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Dr Emma Shuttlewood

BSc(Hons), D.Clin.Psy., CPsychol

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Shuttlewood is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of weight management, diabetes and bariatric surgery for over 10 years both within the NHS and private practice.

She has worked in a range of physical health and mental health services across the South of England and the Midlands, completing her clinical psychology doctorate at Oxford University in 2010.

Dr Shuttlewood is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the British Obesity and Bariatric Surgery Society (BOMSS).

She is on the BPS Obesity-Special Interest Group’s committee and an Integrated Health Professional Representative on the BOMSS council.


Dr Shuttlewood is the lead psychologist for the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s NHS Trust’s Weight Management Services. She offers psychological consultation to the Reed Wellbeing Ltd’s development of primary care weight and lifestyle support programmes for the North of England. She is also an associate with the Verve Health Group offering her expertise in assessments for the different treatment options and ongoing psychological care within weight management.

Personal Statement

Excess weight is an unintended consequence of both external and internal factors for most people. Many of these factors are outside of one’s control and I am therefore incredibly passionate about reducing the shame and blame around weight difficulties within all aspects of health care and beyond. I aim to use psychologically informed care to work with the individual and my multidisciplinary colleagues to find the most helpful way forward.

In my clinical practice, I enjoy using a holistic mixture of compassionate and solution focused approaches to support individuals to reduce their weight and improve their health. I aim to empower people to develop an acceptance and forgiveness around their attempts to cope with life’s challenges to date and recognise the factors contributing to their current difficulties. Together, we then explore how to move forward, experiment with alternative ways to improve health and consider how different treatment options, such as medication and bariatric surgery, might be used to support a healthier and better quality of life.

I can struggle at times to ‘practice what I preach’ but try to use yoga, running, quilt making and my family as sources of distraction and pleasure to support me to lead a healthy life.

Relevant Publications

Abbott, S. et al (2023) "Is it time to throw out the weighing scales?” Implicit weight bias among healthcare professionals working in bariatric surgery services and their attitude towards non weight focused approaches. eClinicalMedicine, 55 (101770).

Hanson, P. et al (2022) The role of mindfulness training in sustaining weight reduction: retrospective cohort analysis. BJ Psych Open, 8 (6), E198.

Leyden et al (2020) Older age does not influence the success of weight loss through the implementation of lifestyle modification. Clinical Endocrinology, 94(2), 204-209.

Hanson, P. et al (2019) Application of mindfulness in a tier 3 obesity service improves eating behaviour and facilitates successful weight loss. Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, 104 (3), 793-800.

Patel, C. et al (2018) Food parenting practices among parents with overweight and obesity: A systematic review. Nutrients, 10 (12), 1966.

Hanson, P. et al (2018) Application of mindfulness in a tier 3 obesity service improves eating behaviour and facilitated successful weight loss. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 104 (3), 793-800.

Shuttlewood, E. & Nash, J. (2016) A solution-focused approach to diabetes-related distress.

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