Obesity in the United Kingdom: Do we need a new approach?

Organised by OASIS-GB (Obesity Awareness Support and Information Services – Great Britain), Northern Care Alliance (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust) and the University of Salford

OASIS-GB Study day invitation statement 18th July 2022

We cordially invite you to participate in the Obesity Awareness and Support in Manchester (OASIS-GB).

The devolved healthcare and social care system in Manchester has enabled a concerted effort to address the disparities in healthcare need with the commissioning of NHS services. Addressing obesity is a significant target to improve the health of the Greater Manchester Area and the nation. Appreciation of the patient experience are fundamental to building an efficacious care pathway. Ensuring client engagement and ameliorating stigmata is crucial.

Focusing the minds of the commissioners, patients, scientists, and healthcare professionals to improve awareness of the disease has led appreciation of this complex multifactorial condition. As members of British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS) we need to take a leading role individual patient advocacy and care. But also, through the organisation of the accessible weight management services in both the healthcare and community sectors.

This study day has brought together a world-renowned experts, patients, and other stakeholders in the field to help map out the background, contemporaneous practise, and prospects in bariatric care. We look forwards to meeting with you in aide of this worthy cause.

Best wishes,

Prof Siba Senapati

Please click here to register

Date: 18th July

Venue: Frank Rifkin Lecture Theatre, Mayo Building at Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester

08:15 – 08:40. Arrival and Registration

08:40 – 08:50. Welcome – Dr O. Williams OBE (CEO Northern Care Alliance)

08:50 – 09:00. Introduction – Prof. S. Senapati (Chairman of OASIS-GB)

Session 1: Causes of Obesity (9:00-11:00)

Chair: Prof. JS. Bamrah CBE (FRCPsych) and Dr A. Syed (Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead in the department of Diabetes & Endocrinology & Co-chair OASIS-GB)

09:00 – 09:15. A Patients’ perspective – Lisa Williams

09:15 – 09:45. Misconceptions about obesity; addressing weight stigma– Dr SW. Flint (School of Psychology, Scaled Insights, Nexus, University of Leeds)

09:45 – 10:15. Genetic influences of obesity – Prof. S. Farooqi (Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow. Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, University of Cambridge)

10:15 – 10:45. Causes and health consequences of the global increase of obesity– Prof. J. Wilding (Professor of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Liverpool)

10:45 – 11:00. Panel discussion

Coffee Break – 11:00-11:30

Session 2: Management of Obesity (11:30-13:30)

Chair: Prof. M. Gibson (Professor of Diabetes & Metabolic Medicine) and Prof. K. Akhtar (Consultant OG/Bariatrics Surgeon)

11.30 – 11.45. Impact of obesity on health – Dr A. Syed (Consultant Physician and Clinical Lead in the department of Diabetes & Endocrinology & Co-chair OASIS-GB)

11.45 – 12.00. Obesity and the heart – Prof. S. Arya (Consultant Cardiologist and Medical Director, Wigan and Wrightington Hospital)

12.00 – 12.40. Proposing a novel, holistic and evidence-based weight management programme for the future– Dr A. Robins (Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Exercise as Medicine, Senior Lecturer, The

University of Salford UK), Dr P. Sindall (Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science, University of Salford) and Dr P. Gray (Lecturer in Nutrition & Exercise as Medicine, The University of Salford UK)

12.40 – 12.55. Are we starting a new era for obesity pharmacotherapy?– Prof. J. Wilding (Professor of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, University of Liverpool)

12.55 – 13.10. Current Surgical Approaches – Prof. S. Senapati (Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Salford Royal Hospital, University of Salford and Chairman of OASIS-GB)

13.10 – 13.30. Panel discussion

Lunch – 13:30- 14:15

Session 3: Considerations for obesity services (14:15-16:00)

Chair: Mrs Jodi Ellison (Senior Bariatric Specialist Nurse), Mr Jack Carney (Co-Chair of Oasis-GB and Senior Coach at Salford Metropolitan Athletic Club) and Mr Christopher Slater (Senior Dietician, Salford Royal Hospital)

14.15 – 14.35. The role of safe surgery as an important part of the weight loss journey– Prof. Vinod Menon, President of British Obesity and metabolic Surgery Society (15 mins talk 5 mins Q&A)

14.35 – 15.05. Patient experiences- Patient experts: Mr Liam Hennigan, Mrs Beverley Harris, Mr Stuart Paterson

15.05 – 15.20. Epidemiological research in diabetes and obesity (Salford/Great Manchester) – Dr A. Heald (Consultant Physician Diabetes and Endocrinology)

15:20 – 15:35. Tackling obesity in the early years – Ms Deborah Blackburn (Salford Council)

15:35 – 15:50. OASIS-GB current activities and vision – Mr J. Carney (Co-Chair of Oasis-GB and Senior Coach at Salford Metropolitan Athletic Club)

15:50 – 16:05. Regional and national strategies on food and healthy weight – What works? – Deborah Thompson (Public Health Consultant, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership)

16.05 – 16.20. Panel discussion

16.20. Close and Vote of thanks

This meeting has been sponsored by Novo Nordisk who have funded the venue and catering costs. Novo Nordisk have had no input in the agenda, choice of speakers or the presentations.

