Your society is committed to increasing the number of bariatric and metabolic operations carried out annually to around 20,000 over the next 5 years. Prof Rachel Batterham is working tirelessly with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Obesity & the Obesity Health Alliance to support this initiative. APPG recently commissioned a report entitled ‘The current landscape of obesity services’ which will further this cause. Obesity Empowerment Network (OEN) made a good case for bariatric surgery in a recent BBC sponsored programme. IFSO 2017 generated a substantial surplus for the society. Careful consideration is being given to the best way to utilise this incorporating the interests of everyone concerned within the field, most importantly our patients. Dr Yitka Graham has been appointed asBOMSSnationalresearchlead,Yitka is undertaking a huge piece of work mapping research activities currently undertaken in various bariatric units, surveying BOMSS members, setting up a research section on our website along with looking at resources available within NIHR etc. This will help develop a research strategy with timeframes, she will be reporting to BOMSS council quarterly and attending alternate meetings. NBSR continues to generate high quality data showcasing benefits of bariatric and metabolic surgery. Version 2 upgrade incorporating NHS numbers will be coming on line within the next few weeks. Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP) 2017 has been delayed by a few months partly due to the work relating to Version 2 upgrade, and we hope to publish this in the summer followed by publication of COP 2018 within a few months thereafter working closely with Healthcare Quality Innovation Partnership (HQIP). Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) are very interested in working with NBSR and BOMSS to ensure high quality outcome data are generated for patients treated in the private sector. We hope that reporting of all bariatric activity in the private sector will become mandatory in the near future. NBSR continues to be the leading contributor to IFSO global registry. Peter Small has stepped in to the crucial role of ‘Interim Chair’ of NBSR and we look forward to his commitment and enthusiasm to take NBSR to greater heights. We work very closely with AUGIS and look forward to the joint meeting in 2020. AUGIS 2018 in Edinburgh will have the customary bariatric free paper session in addition to talks relevant to us. AUGIS are very keen to incorporate our very successful model of integrating AHP’s in to all mainstream activities. A joint effort is underway to set up the new membership database and subscription collection system and I would encourage everyone to support this. The feedback from delegates at the 3rd BOMSS winter meeting at Corvara in March was excellent in terms of scientific content, discussions, skiing and social programme. Marco is already confirming the venue for early next year and will hopefully be a recurring event on our calendar. Kamal Mahawar & I represented BOMSS at the 1st Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery consensus meeting at New Delhi in March, a consensus statement is expected soon about standardising technical aspects of all major operations. The next BOMSS ASM will be held at Belfast (23,24,25 January 2019), Rachel Batterham chairs the scientific committee, David Kerrigan chairs the local organising committee and Chandra Cheruvu represents council in our relationship with industry partners supporting our meetings. IFSO 2018 will be held in Dubai at the end of September. I am pleased to report that our AHP member Sally Abbott has been awarded the IFSO EC fellowship to attend this meeting. I am delighted to welcome Ahmed Ahmed, Cynthia Michelle-Borg and Corinne Owers (Trainee representative) to BOMSS council. David Kerrigan, our President elect takes over from Shaw Somers in January 2019. I wish you all a very enjoyable summer Mr Vinod Menon Honorary Secretary BOMSS Thishasbeenabusyyearforourteam, with the relocation within the college, and establishing independence across all of our systems from ASGBI. As part of this process we have taken in house the collection of all membership subscriptions and delegate meeting registrations. As a result we have had to ask you all to sign new direct debit mandates – many have done so but around one third of members have not. Could I ask those who have not returned their forms to do so – the association is dependent on members paying their subscriptions and we are currently significantly down on where we should be at this time of year. In addition to taking full control of our membership and delegate income, we have also taken direct control of paymentofstaffsalariesandpensions, and our membership database. The requirement to be compliant with the new GDPR regulations has provided an opportunity to update our database and ensure that it is as accurate as possible. We have had a number of very successful meetings over the last year, including the AUGIS ASM in Cork, the BOMMS ASM in Telford, the biennial GBIHPBA meeting in Leamington Spa, and the IFSO meeting in London. All have generated a surplus for the association. Ourfinancialyearhasnow ended, and we are about to undergo our annual financial audit, which is a requirement of charity commission accounting, prior to the preparation of our financial report which will be presented at the AGM in Edinburgh. Mr Stephen Fenwick Honorary Treasurer Report from the Education, Training and Research Lead AUGIS Summer 2018 Newsletter Honorary Treasurer’s Report Mr Vinod Menon The new year commenced with a very successful BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting at Telford, ably organised by Manel Riera. There was an impressive array of international speakers including Prof Michel Gagner, Prof Patou, Dr Torsten Olbers and Dr AlfredoGencocoveringawiderangeof topics including optimising outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy, non alcoholic steato-hepatitis, adolescent bariatric surgery and gastric balloons in the management of obesity. The training day was once again very popular and the gala dinner truly memorable. Key learning points from the hugely successful IFSO 2017 meeting were discussed in addition to other relevant issues including medico- legal aspects, role of social media and regulation of bariatric practice. BOMSS council remains concerned about the decline in number of state funded bariatric activity on the NHS. This has implications on training particularly as a portion of such NHS activity is carried out in the private sector and trainees are not ordinarily expected to attend. A new position of ‘BOMSS lead for education and training’ has been created and Marco Adamo has taken on this important role for a period of 2 years. Marco will be working closely with the Royal Colleges, trainees and the SAC in Surgery, reporting back to council regularly. BOMSS Secretary Report BOMSS Secretary Report AUGIS Summer 2018 Newsletter Mr Stephen Fenwick 6 7