What is the National Bariatric Surgery Registry and why is it important?

The number of people receiving bariatric / metabolic surgery and after-care has increased dramatically across the UK – and the developed world generally – in the past 20 years.

It is important that information is gathered on the number and type of bariatric operations to help to show the effectiveness of bariatric surgery and to assist decision-makers to plan services and provide patients with the best possible care over the coming years.

The National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBRS) was set up in 2009 to collect information on bariatric surgery and was the first comprehensive, prospective, nationwide analysis of outcomes from bariatric surgery in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The role of the NBSR is to collect information about every patient’s operation and their follow-up care, all aimed at ensuring quality improvements and safe surgery and also to comply with the requirements of NHS England.

The National Bariatric Surgery Registry is part of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), plus database specialists Dendrite Clinical Systems.

Data entry for surgeons became mandatory for NHS patients on 1 April 2013.

See headline data from the Third NBSR Report, published on September 1, 2017. For more information on 2016/17 outcomes see here

The full Third NBSR report will be released in autumn 2018. This will involve an updated data set – adding patient identifiers (NHS numbers), HbA1c and EQ5D quality of life measurements – which will help with making outcomes more patient-centred (which also fits with the HQIP mandate). We hope to get funding to develop this so that the NBSR can work even more positively for the image of bariatric surgery.

NBSR Information for Patients 

The 2nd NBSR report was published on November 10, 2014. View an extract  here: Extract from the 2014_NBSR Report