How we work

BAPRAS is a democratic, membership-based organisation for plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeons working in the UK

Governed by elected officers and council of members (who are also trustees of the Association), BAPRAS exists to further the professional specialism of plastic surgery, by promoting innovation and understanding. Of the officers, the President and Deputy President hold a two-year tenure and the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, a three-year tenure. Council members are elected for a three-year period. For further details visit the Council page.

There are also a number of committees, supporting key functions of the organisation such as professional standards, education and training and communications, as well as special interest groups that have been established on important areas of plastic surgery.

All Officers, Council, Committee and special interest group members are members of the Association and practising consultant plastic surgeons.

BAPRAS members also sit on other bodies in order to further represent the specialty of plastic surgery amongst other surgical specialties, research interests or specific charitable organisations.

In pursuit of its educative and promotional objectives, BAPRAS runs a range of activities - largely for plastic surgeon members, but also with the aim of raising awareness amongst wider healthcare professionals. Besides holding bi-annual scientific meetings and running training courses, BAPRAS provides awards, scholarships and grants.

Our flagship publication is the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) - formerly the British Journal of Plastic Surgery. Dedicated to publishing original research, educational material and information on all aspects of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, JPRAS is one of the leading international journals in the professional specialty.

Many BAPRAS members have a personal interest in overseas humanitarian work and BAPRAS itself seeks to support the provision of emergency reconstructive surgical services in the event of a man-made or natural disaster, along with supporting the development of sustainable high quality reconstructive surgery services overseas, via our associated charity, BFIRST.

BAPRAS also maintains a comprehensive archive of plastic surgery information, publications and implements.