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).
From the 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?
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 email@example.com for more details and to order.
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.
- David’s story – with Professor Kerriganwww.channel4.com/programmes/shut-ins-britains-fattest-people
- Position statement on OTC supplements
- People first language
- Trainee update
- RCGP – managing obesity as a GP
- Shaw Somers talks bariatric surgerywith Vanessa Feltz
- David Kerrigan featured in the Sunday Mirror
- COP 2016/17 has been published
- AUGIS newsletter
- Shaw Somers writes in the Daily Mail about the benefits of bariatric surgery
- BOMSS made a significant contribution to the recent meeting of the APPG on Obesity, which focused on the proficiency and accessibility of obesity treatment services. Policy-makers, clinical experts, healthcare professionals and patients met in London to discuss current obesity service provision and what could be done to improve services.