Rotherham Institute for Obesity



What is RIO?



The Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO) is a unique and specialist centre for the management of weight problems with a multidisciplinary approach to reducing and maintaining weight loss. RIO does not claim to have invented the cure for weight problems, and cannot guarantee weight loss for patients, but it brings together all the NHS approved and evidence-based methods for weight loss into one Primary care based Centre in the hope that we can maximise the chances for weight loss.  



RIO has a multidisciplinary team approach to managing weight problems by providing specialists that can provide different approaches. This includes dedicated Obesity Specialist Nurses (OSNs), Healthcare Assistants (HCAs), Dietetics input for complex dietary needs, “Rotherham Cook & Eat” skills education, Talking Therapies including psychological input and support, Exercise Therapists to offer a personalised trainining programmes, and facilities to provide group work for exercise, therapies and nutritional advice.  In addition, Dr Capehorn is a General Practitioner with a Specialist Interest in Obesity (GPwSI) who is available for  consultations relating to any medication issues, or for consideration of further interventions such as weight loss surgery for adults, or residential weight management camps for children.   


The Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO) forms part of the award-winning NHS Rotherham Weight Management Strategy that won the 2009 NHS Health and Social Care Award for best commissioned service. 

Clifton Medical Centre formed RIO, and has been commissioned as part of the NHS Rotherham Strategy, to help manage weight problems in any patient (adult or child) who is registered to a Rotherham GP, that meets our agreed referral criteria. 



It was formally opened on 6 November 2009, by Professor David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, during the 2009 National Obesity Week Campaign.