The Weekend SCE Revision Course- Diabetes & Endocrinology – 2021

Venue: Virtual meeting via Zoom.

Dates: 6th & 7th February 2021

We would like to invite you to a two-day educational programme on the 6th & 7th of February 2021. The Royal College of Physicians ran the first-ever SCE in Diabetes & Endocrinology in May 2009. This course has evolved over the last 11 years, the first one to run was in 2009.
This interactive programme is organized and chaired by Dr. Moulinath Banerjee, who has developed the programme over the last decade. The salient topics of Diabetes & Endocrinology curriculum will be covered. The speakers, who are all Consultants in Diabetes & Endocrinology, are listed separately with this invitation.
The number of attendees is restricted to 40. In previous years, the course has been over-subscribed, hence please register early to avoid disappointment. The course registration will close on 29th January 2021.
If you would like to attend this meeting, please register here.

Novo Nordisk, Sanofi and the 3rd sponsor (TBC) has provided sponsorship to Endocrine Wellbeing Ltd to support the costs associated with running this meeting. This includes payment of speaker and chairperson honoraria as well as administration and IT costs. No sponsor has influenced the content of the agenda topics or speaker presentations. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Thanking you
The Weekend SCE Revision course team (ask.diabendo@gmail.com)

The Weekend SCE Revision Course- Diabetes & Endocrinology – 2021

Virtual meeting via Zoom


Day 1: 6th February 2021

08.30am Zoom  call opens

8.55 am Introduction: Dr M Banerjee

9.00 – 10.00 Session E1: Pituitary, MEN & miscellaneous endocrinopathies: Dr D Cuthbertson

10.00 – 11.00 Session E2: Adrenal disorders & Pregnancy with Endocrine disorders: Dr B Issa

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break            

11.15 – 12.15 Session E3: Reproductive endocrinology: Dr J T Krishnamurthy

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch  [Includes 12.15-12.25 and 12.25-12.35 – 2 sessions of interaction with sponsors]

13.00 – 14.00 Session E4: Thyroid disorders (except thyroid cancers): Dr M Kashif

14.00 – 15.00 Session E6: Pituitary disorders: Dr K Kaushal

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 – 16.15 Session E7: Paediatric & Transitional Endocrinology: Dr Helena Gleeson

16.15 – 17.15 Session D1: Diabetes – General: Dr S Rajbhandari

17.15 – 18.15 D3: Diabetes – special circumstances: Dr M Banerjee

Day 2: 7th February 2020

8.00 am Zoom call opens

8.15 -9.15 Session E5: Thyroid cancers and nodules: Dr A Mukherjee

9.15 – 10.15 Session D3: Diabetes – complications: Dr N Younis

10.15-10.30 Coffee break

10.30 -11.30 Session M1: Electrolyte disorders: Dr S Adam

11.30 – 12.30 Session M2: Calcium & bone metabolism: Dr A Basu

12.30 – 13.15 Lunch break [Includes 12.30-12.40 – 1 session of interaction with sponsors]

13.15 – 14.15 Session M3: Lipid metabolism & cardiovascular risk: Dr H Bharaj

14.15 – 15.15 Session M4: Obesity: Dr A Syed

15.15 – 16.45 Session T1: Mock exam (90 minutes – 60 questions)

16.45 – 17.30 Session T2: Discussion of Mock exam questions: Dr M Banerjee

17.30 Feedback & Conclusion

Specialty Certificate Examination Diabetes & Endocrine Revision Course tutors

Dr Moulinath Banerjee – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Safwaan Adam – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, The Christie Hospital, Manchester

Dr Ambar Basu – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Harnovdeep Singh Bharaj – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Prof Dan Cuthbertson – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Aintree University Hospital

Dr Helena Gleeson– Consultant Endocrinologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital – Birmingham

Dr Mohammed Kashif – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Dr Kalpana Kaushal– Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Dr JT Krishnamurthy – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Annice Mukherjee – Consultant Endocrinologist, Spire Manchester Hospital.

Prof Satyan Rajbhandari – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Akheel Syed – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust

Dr Naveed Younis – Consultant Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust       

COVID reflections: an Endocrine Registrar’s perspective

A District General Hospital, COVID and training: a junior doctor’s perspective | Society for Endocrinology

‘Gone were the preparations to attend the Endocrine Update and the Specialty Certificate Exam. Hello, instead, COVID Medical Registrar Rota.’

