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World Class Bariatric Aftercare

About Us

We are a specialist weight management team providing personalised care. Our approach works on the premise that ‘one size does not fit all’. Our medical experts evaluate any underlying medical and/or psychological reasons behind your weight gain or retention and address them conclusively. Our meticulous and tailored approach will help you to succeed in long term weight maintenance. We believe weight loss surgery should be the last resort. When surgery is indicated we provide the best pre and post operative dedicated bariatric programme to ensure long term success.

Biggesthelp, is our global charity arm which will use part of the simplyweight funds to help people who are big and in need of help.

Our mission is to provide a high quality specialist weight management service which is people centred, easily accessible globally and individualised. We aim to be recognised as a centre of excellence, encompassing research and education on all aspects of weight management.

Our team comprises of highly experienced and prominent experts in the field of weight management including Consultant Physicians, surgeons, Clinical Psychologists, Specialist Physiotherapists, Specialist Dietitians, Nutritionists, Fitness trainers and Expert patients.

about_img1 David Locker Specialist Bariatric Nurse
David qualified as an RGN (Dip) from University of York in 1999. He went on to do Health Studies degree at the same university also completing the Independent non-medial prescribers’ course a few years after. In 2007 David completed a Masters Certificate of Advanced Practice in surgical care practice at Imperial College London while he worked as the Colorectal Surgical Nurse Practitioner 2006 - 2008. 2005 – 2011.  David was also a part-time Acute Pain specialist nurse. Since 2008 he have worked as the Advanced Bariatric Surgical Nurse Practitioner within the NHS. Within his role he saw new patients to assess, counsel them on the 3 types of surgery offered locally and instigate the Bariatric Care Pathway. David saw large volume of follow up patients, independently deal with Gastric Bands both in clinic and in X-ray department. He is both first and second assistant in theatre for the surgical procedures and David saw the patients while they are inpatients.
David follows the patient through their entire care episode and is the first point of call for the patients for advice support or concern regarding possible problems or complications. He also co-ordinates the MDT. As an extension of his current role he has helped develop and will lead a Local Tier 3 Weight Management Programme.Since 2013 he has developed an extension of the Bariatric service to include a Bariatric Counsellor and also provide a Behaviour Modification Hypnotherapy service for post-surgery Bariatric patients. David runs special interest in practice for 3rd and 4th year medical students from Hull and York Medical School. He has regularly been part of Audit and part of several research papers.
about_img1 Mr Sanjay Agrawal MBBS, MS, FRCS (Gen. Surg), FASMBS
Mr Sanjay Agrawal is a Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Upper GI Surgeon at Homerton University Hospital in London. He also holds the position of Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London.

Mr Agrawal is designated as ‘Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, SOEMBS’ by Surgical Review Corporation of USA. Worldwide, this is seen as a marker of quality assurance in patient care. He has the honour of being the only Weight-loss/Obesity Surgeon in the UK to achieve this certification. Mr Agrawal has joined Top Doctors UK by invitation and became a member of their international medical team.

As Editor-In-Chief, Mr Agrawal has edited a book titled ‘Obesity, Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery: A Practical Guide’ published in October, 2015 by Springer. The book has clocked approx. 100,000 combined chapter downloads electronically worldwide since its release. Mr Agrawal has had extensive training in UK, Belgium, Japan & India and has an experience of approx. 850 laparoscopic bariatric procedures to date. In addition, he has undertaken more than 2000 general surgical procedures so far. He has made numerous presentations (>100) at national and international meetings as well as multiple publications (>100) in peer-reviewed journals. Mr Agrawal’s main clinical interests are in the surgical management of obesity, including laparoscopic gastric band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery. Mr Agrawal regularly performs surgeries in a number of private hospitals across London (BMI The London Independent Hospital, Stepney Green E1 4NL), Essex (Spire Roding Hospital, Redbridge, IG4 5PZ; Spire Hartswood Hospital, Brentwood CM13 3LE; The Holly Hospital, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5HX; & Nuffield Hospital Brentwood Hospital, Brentwood CM15 8EH) and Hertfordshire (Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow CM21 0HH).


