BAPRAS supports the Cosmetic Surgical Practice Working Party report: Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice
Tim Goodacre, Head of Professional Standards at BAPRAS and a leading consultant plastic surgeon, said:
“We welcome the report and hope it will start to address our concerns over inconsistent professional standards within cosmetic surgical practice. The report provides a good overview of existing standards which, if rigorously enforced, would help protect patients from unscrupulous practitioners.
"We now need to focus on the creation of a robust mechanism for reporting surgical outcomes, both good and bad, in order to trace the ‘how, where and why’ surgeries go wrong and who is responsible. We would also like to see a more rigorous training path mandated for all those carrying out cosmetic surgery procedures and a mechanism of evaluating credentials for surgeons visiting from overseas, to ensure the highest standards of patient safety and care.
“Professionalism and patient safety are our foremost concerns and BAPRAS is at the forefront of driving the highest standards of cosmetic surgical practice. We look forward to the publication of Sir Bruce Keogh’s cosmetic surgery report, which we have also been closely involved in developing, to provide guidance on ensuring a gold standard in plastic surgery safety and care, including developing training, ongoing education, standard setting and research into better practice.”
BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, is the voice of plastic surgery in the UK. It aims to increase the understanding of the professional specialty and scope of plastic surgery, promoting innovation in teaching, learning and research.
Founded in 1946 (originally as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons), today BAPRAS has over 800 members and is the professional representative body for reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgeons providing services to patients on the NHS and privately in the UK. Members of the public can find a member plastic surgeon in their area by logging on to www.bapras.org.uk. Anyone can check the GMC to find out if a surgeon is on the plastic surgery specialist register; http://www.gmc-uk.org/register/search/index.asp