NICE to focus on obesity

The quality standards programme for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will be substantially broadened to cover topics affecting public health, including obesity.

NICE will work with experts from Public Health England to initially develop three new public health quality standards.
The standards will cover strategies to prevent obesity in adults and children, reducing tobacco use in the community and preventing harmful alcohol use.

The majority of people in England are currently either overweight or obese, which increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers and costs the NHS more than £5 billion per year.

The new quality standards will be based on existing public health guidance produced by NICE and will consist of a set of statements designed to drive and measure improvements in healthcare.

They follow the introduction of new public health responsibilities for local authorities which came into effect in April 2013.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE said: “We are very pleased to have been asked to produce public health quality standards.

“They will be a valuable tool for local authorities as they take on their new public health functions, and for Public Health England. By bridging the interface across health, social care and public health, NICE public health quality standards will help support integration across the three sectors.

“They will also ensure that those responsible for commissioning services will have access to the complete picture of what “

New Council member announced

Consultant surgeon Mr Marco Adamo has been elected to the BOMSS Council and will take up office from September. BOMSS Treasurer Mr Roger Ackroyd said: “I am sure everyone will join me in congratulating Mr Marco Adamo on his successful appointment to Council and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

BOMSS unveils new professionals standards

BOMSS has produced new standards aimed at helping surgeons achieve the highest possible level of conduct in bariatric practice.

The BOMSS Code of Ethics and the BOMSS Professional Standards Document set standards for bariatric specialists in this challenging area of surgery and health care.

The guidelines can be seen at: ( and
Both sets of guidance will be reviewed in 2015.

Mr Richard Welbourn, the President of BOMSS, said: “I am delighted to announce the publication of the BOMSS Code of Ethics and the BOMSS Professional Standards Document.

“Bariatric surgery is challenging due to the large size of patients, restricted laparoscopic access and the unique physiology of the severely obese. Weight loss and metabolic surgery requires advanced skills and specific training and is already carried out to an extremely high standard in the UK. We are working to ensure the highest standards of care are carried forward.”

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowships 2013

Ethicon, part of Johnson and Johnson Medical Limited, are pleased to confirm that it will be supporting six, twelve month Bariatric and Metabolic fellowships from October 2013. These fellowships, supported by an unconditional grant from Johnson and Johnson, are highly popular.

Applications are invited for Fellowships in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at North Tyneside, Sunderland, UCH London, Luton, Imperial and Taunton. (Fellowships RCS Eng Approved). Fellowships will run for a period of twelve months and will commence October 2013. Click on the document below to find out more information:

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowships 2013

BOMSS Bariatric Fellowships 2014

The British Obesity and Metabolic Surgical Society (BOMSS) with the generous financial support of Ethicon Endo Surgery are pleased to be able to offer four Bariatric fellowships of 12 months duration commencing October 2014. The national fellowship programme has been in place for 6 years and has the educational approval of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Fellowships are hosted in Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton, University College Hospital London, Sunderland Royal Hospital and North Tyneside Hospital Tyne and Wear.Please see the full job descriptions below:

Please apply by submitting a curriculum vitae, a letter of support from your current consultant and your reasons for applying for the fellowship, along with the completed Fellowship Preference Form to:

Miss Sarvjit Madhar,
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35/43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields,
London, WC2A 3PE

T:  020 7304 4773      F: 020 7430 9235
E: sarvjit@augis.orgDates to note:
Friday 14th March 2014     Closing date for Applications
Friday 21st March 2014     Successful candidates will be informed.
Friday 4th April 2014          Interviews held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England

BOMSS gathers in Glasgow

World-class surgeons and allied health professionals will gather in Glasgow next week for the 4th Annual Meeting of BOMSS (January 24-25).

National and international speakers will address the conference on a range of key topics around obesity and bariatric surgery. Subjects covered will include metabolic surgery for diabetes, weight-loss surgery training in the UK, multi-disciplinary working and the European experience.

Professor Duff Bruce, BOMSS Council member, consultant surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and lead organiser for the Scientific Meeting, said: “I’m delighted to welcome so many experts to Scotland. Weight-loss surgery is the most clinically effective, safe and cost-effective treatment available for many patients with severe obesity-related diseases.

“BOMSS’ UK-wide National Registry (NBSR) outcomes have been congruent with international data, suggesting that 85% of surgically-treated type 2 diabetics had benefitted and had stopped medications by two years after their procedure.”

Click here to register for the conference:

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:
·         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
·         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

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.”

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: