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Adult Weight Management Training

1 Day Virtual Adult Weight Management Training Course

This course is being updated for online delivery and is currently unavailable.

Course Summary

Delivered by Dympna Pearson and Clare Grace [authors of Weight Management A practitioners Guide], this course delivers a succinct update on current evidence, and the challenges of its practical application. It is conveniently delivered in one day and will include important take home messages that can be applied to everyday practice. Programme highlights include what and how to assess, evidenced based dietary treatments, reflecting on attitudes and stigma, community support for the bariatric patient and measuring service outcomes.

An essential weight management update for practitioners working in tier 2 and 3 providing an overview of the latest evidence and its practical application.


Dietary modification is central to weight management and remains important when drug therapy or surgical treatment are deemed appropriate. Given that dietitians play such a pivotal role in the design and delivery of weight management services it is important we are confident in our knowledge of the latest evidence and it’s practical application. This day will conveniently summarise the latest research while providing an opportunity to reflect on practice, share expertise and consider how common challenges may be overcome.

The course provides a solid foundation for further training in weight management.


  • Why treat & who to treat?
  • Ensuring a structured approach
  • Current evidence
  • Assessment – what to include
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Exploring treatment Options & agreeing a way forward
  • Influencing motivation
  • Dietary Strategies used in the Treatment of Obesity [Including High Protein/Low CHO, 5:2, Meal Replacements & Very Low Energy Diets]
  • Moving from inactivity to activity
  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Medications used in the treatment of obesity
  • Follow up & review
  • Pre/post bariatric surgery patients
  • Weight maintenance & long term care

Teaching Methods

Learning activities: These will include lectures, interactive discussions, video demonstrations, case studies and role play.

Prior to the study day participants will be invited to anonymously complete an online knowledge quiz tailored to assess areas of knowledge related to the learning outcomes. This will be repeated following completion of the training, to help assess the effectiveness of the teaching.

Course Aim

To update participant’s knowledge, understanding and confidence in the management of obesity in the tier 2 & 3 settings.

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline how negative attitudes towards obese people can impact on care.
  • Identify the key elements of assessment and how these are linked to measurable outcomes.
  • Summarise the latest evidence based dietary, physical activity and pharmacological treatments, the outcomes they are likely to achieve, and the clinical scenarios where they may be most suitable.
  • Explain how behavior change skills and motivational approaches can be integrated into the consultation.
  • Define approaches which support weight maintenance.
  • Explain the key elements of dietetic care for the bariatric patient with a particular focus on the care of the bariatric patient in the community.


Professionals working in Tier 2 and 3 services to include: doctors, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, physiotherapists, exercise specialist and non-clinical practitioners.

2 days

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Patient Centred Communication

A 2-day workshop presented to healthcare professionals, which will focus on the communication skills essential for effective conversations about health. These role-play workshops, supported by video playback, provide the opportunity for individual feedback to enhance development.

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Behaviour Change Skills Part 2

Influencing Motivation

This training aims to enhance current practice, by exploring ways of building and strengthening motivation to change and maintaining that motivation throughout the change process. Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used successfully in a wide range of health behaviours.

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Behaviour Change Skills Part 3

Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

This course builds on Behaviour Change Skills Part 1 and 2 and is aimed to enhance your clinical effectiveness by learning to integrate some of the basic CBT techniques into everyday practice. It is a skills-based programme which is supported by a comprehensive 1 day pre-course.

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