Dr Yitka Graham is the National Research Lead for BOMSS. She is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services and NHS Engagement at the University of Sunderland. She holds an Honorary Specialist Lead, Health Services Research post at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in the Bariatric Surgical Unit.

Dr Graham is also the Speciality Group Lead for Health Services Research for the National Institute for Health Research North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network.

Dr Graham’s role is to oversee the strategic development of research across all BOMSS members in all of the UK bariatric surgical units.

She will work with The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The NIHR was established by the Department of Health and Social Care and

  • Funds high quality research to improve health
  • Trains and supports health researchers
  • Provides world-class research facilities
  • Works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all
  • Involves patients and the public at every step.

The Surgery Specialty  is one of 30 specialties which bring together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise.  It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners who work at national and local levels to ensure studies included in the national portfolio of research are delivered successfully in the NHS. “Successfully” means ensuring that studies recruit the right amount of patients within planned timescales.

The Research Design Service (RDS) provides support to health and social care researchers across England on all aspects of developing a grant application, including research design, research methods, identifying funding sources and involving patients and the public. Its advice is confidential and free of charge.

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Dr Graham’s important work on obesity, bariatric surgery and guilt can be seen here –