Specialist Weight Management

What is the Specialist Weight Management Programme?

The programme is for people who have struggled with their weight for a long time. The multi professional team specialise in weight management and the programme is designed to help people lose weight, develop a healthier lifestyle and reduce emotional eating. It is delivered by dietitians, psychologists and physical activity specialists and they provide support throughout the six month programme.

It is normally run in community settings within the Torbay and South Devon area and it is a private, closed group so that participants have the support of other people with similar issues.

An online group programme is also currently available. Please watch the above video for more information.

Referral Criteria (Tier 3 Service)

Referrals are accepted for patients over 18 with a Body Mass Index over 40 and a Body Mass Index over 35 with one or more of the following co-morbidities:

  • Established (over 4 years) Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidaemia uncorrected by maximum tolerated doses of Statins
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) after assessment by a GI surgeon
  • Severe osteoarthritis requiring listing for joint replacement
  • Intercranial hypertension
  • Infertility in which weight is a barrier to therapy
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

In addition to:

  • Previous attempts to lose weight (e.g. dietetic services/commercial services—Slimming World, WW, GP Practice based programmes)
  • Ready and willing to commit to the full programme and make changes to lifestyle
  • Have not accessed the programme for the last 12 months and has not already had two run throughs

The following results must be included in the referral to this Tier 3 service:

  • Full blood count, Urea and electrolytes (U&Es), BMI, Blood pressure, Fasting lipid profile, HbA1C, Thyroid function test including TSH, Liver function test – including alanine transaminase (ALT)