"I am optimistic that I will maintain my weight loss"

About: Live Life Better Derbyshire / Community Weight Management

(as the patient),

I was referred to the live life better service because I was distressed about my weight. I had been to my GP several times and had varying degrees of empathy about my distress. I think this was because I knew that I was desperate for help but had difficulty in articulating my need.

The service was non-judgemental and initially I talked and they listened. This was the key for me, I was able to organise my thoughts without offers of help and “solutions” to my problems. If I requested information, it was there, otherwise I was left to form my own weight loss plan. The on-going support for 2 years has been vital. I actually think that I may have made some real changes in my relationship with food. I am optimistic that I will maintain my weight loss of over 4 stone.

Thank you NHS without this help I would have most likely ended up diabetic, immobile and clinically depressed.

Thank you Caroline and Darren for listening without judgement. I am in your debt

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Response from Rachel Holt, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of working with the Live Life Better Derbyshire specialist weight management team. It is good to hear that you felt the direction and control over your weight loss plan was yours and that the team provided you with the information and support you needed. We aim to support our clients to feel that they are 'in the driving seat' of their weight loss programme and can then work with different members of our team to get the right type and pace of change as they work towards their weight loss goals. I am so pleased that you worked hard, got what you needed and have achieved such great results in terms of your weight loss and also your confidence in maintaining this into the future. With our very best wishes; I shall make sure to pass on your thanks.

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