BOMSS welcomes study which shows that bariatric surgery can cut the risk of diabetes and heart attacks as well as help weight loss

Mr Roger Ackroyd, President of BOMSS, has welcomed the findings of a major study which shows that bariatric surgery can help curb the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks as well as aiding weight loss.

Research led by scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine compared rates of obesity-associated illnesses in 3,882 weight-loss surgery patients with those who had not undergone the procedure.

They found that over three-and-a-half years, surgery significantly improved existing Type 2 diabetes and lowered high blood pressure.

Applying the findings to the 1.4million Britons believed to be morbidly obese, the study in the journal PLOS Medicine said surgery could prevent 80,000 cases of high blood pressure, 40,000 cases of type 2 diabetes and 5,000 heart attacks over four years.

Mr Ackroyd said: “We welcome the findings of this important study. It shows that bariatric surgery can be an effective treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure while also cutting the number of heart attacks, all of which have serious implications for people’s health and represent a heavy financial burden for the health service.”

It is the largest comprehensive investigation of bariatric surgery – spanning around four years in nearly 8,000 patients.

The researchers looked at 3,882 patients who underwent weight loss surgery and compared them with an identical number who did not have surgery.

Gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding were all included in the study – and all led to a significant and sustained weight loss of between 20kg and 48kg.

The weight stayed off which, in turn, significantly lowered people’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, angina and heart attacks.

All surgery carries risks, however, and so people should only be offered surgery if attempts to lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity have already been tried and not worked, they add.

Lead researcher Dr Ian Douglas, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The results are really encouraging. Obviously we would love to help people lose weight in other ways, through exercise and healthy diets, but that’s difficult. Diets do not always work well for everyone.”


Bariatric Fellowships – apply now

Applications are invited from surgeons with full GMC registration for Clinical Fellowships in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, administered by Phoenix Health ( under the supervision of Professor David Kerrigan. Phoenix Health delivers bariatric surgery in partnership with two NHS Foundation Trusts; NHS work accounts for approximately 70% of our clinical activity. The Phoenix Fellowship programme is now in its 8th year and has a solid reputation for high quality hands-on training and clinical research.

Duration:                   6 or 12 months

Start Date:                 1 April 2016

Location:  Post A: Countess of Chester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chester.

Post B: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.

Person Spec: Applicants are expected to possess experience in laparoscopic fundoplication and/or intracorporeal suturing, to have meticulous clinical standards and an excellent work ethic.

Job Description:  Each of the two units will treat approximately 300 NHS/self-funding patients per year. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work in both units during their Fellowship programme.

Fellows are responsible for supervised day-to-day ward and outpatient care of patients and will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of bariatric surgery, including supervised hands-on laparoscopic training. It is expected that Fellows will be able to independently perform gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy by the end of the attachment.

Fellows will be encouraged to contribute to our active clinical research programme and receive mentoring in clinical research methodology.

A tax-free Educational Bursary equivalent to £2,500 per month will be awarded to successful applicants for the duration of their Fellowship.

Interested applicants should apply electronically with a CV and covering letter explaining their interest/experience in bariatric surgery which includes the names of two referees to Professor David Kerrigan, CEO Phoenix Health at

Closing Date:   Midnight, Friday, 20 November 2015

Interview Date:        Friday, 27 November 2015


BOMSS 2016 – call for abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 7th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting is Monday 16 November. You can submit your abstract online by clicking here. 

The 7th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting takes place from  27 – 29 January, 2016 at the City Hall, Cardiff. Registration for the two-day meeting includes entrance to the Gala Dinner on Thursday 27 January, 2016.

The BOMSS Training Day for trainee surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals will take place on Wednesday, 27 January 2016.

BOMSS has negotiated competitive rates with a variety of hotels in Cardiff city centre and you can benefit from these rates by clicking here and booking via MICE Concierge.

Visit the BOMSS 2016 Microsite We look forward to seeing you at in Cardiff!


Register for BOMSS 2016!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 7th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting which will take place from 27 – 29 January 2016 in Cardiff.

The 7th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society will be held at the beautiful Cardiff City Hall based in Cardiff city centre and a short walk from hotels, shops and restaurants.

The BOMSS Local Organising Committee, chaired by Mr Jon Barry, has put together a full programme and Mr Sean Woodcock will be providing an educational Training Day for trainee surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals on Wednesday, 27 January.

Registration for the two-day meeting will include entrance to the Gala Dinner on Thursday, 27 January 2016. To benefit from the Early Bird rate please ensure that you register before the 1 December.



Upper GI Training Day – save the date

Thursday 1 – Friday 2 October 2015, The Park Plaza, Nottingham
A two-day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus aimed at ST3 – 8.

