Bariatric Surgery in the UK - a new course
Morbid obesity presents a huge challenge to the NHS- the most effective treatment is bariatric surgery, which not only causes superb weight loss but astonishing remission rates for conditions such as type-2 diabetes. The evidence base for bariatric surgery is compelling but there remains a lack of expertise outside of specialist units in assessing and managing patients with morbid obesity, particularly those who have had life-changing surgery.
In response to these concerns an innovative course (unique in the United Kingdom), designed to give health professionals the skills and expertise to assess and manage patients with morbid obesity, has been successfully validated at the University of Chester.
The MSc in Clinical Bariatric Practice will be run in partnership with Gravitas who are internationally recognised experts and providers of bariatric weight loss surgery.
The innovative programme which will be offered at the University has been designed to give primary care physicians and allied health professionals such as nurses, health visitors and occupational therapists, the expertise needed to care for patients, particularly those who have had or are contemplating bariatric surgery. The uniqueness in the programme is the opportunity for students to work in clinical setting with subject experts to develop and enhance their clinical skills in managing this client group.
Conor Magee, Gravitas Director of Education and consultant surgeon, added: "Bariatric surgery saves lives and saves the NHS money. The MSc in Clinical Bariatric Practice will ensure that patients are cared for by highly trained personnel with world-class expertise."
The MSc in Bariatric Practice will commence in 2012. Interested students should contact Health and Social Care admissions on HSC email@example.com or Programme Leader, Louise Shorney, Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester on 01244 511649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Gravitas visit www.gravitas-ltd.co.uk
For those interested:
Conference: ‘Managing the morbidly obese with surgery – Why?, Who? and How?’
Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June 2012, 9.00am – 4.00pm
Aim: To provide delegates with up-to-date knowledge regarding the management of patients with morbid obesity, with particular focus on the role of surgery and follow-up.
This exciting two-day conference forms has been developed by the University of Chester in collaboration with Gravitas (a prize-winning network of renowned obesity surgeons).
The conference is for healthcare professionals (including general practitioners, nurses and dieticians) who want to improve their understanding of the management of patients with morbid obesity. It will also enable professionals involved in the care of bariatric patients to update their knowledge with lectures from internationally renowned experts.
Keynote speakers will include:
• Professor David Kerrigan, Medical Director Gravitas, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon and Royal College of Surgeons representative for the NICE obesity guidelines
• Dr Carel le Roux, Reader in Metabolic Medicine, Imperial College
• Professor John Wilding, Head of the Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Liverpool
• Professor David Haslam, National Obesity Forum
• Mr Conor Magee, Director of Education Gravitas, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon
• Dr Laura Millard, GP and Member West Cheshire PCT Commissioning Team
• Dr Nicki Mazey, GP with Special Interest in Weight Management
• Mr Ken Clare, WLSinfo.org.uk
Further information about morbid obesity and bariatric surgery:
Morbid obesity is the most pressing public health issue in the United Kingdom and will cost the UK economy £50 billion by 2050.
Weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is recognised as the most successful treatment for obesity, as it is safe, cost-effective and saves lives. Accordingly, there has been a dramatic increase in this type of surgery; however, many healthcare professionals have little knowledge or experience in managing bariatric patients.
Most bariatric patients can be managed safely and effectively in the community by practitioners with the appropriate skills and knowledge.
Costs = £550
For further information please contact:
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
01244 513385 (Faculty)
01244 512213 (Direct Dial)
07879 662226 (Mobile)
NB: Delegates who would like to develop their clinical bariatric skills further will be afforded the opportunity to utilise this event as part of the MSc in Clinical Bariatric Practice,
First Published April 2012