequality which we can call Digital Access. Could you please consider this and its implications for patients and the NHS?