The BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) is launching a series of fully-funded fellowships for trainees looking to develop a career in aesthetic surgery.
The fellowships come as a study, which was presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of BAAPS by trainee member Mr Reza Nassab, claimed that funding for reconstructive surgery on the NHS has been reduced, and currently there are very few training opportunities for those seeking a career in aesthetic surgery.
With support from the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the fellowships will enable hands-on practice, mentorship and understanding of how to deal with patient complications.
Mr Nigel Mercer, president of BAPRAS said, “Credentialing will soon be implemented, but this is simply the most basic level for a practitioner to be able to legally practice. We want to develop experienced surgeons operating at the gold standard, and this is what these fellowships are designed to provide. The public deserves no less.”
As part of the training programme, fellows are expected to be exposed to a certain number of treatment cases, including 20 breast treatments, 10 truncal, 20 facial and periorbital and 10 botulinum toxin cases, among others such as nasal, ear and dermal filler injections.
Brendan Eley, CEO of the National Institute of Aesthetic Research (NIAR) who are collaborating with BAAPS on the programme, said, “Not only will trainees be able to access the expertise and guidance of top surgeons in busy private units, but fellows will be further rewarded for undertaking quality research and audits, which we will be under the auspices of the NIAR.”