Specialist Weight Management Service

We deliver a Specialist Tier 3 Weight Management Service for people with severe or complex obesity, which is based at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The service provides non-surgical interventions and support for a 6-12 month period.

The overall aim is to help you lose at least 5% of your initial weight and improve your health and emotional wellbeing. Evidence shows that as little as a 5% weight loss can improve an individual’s risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease*.

The Specialist Weight Management team are supportive and non-judgemental and will take into account your individual circumstances. The team includes:

  • Consultant Physicians
  • Counselling / Clinical Psychologists
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Dietitians
  • Programme co-ordinators

We aim to:

  • To encourage long-term behaviour change through promoting healthy eating, physical activity and addressing the psychological barriers to unhealthy relationships with food
  • To improve the management of other conditions that are associated with severe obesity e.g. diabetes, sleep apnoea
  • If appropriate, we can refer you to the Bariatric Team (Tier 4) for surgical assessment for weight loss surgery. We will make sure that you are prepared for weight loss surgery, by supporting you to understand the need for behaviour change pre and post-surgery and to assist in making decisions.

The Specialist Weight Management Service is not a Weight Loss Surgery service. It is national guidance that you need to complete a minimum of six-12 months in this Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management Service before you can be considered for a referral to a Tier 4 Weight Loss Surgery Team.

*American Diabetes Association. Benefits of modest weight loss in improving cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34(7): 1481-1486.