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Aesthetics Journal


Special Feature Aesthetic Organisations

The benefits of belonging This month’s special feature takes a closer look at the professional bodies and organisations that together make up the UK aesthetic landscape, and asks, what do they have to offer practitioners in 2015? BCAM (British College of Aesthetic Medicine) What is BCAM? Founded in 2001, BCAM is a professional body that aims to encourage regulation within the industry and make aesthetic medicine safer for the public. It is a doctor-only organisation encompassing any medical specialty. What does it do? BCAM has increasing input into standard setting across a range of institutions, such as Health Education England (HEE) and the General Medical Council (GMC), various diplomas and the Department of Health. This allows the organisation to influence the aesthetic agenda and provide education to the public and the medical profession. Member benefits: Any aesthetic doctor can apply for associate membership and after two years, following Board approval, full membership. It offers peer support through a website forum, advice on matters concerning practice, and appraisal with a Responsible Officer, leading to revalidation. It also hosts an annual conference and is involved in standard setting, on which members have a chance to present their views. The future: Dr Paul Charlson, president of BCAM, says, “In the future we aim to become more involved in diploma development. We aim to create a new website with social media linkage to allow members to be easily identified by the public, and increase our media presence and membership in order to be seen as the ‘go to’ organisation for high quality advice and practitioners.”

BCAM has a network of over 300 doctors.

BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) What is BAAPS? BAAPS is a professional body specifically for surgeons practicing aesthetic surgery. It is a registered charity dedicated to advancing education and the practice of aesthetic plastic surgery for public benefit. What does it do? BAAPS offers training and support to members. All members need to be on the specialist register, sponsored by two other full members, and be able to demonstrate competence in aesthetic surgery. They must submit an annual audit of their figures and abide by a code of practice, reinforcing the BAAPS brand to the public. BAAPS has recently launched regional training meetings and hopes to assist the industry by promoting training, research, ethics, public education and safety.

BAAPS has an average annual meeting attendance of 200 surgeons.

Member benefits: Practitioners can attend a free annual meeting, receive a free subscription to the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, contribute to an annual national surgical audit, and support research into aesthetic surgery. BAAPS claims that patients can look for membership to the association as reassurance that their surgeon will act in an ethical and safe manner according to a specific code of practice. The future: Paul Harris, BAAPS council member, says, “As a result [of the Keogh report], we should be able to establish a clear set of standards in training, audit and patient communication that will significantly reduce the chances of rogue practitioners causing damage to or profiteering from patients.”

BACN (British Association of Cosmetic Nurses) What is BACN? The BACN is a professional membership organisation for fully qualified nurses or trainees, in cosmetic nursing. It aims to ensure cosmetic nurses are recognised and can access current legislation, education and peer support to ensure consumers receive safe, professional treatment. What does it do? The BACN agreed a three-year strategic plan in 2014 meeting their member needs. It also saw publication of the RCN/BACN Accredited Competency Framework for Aesthetic Nurses. It aims to be an integral part of shaping the standards of non-surgical practice in both Europe and the UK, actively encouraging member participation. Member benefits: In 2015, BACN hopes to offer a strong, revitalised regional network for nurses to meet, exchange best practise, attend workshops and obtain CPD points. Members can expect news, events and resources on practise, research, products and suppliers. They may also receive discounted insurance, events, and magazine subscriptions. Aesthetics | January 2015


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