Venkatram Subramanian, Specialty Trainee (ST5), Diabetes and Endocrinology, Health Education England North West Deanery, reflects on the the year gone

Manchester Specialty Certificate Examination in Endocrinology and Diabetes

Date: 6th and 7th November 2020

Venue: Virtual Interactive

Organisers: Dr Handrean Soran & Dr Naveed Younis

Course Lead: Dr Handrean Soran (handrean.soran@mft.nhs.uk)

Any enquires please email the course coordinator (ManSce2020@gmail.com)

An example of what the course provides:

  • More than 250 new questions will be discussed in 14 sessions covering the whole curriculum.
  • Access to another ~120 questions from our pool (mock exams included).
  • Focus on clinically relevant areas and popular exam topics.
  • Speaker’s predictions on potential areas of interest.
  • An overall update in endocrinology and diabetes.

Who should attend?

SpRs in Endocrinology and Diabetes, CMTs who plan a career in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine trainees, any other UK based or overseas trainee or HCP who is intending to have a career in Diabetes and Endocrinology and/or planning to take the SCE exam or to improve his/her knowledge in Endocrinology and Diabetes. Primary care physicians/trainees and overseas doctors are welcome. The course provides an extensive review and update of all the Endocrinology and Diabetes curriculum.

To reserve your place:

  • Complete the Registration Form.
  • Payment £250.00 before 14th October 2020 (£300 after 14th October 2020): payable via below PayPal account. Please make sure you send your payment once you finish the registration to receive the confirmation . NO confirmation will be sent without receiving the payment.
  • Cancellation policy: registration fee is not refundable if cancellation after 26th October 2020.
  • Only 40 Places are available. First come, first served. Registration will close on 26th October 2020.
  • The link to the online interactive programme will be emailed to the delegates one week in advance. The link allows only one person to join. No other people should be present except the delegate.
  • Delegates should keep the camera open all the time during the course to allow best interaction. If the camera is closed or other conditions breached the delegate may be blocked.

Obesity: A critical risk factor in the COVID‐19 pandemic

Obesity is an emerging independent risk factor for susceptibility to and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2). Previous viral pandemics have shown that obesity, particularly severe obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2), is associated with increased risk of hospitalization, critical care admission and fatalities. In this narrative review, we examine emerging evidence of the influence of obesity on COVID‐19, the challenges to clinical management from pulmonary, endocrine and immune dysfunctions in individuals with obesity and identify potential areas for further research. We recommend that people with severe obesity be deemed a vulnerable group for COVID‐19; clinical trials of pharmacotherapeutics, immunotherapies and vaccination should prioritize inclusion of people with obesity.


© 2020 The Authors. Clinical Obesity published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of World Obesity Federation.

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Research from the NW: Vitamin D Status After Bariatric Surgery

Fox A, Slater C, Ahmed B, Ammori BJ, Senapati S, Akhtar K, Ellison J, Summers LKM, Robinson A, New JP, Soran H, Adam S, Syed AA. Vitamin D status after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy over 4 years of follow-up. Obes Surg 2019 | doi:10.1007/s11695-019-04318-0

Vitamin D levels are low in 4 in 5 people with obesity prior to bariatric surgery. Routine supplementation following bariatric surgery reduces rates of deficiency/insufficiency.

15th Northwest Diabetes, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Update: 8 Dec 2018

What: 15th Northwest Diabetes, Endocrinology and Cardiovascular Update

When: Saturday, 8th Dec 2018

Where: Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB                                                                                                   http://www.manchesterconferencecentre.co.uk

The nearest carpark is situated on Charles street http://www.estates.manchester.ac.uk/services/operationalservices/carparking

To register, please complete the registration form on the following website:


For queries: northwest.cpd@gmail.com

Applied for 5 CPD points

Organised by Dr Handrean Soran and Dr Naveed Younis

The sponsors have had no involvement in developing the content of the meeting.

The meeting is free for Health Care professionals, scientists and students.

Limited places available, please book your place as soon as possible.

Provisional Programme

0830–0900 Registration & coffee
0855 Welcome Dr Handrean Soran
  First session
0900–0945 Managing hypertension for general practitioners and physicians

i.        When to treat?

ii.        How to treat?

iii.        What treatment target?

iv.        Should we manage hypertension in patients with diabetes differently?

v.        When to refer to secondary care?

Professor Anthony Heagerty,

University of Manchester, UK

0945-1030 Chronic kidney disease

i.        The impact of chronic kidney disease

ii.        Initial assessment of CKD in primary care

iii.        When to refer patients with CKD to secondary care

iv.        Diabetes nephropathy

When to think beyond diabetes nephropathy?

