BOMSS Council member features in ITV programme ‘Weight Loss Ward’

The work of the weight loss unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital – and featuring BOMSS council member and consultant surgeon Peter Small – is being shown on television this month.

The ITV documentary ‘Weight Loss Ward,’ follows Mr Small and his team who undertake 600 operations a year at the unit and focuses on the human stories of some of the patients.

It also shows the specialist equipment necessary to undertake successful and safe bariatric surgery and to provide a good standard of care on the ward for patients.

Mr Small said: “The programmes focus on the patients and how they have to come to terms with all the changes needed to help ensure that surgery is successful. But the programme also reveals the team effort required to help people recover their health.

“It also shows how surgery is a cost-effective option for many, though not all, obese people and the problems facing the health service as an increasing number of people reach unhealthy weights with all the associated co-morbidities.”

Weight Loss Ward, ITV, Wednesday, December 12, 8pm and Wednesday, December 19, 8pm


New National Child Measurement Programme

New National Child Measurement Programme data have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The National Obesity Observatory (NOO) has updated two resources with this new data: 

http://www.noo.org.uk/visualisation/eatlas
·         Child obesity e-atlas 
View data on the prevalence of child obesity at local authority level in England – and compare with regional and national figures
   
http://www.noo.org.uk/slide_sets
·         Slide set on child obesity  
Powerpoint slides of key data and information on child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. 

All publications may be accessed via the NOO website www.noo.org.uk  http://www.noo.org.uk/



Interview with Richard Welbourn

Richard Welbourn, who will take over the presidency of BOMSS in January, has been featured in the new edition of Bariatric News. Mr Welbourn, a senior bariatric surgeon at Musgrove Park Hospital and Nuffield Health Hospital in Taunton, played a key role in the effort to develop the UK’s National Bariatric Surgery Registry, and is currently working on Version 2 of the Tegistry.

He also revealed that BOMSS is hoping to host a major international IFSO meeting in London, possibly in 2017. He added: “We’re also talking about having joint conferences with physicians. We’re aware that politically if we’re going to increase the provision of surgery we’re going to need to have joined-up conversations with all stakeholders.”

http://www.bariatricnews.net/?q=feature/11687/richard-welbourn


Bariatric Fellowship on offer

Through a gift from Professor David Johnston, the Royal College of Surgeons is offering a two-year  surgical fellowship at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg. The intention is to foster links between British and Swedish academic bariatric surgery. The successful fellow will join a research project led by Mr Torsten Olbers in the academic unit of Professor Hans Lonroth, both of whom are well known in the UK.

The fellow will be expected to work towards a higher degree. This is an excellent opportunity for the right individual interested in furthering academic bariatric surgery in the UK and further details can be found here:

http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/surgeons/research/fellowships/rcs-david-johnston-bariatric-research-fellowship


Looking forward to AHP presence in Glasgow

A reminder that the Early Bird Registration rate for the BOMSS 4th Annual Scientific Meeting (Glasgow, January 23-25, 2013) will close on November 30, so benefit from the Early Bird rates by clicking here. The Scientific Programme has much to offer AHPs and includes Training and Education, Metabolic Medicine, and 20/20 Vision – A Multidisciplinary Approach. Speakers include Dr Marco Bueter from Zurich and Dr Karl Miller from Salzburg. An interesting and varied Training Day Programme (January 23) for Surgical Trainees, Dietitians and Specialist Nurses, will be followed by the Annual Trainees’ Lecture and Annual AHP Lecture.

The meeting will also also give AHPs an excellent opportunity for networking and there will be a social programme which includes a drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers and Annual Dinner at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Find out more about the Scientific Programme and Training Day.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow.


Register now for Glasgow

The Early Bird Registration rate for the BOMSS 4th Annual Scientific Meeting (Glasgow, January 23-25, 2013) will close on November 30, so benefit from the Early Bird rates by clicking here.

The BOMSS 2013 Scientific Programme includes Training and Education, Metabolic Medicine, and 20/20 Vision – A Multidisciplinary Approach. Speakers include Dr Marco Bueter from Zurich and Dr Karl Miller from Salzburg. An interesting and varied Training Day Programme (January 23) for Surgical Trainees, Dietitians and Specialist Nurses, will be followed by the Annual Trainees’ Lecture and Annual AHPs Lecture.

The Organising Committee has also put together an excellent social programme which includes a drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers and Annual Dinner at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

Find out more about the Scientific Programme and Training Day.

