OUR SERVICES IN THE GREATER MANCHESTER AREA
We run FREE adult weight management services for eligible individuals across the City of Manchester, Salford, Bury, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop.
At MoreLife, we’re passionate about supporting individuals and communities to lead healthier lives. We’ve been successfully delivering weight management programmes for over 20 years. Our programmes are:
FLEXIBLE – our programmes are tailored to meet your needs and the needs of the group
ACCESSIBLE – face-to-face groups are held at a variety of local venues, with telephone, text Skype and online support between groups
SOCIABLE – all our programmes are delivered in a supportive, group setting
PSYCHOLOGICALLY INFORMED – we don’t tell you what to do, rather we’ll help you to understand how thoughts, emotions and feelings influence your decisions
EVIDENCE-BASED – our strong links to Leeds Beckett University mean all our programmes are based on the latest, cutting-edge research
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Our programme is free for adults who have been referred through a Health Professional and meet one of the following criteria (please note that Bury is different from the other areas):
- Adults with BMI >40kg/m2 who are being considered for bariatric surgery
- Adults with BMI 35kg/m2 and above
- Adults with eating disorders associated with their obesity (BMI 35kg/m2 and above)
- Pregnant women with BMI 35kg/m2 and above
- Adults from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities with BMI 35kg/m2
- FOR BURY ONLY – Adults on the bariatric pathway with BMI 40kg/m2 and above
If you think you are eligible for our service and would like to be referred, please contact your GP and ask to be referred to the MoreLife Tier 3 weight management service.
If you don’t meet the eligibility criteria for our specialist service, there are a number of local services who you can talk to for help with eating healthily, losing weight and developing your physical activity. The table below gives details of the services available
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
If you have a patient who would benefit from our services, please use our referral form – if you are a GP, this should be available within your clinical system. For other professionals, please download the form below.
Patients must meet the above eligibility criteria and not have any of the following: uncontrolled drug or alcohol dependency, poorly controlled major mental health illness, newly diagnosed or uncontrolled hypothyroidism, chronic stage 4+ kidney disease requiring specialist renal advice or decompensated liver disease requiring specialist hepatic advice.
“Other companies made losing weight seem like a magic formula that I could never understand. MoreLife has been like the Wizard of Oz and lifted back the curtain. It turns out it’s not magic at all – it’s simple with the right support”
Update on MoreLife Greater Manchester services during the Coronavirus outbreak
Following Government advice on COVID-19 we have suspended all face to face delivery of our weight management programmes for the foreseeable future. If you are waiting to begin with our service we ask for your patience at this uncertain time, as we are unable to provide specific information about when face to face interventions may resume.
We will be in contact over the coming weeks to update you, which may include offering you the chance to participate in online sessions, so please keep an eye on your email / text messages for further information.
We’ve put together a short FAQ which we hope will answer your most common questions to the best of our ability, given the information we have at this point. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please do contact us and we’ll do our best to help.
We’ve also posted some useful links (below) to various websites and information about how to stay well and access support during this difficult time. We’ll be adding to these over the coming weeks so please do come back again.
Update on Bariatric Surgery
As a result of Covid19, Salford Royal Foundation Trust are not performing any elective bariatric surgeries until further notice, except for clients requiring urgent surgery due to e.g. cancer/transplant treatment. This decision has been taken as a direct result of the Covid crisis and the need to release beds / NHS capacity.
SRFT are not able to give timescales for resumption of surgery, but it is likely to be at least 6 months and probably longer before any surgery recommences, at which point there will of course be a significant backlog of cases. MoreLife will continue to refer clients who are appropriate for surgery during this time, following our standard clinical protocols, to ensure that all clients are treated equally when surgery does resume.
SRFT have also cancelled the bariatric information sessions until further notice. However, we are looking to run some MoreLife information sessions about bariatric surgery online which our clients on the bariatric pathway will be able to access. We are also looking to pull together other digital resources on this subject so please check back here for updates in the coming weeks.
If you need further information and support about Coronavirus, government advice, benefits, financial support etc. this link takes you to a government webpage with links to all this information:
And this link is to a Greater Manchester Health webpage with more local information on how to look after yourself and your family, including top tips to look after your mental health while staying at home, and links to further support:
New mental health support which has been launched for all Greater Manchester residents:
https://www.gmhsc.org.uk/news/silvercloud/ – Free online mental health support via silvercloud for GM residents
https://www.gmhsc.org.uk/news/new-service-to-provide-mental-health-support-by-text/ – SHOUT – 24/7 mental health text service for GM residents
Links to free online exercise initiatives during covid-19: https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout#join_the_movement
All FAQs relevant to our Greater Manchester Service
Saxenda is a type of medication that comes in injection form and is in the category of a GLP-1 (glucagon like peptide 1). Saxenda is 97% similar to a hormone that we have in our bodies which is released after eating and makes you feel full and satisfied
- It triggers areas of your brain that control appetite and makes you feel fuller and less hungry meaning you eat less.
- It reduced your gastric emptying, meaning the food eaten stays in the stomach longer and therefore smaller portions will make you feel satisfied.
- It also signals to the pancreas and causes a rise in insulin levels and a drop in glucagon levels. This can help reduce blood sugar (glucose) levels after eating.
The aim is to help individuals living with obesity to reduce their body weight between 5-10% and for them to sustain this weight loss. We know that this reduction in weight can have significant improvements on health. It can help reduce blood pressure, dyslipidemia, blood glucose which can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes as well as many other conditions associated with obesity
The individual would have to be referred to their local tier 3 weight management service. Clients will be assessed on an individual basis in line with NICE criteria.
Although it can support a reduction in weight it does need to be used alongside a reduced calorie diet for it to be effective. Taking the medication without making changes to the diet will not result in weight loss and will increase the risk of side effects such as abdominal pain and nausea. This medication can be prescribed for up to 2 years so the individual still really needs to focus on sustainable lifestyle changes that will support long term weight loss/ maintenance.