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.



Abstract submission for the DDF is open

Abstracts for the DDF – June 22-25, 2015 – are welcome on a range of topics, for both oral and poster presentation.

Topics include: Endoscopy (including video), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Liver (basic science, clinical science, liver cancer, transplant and viral hepatitis), Oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas and neuroendocrine, small bowel and nutrition, colon and anorectum (including colorectal cancer diagnosis and prevention / screening for BCSP), neurogastroenterology: functional disorders, motility and clinical physiology, gastroenterology service: development, delivery, IT, education and training.

To submit an abstract, visit the dedicated page here.

BOMSS welcomes updated NICE Guidance

BOMSS welcomes updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on eligibility for bariatric surgery (published on November 27).

The new guidance strengthens the focus on people with Type 2 diabetes. It states that those who have been diagnosed in the past decade and have a BMI over 35 should be assessed for surgery. The guidelines also suggest doctors should consider those with a BMI of 30 or more on a case-by-case basis.

BOMSS strongly endorses access to surgery for people with diabetes with appropriate follow-up, the involvement of physicians and the use of a shared care model of chronic disease management.

Mr Richard Welbourn, president of BOMSS and one of the experts who advised NICE on the updated guidance, says: “Surgery can be a powerful treatment for diabetes. There are published data on 26,000 surgical patients with impressive recovery from diabetes and functional status with those who have had diabetes for the shortest period recovering quickest.” (UK data from the NBSR – ).

The 2014 NBSR report, which was released on November 10 showed that 65.1% of patients with Type 2 diabetes at the point of surgery showed no indication of diabetes two years after surgery and were able to stop their diabetic medications – a cost saving to the health service.

Mr Welbourn added: “Bariatric surgery improves people’s health and also saves on healthcare costs.”

BOMSS also supports lifestyle interventions such as dieting to improve diabetes control and possibly reduce medications for some patients. But data shows that 70% of bariatric patients cannot climb three flights of stairs so are not physically able to exercise their weight away.