Plastic Surgery advancements showcased at BAPRAS’ Innovation Group in ‘Dragon’s Den’ presentation

25 November 2015

Today sees the first meeting of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) new Innovation Group, which will showcase the best innovation in Plastic Surgery with the ultimate goal of developing new, safer and more efficient practices and products.

The BAPRAS Innovation Group, which is unique among surgical societies, encourages original thinking and promotes best practice to ensure that surgical advances are shared across the profession. 

The meeting of dedicated innovators includes a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentation of pioneering new products developed by surgeons from around the world. Among the exciting new products and processes being showcased are:

• a robot for craniofacial surgery that has the ability to cut bone safely while protecting overlying tissues
• a mobile app to streamline the ability of trainees to deal with referrals
• an online portal where consultants and trainees can come together to improve Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Training
• a prototype forcep to reduce tremor in microsurgical practice

Professor Tony Young, National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England, will also deliver a guest presentation at the meeting. Professor Young provides clinical leadership and support in delivering improved health outcomes and drives the uptake of proven innovations across the NHS.

Ryan Kerstein, Innovation Group Lead and BAPRAS member said: “BAPRAS is the first Association to dedicate time to sharing and encouraging innovation from within their specialty. Adopting and disseminating novel ways to deliver service and improve practice is crucial to both patient outcomes and efficiency.
The inaugural Innovation Group session takes place at the annual Winter Meeting of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). The Winter Scientific Meeting brings together consultants, trainees, nurses and clinicians working in the field of Plastic Surgery. 

Attracting over 400 delegates, the Meeting features guest lecture sessions throughout the programme, including talks on head, breast and limb reconstruction. This year the three-day event takes place at the Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham. 


BAPRAS, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, 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 Anyone can check the GMC to find out if a surgeon is on the Plastic Surgery specialist register;