Monthly Archives: October 2016

The DiSCo Research Project

The DiSCo project (Dietetic Support in the Community) is a primary care rooted study,  led by Clarence Medical Centre in Rhyl,  the local Public Health Dietitian, and  the Research and Development Department within BCUHB. The project’s key focus is to better understand the challenges which people encounter when trying to manage long term weight management difficulties.  Coming from a prudent health and collaborative point of view, DiSCo hopes to make an important step in considering what is vital to the patient in managing their weight and health, so that primary care services can respond more effectively in the future.

DiSCo is now at the stage of analysing data, having completed the focus groups with patients. Already the team are making strides in understanding how they can support people in proactive and individualised ways. This project also highlights the centrality of qualitative approaches to capturing people’s experiences, thoughts, reflections and concerns in an open and inclusive way, so as to help inform the delivery of evidence based practice in community dietetics and other agencies related to health and wellbeing in the future.

Results for DiSCo will be ready by early 2017, and will provide valuable insight as to “what’s next” in terms of service development for people with weight issues.

This P2P (Pathway to Portfolio) project has provided the DiSCo team with an important opportunity to embark on a collaborative project addressing a serious health issue whilst developing the research skills necessary to take the step towards a feasibility intervention study to develop the dietetics provision within primary care.

Biographical information

Chief Investigator: Dr Simon Dobson MB ChB MRCGP (Manchester 1991) Senior Partner and Research Lead GP, Clarence Medical Centre, Rhyl


Principal Investigator: Sian Jenkinson, Public Health Dietician, Central and Network Lead for Obesity


Trial Manager: Gwyn Hughes Research Studies Lead, Clarence Medical Centre, Rhyl

Over the years I have seen and been involved in a lot of changes within the NHS most of them are to improve treatments and service provision. I’m really excited to be involved with this great project and I hope we can make a difference. Collaboration on any scale is an absolute necessity to improve health and social care.


The DiSCo team busy analysiing the research data.