What is the British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS)?

We are a professional society of surgeons involved in obesity management. Membership of the society includes medical professionals and allied health professionals including specialist nurses, dieticians, psychologists and dieticians. BOMSS aims to promote the development of high quality centres for obesity surgery, to educate and train future obesity surgeons and practitioners…Learn More »

BOMSS Professional Standards and Commissioning Guidance

Updated May 2019

The BOMSS Service Standards and Commissioning Guidance (‘Providing Bariatric Surgery – BOMSS Standards for Clinical Services & Guidance on Commissioning’) and the accompanying BOMSS Professional Standards Document were published in 2012. They are comprehensive documents setting out a consensus view of what at that time constituted the principles that underpin safe, high quality bariatric surgical practice.

It was the stated intention of the 2012 guidance that they should be reviewed and, if necessary, updated on a regular basis to ensure that they remained relevant to modern practice. This publication is the first such update and addresses three areas; (i) the composition of the bariatric MDT; (ii) the mandatory requirement for on-site level 2/3 critical care facilities and (iii) surgeon and unit volume. Revised advice on the requirement for on-site critical care facilities has been issued after major input from SOBA (the Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia).

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From the President

David Kerrigan
BOMSS President

The UK Bariatric Surgery Registry is one of the outstanding achievements of past BOMSS Council members. It contains data on over 60,000 patients and has clearly demonstrated that modern weight loss operations are highly effective and safe, with the potential to save the health service money by reducing the burden of diseases associated with obesity. So why is the annual volume of NHS-commissioned bariatric surgery – at under 6,000 operations a year – 5- 10 times less than most European countries?

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Our Meetings

5th BOMSS Expert Meeting

21 – 25 March 2020
Hotel Col Alto
Corvara, Dolomites, Italy

The British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society invites you to join us for the BOMSS Expert Meeting in the beautiful Italian Dolomites in March 2020

See the film to find out more about the meeting by clicking here.

 Registration rates

  • Consultant Members: £180                         
  • Consultant Non-Members: £220
  • AHP Members: £25                     
  • AHP Non-Members:  £50

Half board accommodation (for 4 nights) is £700 based on 2 people sharing.

The final programme will be available shortly

Places are limited and to register online please click here

IFSO Cook Book now available

You can purchase the IFSO Cook Book for €20 Euros (please note this does not include postage and packaging  – shipping costs which will vary depending on the country being shipped to). Please email info@ifso.com for more details and to order.

Latest news

BOMSS recently worked on the 2019 Health Awareness: Weight Management campaign. A printed publication was enclosed within every copy of the Guardian newspaper and the content is available online at www.healthawareness.co.uk/weight-management

The campaign featured exclusive content from key thought leaders and industry voices about the impact of the sugar tax, benefits of technology within health care, education on managing type 2 diabetes, and showcasing surgical solutions.

You can view some of the article here Stigma of Obesity Article.


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