As part of GPAS....every department should have a nominated individual with a specialist interest in obesity anaesthesia. This post holder should be able to act a source of information for the department, become a local leader to promote better care in all areas of their departments work. A key role is to be enthusiastic in distributing best practice and information to the whole department and critical care areas. No particular grade is required but this often falls to someone with regular exposure to obese cases. It does not necessarily fall to the oldest, or most experienced or local bariatric provider but the department should agree someone who can interact directly with SOBA and become this resource.
Many have already been fulfilling this role but find that the SPA allocation is removed or not recognised despite considerable workloads being delivered. Becoming a recognised 'SOBA Obesity Lead' will add credence and justification especialliy during job planning and appraisal.
Purpose of SOBA recognition:
As a 'direct line' to SOBA you can consider accessing the resources to running local study days and obesity refresher courses locally. If you can host a National conference or wish to do so - please just get in touch.
Relevant Sections from GPAS chapter two
Guidance on the Provision of Anaesthesia Services for Pre-operative Assessment and Preparation 2016 :
ref 35 Peri-operative management of the obese surgical patient. SOBA and AAGBI, London 2015 ( http:/bit.ly/1Pd78nr ) .