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Liverpool John Moores University

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Participant Information

Title of Project: Factors that influence uptake to community health initiatives focused on physical activity and weight management: A qualitative study of participants experiences of referral

Name of Researcher and School/Faculty: Dr Paula Watson and Sarah Birtwistle, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it involves. Please take time to read the following information. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Take time to decide if you want to take part or not.

1. What is the purpose of the study?

We would like to understand what influences people’s decisions whether or not to join Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT)’s Community Weight Management Scheme (CWMS) after ringing up to book a place. In particular, we are interested in talking to people who book onto the scheme but do not go on to take up their place, as this will help the WLCT Active Living team learn how the service can be improved for future participants.

2. Who can take part?

Anyone who has booked on to the Community Weight Management Scheme from November 2015 but has not gone on to take up their place.

3. Do I have to take part?

No, participation in the study is voluntary. You can decide whether or not it is something that you are happy to take part in. If you decide that you would like to participate, you will be asked to give verbal consent over the telephone which will be recorded. However, this does not affect your ability to withdraw from the interview at any time without giving reason. A decision to withdraw will not affect your rights nor any future treatment or service(s) you receive.

4. What will happen to me if I take part?

Participation in the research will consist of one telephone interview. A researcher will contact you between the hours of 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and up until 8pm on a Monday evening, dependent on your availability. It is anticipated that the interview will last approximately 20 minutes.

5. What will I be asked during the interview?

During the interview you will be asked about your experiences of the Community Weight Management Scheme. Firstly you will be asked to provide some details including your age, ethnicity, postcode and height and weight. You will then be asked about your motivation for booking onto the weight management scheme, your experiences of the referral processes and any factors that influenced your decision not to join. You do not have to answer any questions that you are uncomfortable with and you can terminate the interview at any point.

6. Will the interviews be recorded?

Interviews will be audio recorded to ensure that the researcher can capture everything that was said accurately. The interview will then be transcribed (written down word for word) and all names removed.

7. Are there any risks / benefits involved?

There are no known risks or benefits involved in taking part in this research. Although participants may like to know that their views will be used to improve Community Weight Management services.

8. Will my taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. Names will be removed from all research data. Any identifiable personal information will be stored in locked filing cabinets at Liverpool John Moores University, accessible only to the research team. After 5 years this information will be disposed of through confidential waste services.

9. Will my participation in the research affect my involvement with the WLCT Community Weight Management Scheme?

No. Participation in this research will not affect your current or future involvement in the WLCT Community Weight Management Scheme.

10. Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you whether or not you take part. If you decide not to take part this will not affect your current or future participation in the WLCT Community Weight Management Scheme.

11. Is it ok to drop out if I change my mind?

Yes. You may drop out at any time without it affecting your participation in the WLCT Community Weight Management Scheme.

12. Will I be able to find out the study results?

Yes – at the end of the interview you will be offered the webpage where the study results will be displayed once they have become available.

This study has received ethical approval from LJMU’s Research Ethics Committee (insert REC reference number and date of approval)

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Birtwistle S.B.Birtwistle@2015.ljmu.ac.uk

Dr Paula Watson (Academic Supervisor) P.M.Watson@ljmu.ac.uk/0151 231 4182

If you any concerns regarding your involvement in this research, please discuss these with the researcher in the first instance. If you wish to make a complaint, please contact researchethics@ljmu.ac.uk and your communication will be re-directed to an independent person as appropriate.