Wendy

NHS Weight Management Specialist

Wendy recently recieved the 2012 Nurse institute award for services to nursing, notably for the recent work done with her weight management/obesity. She was also runner up in Nurse of the year award 2012 and is currently undertaking her Masters degree in weight management and obesity. Read her story below:

Once a qualified nurse and midwife, Wendy went on to study for a degree in counseling and communication which led her on to work as a health visitor focusing on smoking cessation and weight loss. In 2002 Wendy set up her own weight management clinic which she has developed to explore cognitive understanding, neuro-linguistic programming and cognitive behavioural therapy.  The clinic incorporates the use of pharmacotherapy and pre-surgical counselling for clients who wish to consider bariatric surgery and she was recently awarded Nurse Institute Award for services to nursing for this.

Following my qualification in nursing, I worked in the intensive care unit at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. After qualifying as a midwife at the Royal London, I worked in North Carolina, USA with children with special learning issues. This invoked my interest in communication skills.

On my return, I worked as a midwife in the community, in London and then Stafford. I undertook a diploma in counselling and communication. In 1997, I studied for my degree, and then I worked as a health visitor, focusing on lifestyle changes mainly smoking cessation and weight management. In 2002 I set up a weight management clinic in Stafford in a primary care setting. During the last few years, I have developed the clinic to explore cognitive understanding, neuro-linguistic programming and cognitive behavioural therapy. The clinic incorporates the use of pharmacotherapy and pre-surgical counselling for clients who wish to consider bariatric surgery.

My vision for weight management is hugely misunderstood. It is a multi-faceted issue and does not have any easy solution. No two people have the same weight management history and no two people have the same answer. I believe that the benefits of the 21st century lifestyle have caused the weight management problems that we have today. Individuals need support to face these issues and identifying the causal factors is only half the battle. It is not enough to then want to lose the weight it is important to understand the reasons why. Only then will you have enough energy to even start the journey.