Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research
The primary aim of BAPS is to set the standards of care of paediatric surgical practice in the UK and Ireland.
To support Paediatric Surgical Practice
To promote advancement of study, practice and research in Paediatric Surgery
To maintain links with Sub-specialist Societies and other groups within Paediatric Surgery
To liaise with the Surgical and other Royal Colleges, Professions allied to medicine, and other relevant Professional and governmental bodies.
To foster professional relations with Paediatric Surgeons overseas
To maintain the proper and prudent management of the resources of BAPS as a registered UK Charity in line with the requirements of the Charity Commission.
The President and Executive ensure regular communication with the members and Associate members of BAPS via two annual council meetings, regular e-mailed newsletters and an updated website.
The implications of Government policies are discussed by the Executive and Council and appropriate advice circulated to the membership
The Association maintains a web site with information for members and the general public
There are seven advisory committees which report to the BAPS executive.
Advancement of Paediatric Surgery
The British Association of Paediatric Surgeons has established six committees to advise the executive committee and BAPS members on aspects pertinent to paediatric surgery.
Determines which courses are approved by BAPS and advises on course dates to avoid clashes/conflict.
Matches courses with the paediatric surgical curriculum
Ensures all aspects of curriculum are covered over a 6 year span
Works closely with SAC and exam board (FRCS Paed)
Regarding Surgeons in Training, the Training and Education Committee is responsible for:
Production of the Paediatric Surgical Curriculum and promotion of its usage
Updating the Curriculum in the light of evaluation reports and in response to national initiatives
Considering applications for BAPS recognition of educational meetings and conferences
Co-ordinating the running of national Training days, ensuring the educational value
Monitoring the quality of these activities
Informs BAPS members of advances in trauma care
Collects data regarding trauma cases in UK
Advises national accident strategy/prevention
Links with RCPCH on matters relating to trauma
Is responsible for improving the quality of care delivered to injured children
Audits and develops management guidelines
Organises National training meetings
Ensures rigorous scientific scrutiny of research & audit projects approved by BAPS
Advises on academic programme for BAPS international congress
Advises nomination for JPS & Isabel Forshall lecturer
Sits on appointment committee for BAPS fellowship
Enables and oversees multi-centre UK & Ireland Paediatric surgical research
Advises BAPS Executive on issues related to research
Advises the SAC on research issues related to training
Is responsible for overseeing abstract marking for the Annual Congress
Promotes basic science research and encourages trainees to participate in research
Provides courses for members related to research/clinical trials methodology
Approves grant applications
Participates in overseas research club
Provides input into BAPS/CASS and other audit projects
Clinical Outcome Group
Advises BAPS on standards in paediatric surgery and provides “funnel plot” of surgical results
Identifies and scrutinises areas of excellence
Co-operates with research group to plan BAPS audits
Works closely with new revalidation group to identify “outliers”.
Ascertains and benchmarks clinical outcomes of relevance to Paediatric surgery in order to set a clinical standard
Produces high quality patient information documents to allow parents and children access to the highest quality information to make appropriate decisions
Agrees and monitors audits suggested by BAPS members ensuring feedback
Selects outcome measures
Performs audit against evidence-based standards
Reviews audit systems and software
Is responsible for practice review questionnaires
International Affairs committee
Promotes BAPS standing internationally and nurtures international relations
Administers international fellowships/greenwood fellowship
Overseas BAPS scholarships
Strengthens BAPS links with WOFAPS
Organises neonatal skills course at PAPSA (biannually)
Advises BAPS on ethical/legal aspects of paediatric surgery
Co-operates with RCPCH
Provides advice to BAPS members re ethical concerns
The chair of each committee is elected by the BAPS council members and is ratified by the executive committee. The chair has a 3 year term of office, with a possible extension to a further 3 years.
Members of the committee are sought from BAPS membership – with a 3 year term of office.
The committee should meet physically or by teleconference at least 3 times annually. It is expected that one meeting take place the afternoon before the Winter Meeting.
There should be at least one written report to the BAPS executive annually in addition to a presentation by the chair at the annual (winter) meeting.
It is expected that
All minutes are placed on the BAPS website
All members details (ie name, contact details, term of office) preferably with a photo is placed on the BAPS website.
British Association of Paediatric Urologists (BAPU)
British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic surgeons (BAPES)
CCLG (Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia) Surgical Working Group
BAPS International Affairs Committee
Experimental Research Club
Academic Research Group
Links with the Royal Surgical Colleges, ensuring the setting and maintenance of standards in Paediatric Surgery and offer a forum for discussion of political, educational, training and strategic matters Links with other surgical specialist associations through the Federation of Surgical Specialist Associations
Links with the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Links with the Children’s Surgical Forum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Links with medical specialist associations through the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Association of Paediatric anesthetists (APA), British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM), British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS), British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Services (BSPGHAN) and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
Links with nursing through the Association of British Paediatric Nurses (ABPN)
Links with the BMA Paediatric and Surgical Subcommittees of Central Consultants & Specialists Committee
Contact with NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), and Government Agencies so that BAPS provides professional advice and influences policy
Fostering relations with Surgeons overseas
Links with the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Links with the European Union of Paediatric Surgical Association (EUPSA)
Links with the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS)
Links with other Paediatric Surgical Societies and individuals worldwide
Management of resources
Possible surplus from annual International Scientific Meeting
Alternative funding sources (donations, legacies & industry)
The Executive (trustees) are responsible for the prudent management of finances supporting the Honorary Treasurer in advising and managing expenditure
The internet, e-mail and web pages will be used more frequently, keeping printed communications to a minimum
Travel expenses will be kept to a minimum
Office costs will be regularly reviewed
Capital reserves and investment policy
Capital reserves are monitored closely
Policy of low to medium risk investments
Investments, to be ethically determined, specifically excluding armaments, tobacco and alcohol products.