Why Use a BAAPS Member
Choosing a BAAPS Member for your surgery can provide much needed peace of mind when making this important decision. You can be safe in the knowledge that all our Members have been rigorously examined in aesthetic/cosmetic surgery, and have demonstrated the required level of experience and standards before being invited to join the association.
All BAAPS Members are fully trained Plastic Surgeons on the General Medical Council Specialist Register, completing a rigorous 6-year specialist training programme in a recognised training centre, with regular assessment and examinations. BAAPS Surgeons are audited every year and a new RCS certification scheme for patient safety has been developed to ensure the highest levels of care can be maintained.
Registered with GMC
BAAPS Members are all on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgeons maintained by the General Medical Council. The GMC is an independent organisation established to protect patients and improve medical education, practice and care across the UK. You can check that your chosen surgeon is on this Register by visiting the GMC website.
BAAPS Members have an unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge, gained from their extensive training and commitment to continuous personal development. Patients can rest assured that they will always receive the very latest information and advice from our Members about the range of treatments available.
Consultation not Sales
A consultation with a BAAPS Member will provide you with a professional medical opinion on the surgery you are requesting, based upon a full and thorough assessment of your needs. In some case a procedure may not be appropriate or there may be a more suitable alternative, and our Members will always openly communicate this. Our Members do not work on commission or have any profit targets to meet, so you can be completely sure that the advice you receive from them is totally genuine, un-biased and based only on the medical facts.
NHS Consultant Status
All BAAPS Members are eligible to take up consultant plastic surgery roles in the NHS. Many of our Members have already held, or are currently in NHS consultant posts, indicating that they are fully qualified and trained up to UK standards.
BAAPS Members are happy to accept referrals from General Practitioners (your GP), and with agreement from the patient to keep the GP informed of treatment plans.
Our Members are some of the most well qualified and experienced consultants in their specialist field. They regularly attend scientific meetings organised by BAAPS, and other important scientific seminars run by similar national and international organisations.
BAAPS Members are recognised by BUPA, PPP and many other major health insurance providers. Although cosmetic surgery is not generally supported by private medical insurance, there are some medical treatments that involve cosmetic reconstructive procedures, and these would be covered.
BAAPS Members work only in reputable hospitals and clinics including BUPA, Nuffield, Columbia Healthcare, The Wellington, The Portland and within the private wings of many NHS hospitals. Having surgery in one of these hospitals ensures the patient also receives the best supporting care from other GMC registered specialists involved in their procedure.
Recognised Progessional Body
BAAPS is fully recognised as the legitimate professional body representing the field of cosmetic surgery by The Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal College of Surgeons of Scotland and The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Our offices are situated within the Royal College of Surgeons in London.
BAAPS Members adhere to a code of conduct which follows the GMC Good Practice Guidelines.
The Code is being reviewed and updated in 2018. See the code here.