Initial assessment in primary care

Should we combine ACEIs and ARBs?

Professor Philip Kalra,

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

1030-1115 An update on management of hyperlipidaemia

i.        What is new with LDL cholesterol lowering: PCSK9 monoclonal antibodies

ii.        Hypertriglyceridaemia: how to manage and what is new?

iii.        Diabetes Dyslipidaemia

iv.        Statin intolerance

Dr Handrean Soran,

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1115-1135 Moderated Panel discussion
1135–1215 Sandwich lunch & networking
  Second session
1215-1300 Making sense of clinical guidelines for diabetes in a world of obesity

i.        Treatment options

ii.        Managing diabesity

iii.        When to consider metabolic surgery

Dr Akheel Syed,

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

1300-1345 Managing cardiovascular risk in patients with diabetes: Is there a role for glucose lowering agents?


Dr Naveed Younis,

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

1345-1400 Nutraceuticals in clinical practice and recent advances TBC
1410-1430  Moderated panel discussion
1430 End


11th North West Lipid & Atherosclerosis Forum: 18 Sep 2018

What: 11th North West Lipid & Atherosclerosis Forum

When: Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Where: Radisson BLU Hotel, Chicago Avenue, Manchester Airport, Manchester, M90 3RA


0830 – 0900 Registration & Coffee  
0900 Welcome Dr Handrean Soran
0905 First Session Chairs: Dr Michael France & TBC
0910–0940 Managing hypertension: clinical guidelines and how to individualise treatment? Professor Anthony Heagerty, University of Manchester, UK
0940-1010 A systematic evaluation of glucose lowering therapy and cardiovascular risk: past and present. TBC
1010-1040 Optimizing treatment of Hyperlipidaemia: quantitative evaluation of UK, USA and European guidelines Professor Paul Durrington, University of Manchester, UK
1040-1105 Case presentation

Moderated Panel discussion

Dr Handrean Soran
1105 – 1135 Coffee  and Networking  
1135 Second session          Chairs: Professor Sean Carroll and Dr Basil Iissa
1135-1205 FCS: the disease burden, diagnosis and data from gene therapy. Prof Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Berlin, Germany
1205-1335 Recent advances in lipid modification therapy: PCSK9i trials and new therapies for severe hypertriglyceridaemia Dr Handrean Soran, Manchester University Hospital, Manchester, UK
1235-1305 PCSK9, LDL-R and diabetes: from molecular mechanisms to clinical implications. Professor Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Milan, Italy
1305-1315 Panel discussion  
1315 – 1400 Lunch and Networking  
1400 Third session Chairs: Dr Rachelle Donn and Dr Lance Sandle
1400-1430 HDL cholesterol as a therapeutic target: A critical appraisal of previous clinical trials and how can we do better? TBC
 1430-1500 Autoimmunity against HDL/apoA-1: an emergent marker and mediator of cardiovascular risk. Prof Nicolas Vuilleumier, Geneva Faculty of Medicine, Switzerland
1500 – 1515 Coffee  and Networking  
1400 Fourth session Chairs: Dr Dermot Neely, Newcastle, UK & TBC
1510-1540 Lipid lowering nutraceuticals in clinical practice and recent advances Prof Maceij Banach, Warsaw, Poland
1540-1610 Lipoprotein (a) as a cardiovascular risk factor: what HEART UK says? Dr Jaimini  Cegla

Imperial College, London

1420–1440 Coffee and Networking


1550 END

NWES Annual Meeting: 26 June 2018

What: North West Endocrine Society Annual Meeting

When: 26 June 2018, 13:00 – 17:00

Where: Frank Rifkin Lecture Theatre, Mayo Building, Salford Royal Hospital


13:00 – 13:30 Welcome and lunch

SESSION 1 CHAIR: Professor David Ray, Manchester Royal Infirmary

13:30 – 13:45 A difficult case of Cushing’s; NW Trainee presentation

13.45 – 14:30 Methionine PET, Dotatate PET, IPSS; Dr Mark Gurnell, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

14:30 – 14:45 Panel discussion: Interpretation of investigations

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

SESSION 2 CHAIR: Dr Simon Howell, Royal Preston Hospital

15:15 – 16:00 Endocrine Clinical Case Presentations: Three 15min presentations (will be selected from abstracts submitted)

SESSION 3 CHAIR: Dr Basil Issa, Wythenshawe Hospital

16:00 – 16:40 Debate: This house believes T3 / T4 supplementation has a role

 For: Professor Colin Dayan, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff

 Against: Dr Amit Allahabadia, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

16:40 – 17:00 Award Ceremony Dr Tara Kearney / Dr Annice Mukherjee

17:00 Close of meeting

Federation of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) CPD credits applied for