The Scar Free Foundation
BAPRAS (formerly as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons) helped establish The Healing Foundation in 1999 as a charitable organisation and it remains on the Board of Trustees. In 2016, the Healing Foundation became the Scar Free Foundation
The Scar Free Foundation has a large research focus that is multidisciplinary but that covers areas of patient health that relate to plastic surgery: Scarless healing, tissue regeneration, stem cells, psychological well being and patient information. For more information on the Foundation, visit their website
Clinical trials are the foundation for evidence-based medicine. In recognition, the NHS has allocated £1 billion per year until 2016 to support multicentre clinical trials research.
The Royal College of Surgeons has started an initiative to develop a nationwide surgical clinical trials portfolio. This is being facilitated by clinical trials units at Oxford, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool/Manchester and Barts/The London. Abhilash Jain has been jointly appointed by BAPRAS and The BSSH as the Specialty Lead for Plastic and Hand Surgery. Over the next three years he will promote and encourage a culture of clinical trials and multicentre co-operation within these organisations.
The Reconstructive Surgery Trials Network gives members direct access to trials units. These units will provide support throughout the process from the initial project proposal through to analysis of trial data. This initiative is open to all levels of healthcare professional, especially trainees.
Visit the website to find out about current trials or suggest one yourself.
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The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit
A national audit of provision and outcomes of mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery for women in England and Wales was undertaken from 2008 to 2011.
The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit was commissioned and funded by the Healthcare Commission to assess and improve the quality of care provided to women with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery. The audit evaluated the care process and measure treatment outcomes for these women.
What were the aims of the audit?
• Described provision of and access to breast reconstruction in England and Wales
• Evaluated current clinical practice in mastectomy and breast reconstruction
• Measured outcomes following mastectomy with or without reconstruction
• Assessed the quality of information provided to women undergoing mastectomy and their satisfaction with the reconstructive choices made.
Who carried out the audit?
The audit was conducted by a team of specialist clinicians and auditors from:
• The Association of Breast Surgery
• The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
• The Royal College of Nursing
• The National Clinical Audit Support Programme (NCASP) of The Information Centre for health and social care
• The Clinical Effectiveness Unit of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit produced four annual reports. The reports are available from the Health and Social Care Information Centre