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
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”
SAXENDA ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Please note a GP referral is required to access Saxenda. We are unable to offer self-referrals.
- BMI < 35 (40 kg/m2 in Bury)
- Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (defined as a haemoglobin A1c level of 42 mmol/mol to 47 mmol/mol [6.0% to 6.4%] or a fasting plasma glucose level of 5.5 mmol/litre to 6.9 mmol/litre)
- High risk of cardiovascular disease based on risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidaemia (total cholesterol >5 mmol/L or systolic blood pressure >140 mmHg or HDL <1.0 mmol/L (men) or <1.3 mmol/L (women)
- Prescribed in secondary care by a specialist multidisciplinary tier 3 weight management service
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.