about_img1 Mr. Roger Ackroyd Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
MBChB, MD(Dist), FRCS,
FRCS(Ed), FRCS (Gen Surg)
Director of simplybariatrics
Mr. Ackroyd one of the simplybariatrics directors is a reputed Consultant Bariatric Surgeon working in NHS and the private sector in United Kingdom. He qualified in medicine from Sheffield University (the University of Sheffield)in 1989. He trained in general and upper GI surgery in Sheffield and in Adelaide, South Australia. He was President of the British Obesity Surgery & Metabolic Society (BOMSS) from 2015-2017 and has been on the council of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS). He is an active researcher and has over 100 peer reviewed publications. He is currently the secretary of the British Obesity Surgery & Metabolic Society (BOMSS).

Mr Ackroyd’s surgical practice offers a full range of bariatric procedures, including Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Biliopancreatic Diversion/Duodenal Switch, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Intragastric Balloon insertion and Revisional Surgery.

about_img1 Dr. Raj Consultant Physician, Obesity,
Diabetes and Endocrinology
MBBS, FRCP, MSC
Director of simplybariatrics
Dr Rajeswaran is one of the Directors of simplyweight Ltd. He works as a Consultant Physician in NHS and leads the weight management service in Kirklees and Wakefield, West Yorkshire, U.K.  He also provides specialist advice to adult weight management service in Essex, U.K.  He has a special interest in diabetes and Obesity and is involved in a number of research projects. 

He is the founding Chair of National Diabesity Forum and the Editor in Chief of the journal, Diabesity in practice.  He supports simplyweight and biggest help on their global projects.
about_img1 Miss. Corinne Owers Specialist Registrar in
General Surgery and
Clinical Research Fellow
MBChB, MRCS, PGDipMedEd
Miss Owers is a Specialist Registrar in General Surgery, training to be an obesity Surgeon. She qualified from Sheffield University in 2006 and gained a PhD in bariatric surgery in 2017.  For this, she studied how patients cope with the lifestyle changes needed after weight loss surgery, and designed an educational course for patients to go on before surgery. She also holds a Masters degree in Medical Education.

As well as training to do the operations, she has a large interest in weight loss surgery research with a number of peer reviewed publications, and therefore co-ordinates the research done by our team.
about_img1 Mrs. Nerissa Walker Registered Specialist
Dietitian
BSc(Hons), RD, PGDip.MSc
Nerissa Walker BSc (Hons) RD PG Dip. MSc. Registered Specialist Dietitian. Nerissa qualified as a dietitian from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1999.

She has worked as a specialist dietitian in bariatric surgery and complex obesity both privately and within the NHS since 2001. She has developed and led the Sheffield dietetic bariatric surgery and obesity services both privately and within the NHS in Sheffield during this time.  She set up one of the first bariatric surgery patient support groups and pre-operative education sessions for patients in the UK, which other centres have since followed.

Nerissa is an active member of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) developing bariatric dietary resources for people before and after bariatric surgery. She also provides bariatric surgery education and training to dietitians locally and nationally. She is also a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA), National Obesity Forum (NOF) and an affiliate member of the Association for Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS). She also chairs the Yorkshire and Humber bariatric dietitians group.

Nerissa has an extensive clinical knowledge and experience of the dietary and nutritional management of people following bariatric surgery.  Nerissa is a dedicated and supportive dietitian, to ensure clients receive individualised high quality, evidence/best practice based dietary treatment to meet their nutritional and health needs.
about_img1 Mrs. Louise Hague MENTAL HEALTH
BARIATRIC NURSE SPECIALIST,
RMN,
Louise is a Master Practitioner in eating disorders and obesity with diplomas in psychological interventions for eating disorders, nutritional interventions for eating disorders and essential obesity.  She is also a practitioner in EFT (emotional freedom technique). 

Following bariatric surgery behavioural change is essential to achieve long term success. Louise works with patients to motivate and break down barriers, enabling long term positive changes in behaviour. 

Food is often used as a way of managing uncomfortable emotions, whether that is, for example: anxiety, low mood, stress, relationship difficulties, self sabotage, dealing with guilt, shame or past traumas. Food can help induce feelings of calmness and is often used as a method of self soothing. Louise helps our patients find alternative psychologically healthier ways of dealing with these uncomfortable emotions.