The call for Abstracts is also open and you can find out more here:  The closing date for the submission of abstracts is 09.00hrs, Friday 30 November.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow.


Abstract Submission for Glasgow opens

Abstract submission for the 4th Annual Scientific Meeting of BOMSS, to be held in Glasgow from 23-25 January,  2013,  is now open. The closing date for submissions is 09.00hrs on Friday, 30 November 2012.

Notification of chosen abstracts will be made by Friday, 7 December 2012 in order to ensure that presented work is as up-to-date and relevant as possible. We recommend people apply for study leave well before this date to ensure they are able to present their work at the meeting.
This year there will again see a BOMSS council prize presentation session in addition to free paper sessions. There will also be a poster section and posters of distinction awarded to the best presented posters. Affiliate members are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation, or both.

Abstract submission should be made via http://www.bomss.org.uk/2013conference/abstract_submission.htm



BOMSS member gives Hunterian oration

BOMSS member Professor Alan Osborne, who works in Bristol gave a very well-received Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Oration at the DDF in Liverpool, speaking on ‘Gut Hormones in Bariatric Surgery.’

Professor Osboure described a study to find out what happens to gut hormones after laparscopic RYGB which measured gut hormone changes post-operatively and changes to appetite and satiety. The results showed a significant decrease in hunger. He also looked at insulin resistance, diabetes adding and quality of life studies. He said: “Bypass surgery provides a fascinating model for the study of metabolic surgery but we need to look beyond weight loss and study diabetic outcomes.”

Prof Osborne also said that looking at the economic impact of surgery showed how bariatric operations saved millions of pounds. He referred to a study of 78 people which showed that before operations they had collectively worked 1,023 hours per week whilst after operations this figure rose to 1,611 hours, a 57% increase. Before bariatric surgery, the patients were claiming 32 different benefits but after surgery this dropped to eight. There was a 75% reduction in disability benefit claims.

Prof Osborne moved on to talk about the incidence of obesity in society compared with the number of bariatric trainee positions around the country He estimated that 50 new consultant posts would results in a £75 million economic saving.

In conclusion, he said: “Bariaric surgery is metabolic surgery. It is cost-effective – patients return to a normal quality of life – and it saves lives.”

 


BOMSS adds its voice to NHS ‘access to treatment’ debate

BOMSS President Alberic Fiennes  was a signatory to a letter which appeared in the Daily Telegraph on June 21 calling for all patients to be treated according to their need and not compromised by financial pressure (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/9345146/The-need-to-broaden-access-to-surgery.html). The letter followed reports that operations were being rationed by the NHS due to financial pressures.

As well as Mr Fiennes, the letter was signed by Professor John MacFie, President, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Professor Norman Williams, President, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, William Allum, President, Association of Upper-Gastrointestinal Surgeons and Professor Joe Dias President, British Orthopaedic Association.

The full text of the letter read as follows:

SIR – Restricted access to surgery is of great concern to surgeons who believe that patients’ treatment should be driven by need based on clinical assessment, and must not be compromised by financial pressure. Most methods to restrict access to surgery use unproven and arbitrary thresholds, which unfairly deny patients some of the most successful operations that improve quality of life.

Delaying patient access to hip and knee replacements and other orthopaedic operations can affect the outcomes of surgery, with evidence that patients are less mobile and suffer more pain if their operation is delayed or denied. Also, any hernia left untreated puts the patient at serious risk should the hernia strangulate, meaning that they would require emergency surgery to address the potentially life-threatening problem.

The compelling evidence that weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is one of the most cost-effective treatments in acute health care cannot be ignored. Severe obesity is a new disease of epidemic proportions and bariatric surgery improves lives and reduces overall health care costs. Restricting access to surgery by raising the threshold on Body Mass Index above the recommendations of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is not in patients’ best interests.

While we recognise resource constraints faced by NHS commissioners, we must not cut front-line services. Decisions about whether to put patients forward for surgery are best left to patients with direct support from their surgeon.

The Telegraph also ran a story in its news pages about the letter: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9344902/Lives-at-risk-due-to-arbitrary-health-rationing-say-surgeons.html

and the original story can be seen here – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9339561/Nine-in-10-health-authorities-rationing-operations.html


IFSO scholarships

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) offers three surgical scholarships each year. Each offers a stipend of $2.500,00 USD plus free registration for IFSO’s annual world congress which, this year, will be held in New Delhi.

Applications must be submitted by June 10, 2012, to secretariat@ifso.com and must follow the guidelines which can be viewed here: http://www.ifso.com/pdfs/ifso-scholarships-guidelines-2012.pdf