  • Key HPB, OG & Bariatric ISCP curriculum topics
  • FRCS viva practice
  • Parallel session for post FRCS trainees with consultant job advice
  • Key UGI trials
  • Technical advice sessions

The faculty will include leading UK experts including past and present from the AUGIS Council.
Registration opens soon

Looking ahead to IFSO 2017

BOMSS will host the IFSO World Congress in London at the QE2 Conference Centre opposite the Houses of Parliament from 29 August – 2 September, 2017. We first alerted members a year ago asking for expressions of interest in planning and delivering the programme.

Although a good number replied, the society has rapidly expanded since then and it seems right to repeat the exercise so that the conference will be inclusive of all UK and Ireland members.

Email or a member of Council with your renewed expressions of interest and brief ideas for what you would like to see in the Congress. We are confident that we can demonstrate how to run a high-quality scientific congress for all of IFSO .

Could you host BOMSS 2017 and 2018?

The 2016 BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Cardiff.  We are now looking for expressions of interest from anyone wishing to host the Annual Scientific Meetings  in January 2017 and January 2018. If you are interested in hosting this event, please email Sarvjit in the BOMSS office at with any expressions of interest by Wednesday, 25 March. We will invite you to present your chosen venue to the BOMSS Council on Thursday 16 April.

Criteria for hosting a BOMSS Meeting

The Meeting takes place on the 3rd week on January and runs from Wednesday to Friday.

The Venue – we are looking for a Hotel conference venue with 350 bedrooms. The current formula is: all delegates and industry are able to stay in same hotel. We want to continue and encourage this, therefore hotel room prices should be negotiable (easier in January) to a level which allows everyone to stay in same venue. A range of alternative hotel accommodation (if necessary) must be within walking distance of main Hotel.

Trade Exhibition

·         Minimum Trade Exhibition space of 400sqm²
·         Set up on Wednesday
·         Breakdown on Friday, after lunch.

BOMSS Training Day

·         This takes place on Wednesday and is sponsored event.

·         3 – 4 breakout rooms are required for the whole day.

·         It would be beneficial if the Training Day is serviced by a separate entrance.

·          This year there were 100 Training Day delegates.

The Scientific Programme

·         Main conference: Plenary room for 400

·         3 x breakout rooms to hold: 150/100/150delegates

·         Additional rooms available for Industry sponsored sessions or workshops 


·         Drinks reception and Gala Dinner in Hotel up to 300 people

·         Council Dinner venue up to 25 people

·         Trainee’s Dinner venue up to 100 people

Transport links

·         Good links by train, road and air.

BOMSS hails delay in CCG service transfer

BOMSS has expressed relief that plans to transfer control of commissioning weight loss surgery to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been delayed.

BOMSS was concerned that the proposed transfer was being pushed through too quickly and would have impacted negatively on both patient care and access to cost-effective treatment.

Objections from BOMSS echoed those of the NHS Clinical Commissioners – the independent membership organisation of CCGs.

This week NHS England announced that the transfer of services would be halted and instead it launched a consultation into how it will prioritise which specialised services and treatments to invest in. It directly commissions around 145 specialised services and will consult on which of these it will continue to fund.

Mr Roger Ackroyd, the new president of BOMSS, says: “We were concerned about the transfer of commissioning to CCGs so quickly and without any clear evidence that the change would result in improved patient care.

“Surgery referrals are likely to have fallen and access to effective treatment made even more difficult for severely obese patients.”

BOMSS will now work to ensure that statutory safeguards to protect morbidly obese patients from inequality of access to NHS treatment are put in place before any new transfer plans are announced.

BOMSS calls for CCG service transfer to be delayed for year

BOMSS has submitted objections to plans to transfer control of commissioning weight loss surgery to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) by April. It is worried that the plans are being pushed through too quickly and could impact on both patient care and access to cost-effective treatment.

The objections echo those of the NHS Clinical Commissioners – the independent membership organisation of CCGs – which has complained to NHS England about the proposals to transfer responsibility for morbid obesity services (and renal dialysis) to CCGs by April, saying they do not give CCGs time to plan effective services for patients.

Mr Richard Welbourn, president of BOMSS says: “If the transfer of services is handed over in haste in just a few months we are worried that in the inevitable chaos that will result, surgery referrals will fall which will make access to effective treatment even more difficult for severely obese patients and may even threaten the viability of some NHS bariatric units”.

“We recognise that many have little sympathy for obese individuals getting bariatric surgery on the NHS and that prejudice against people who are severely overweight is widespread, but we have shown that bariatric surgery very quickly gives people their health back and actually reduces the national healthcare bill.

“Any reduction in the NHS weight-loss surgery service would end up costing the taxpayer much more in other health costs as untreated patients consume huge amounts of NHS resource treating conditions such as diabetes and other serious disabilities caused by obesity.”

BOMSS is calling for the transfer of commissioning responsibility to be delayed for a year until April 2016 to allow enough time to introduce statutory safeguards which will protect morbidly obese patients from inequality of access to NHS treatment.

It wants NHS England to retain overall responsibility in a co-commissioning arrangement with CCGs from April 2015 to April 2016 and that commissioning practice during this transition period adheres strictly to current practice and the national service specification.