Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

President Richard Stewart’s inaugural message

Richard Stewart
Richard Stewart

Dear Colleagues,

My first duty as your incoming President is to thank Mark Davenport for his dedication and hard work on behalf of BAPS over the past two years. His boundless energy has taken him to all corners of the globe representing our specialty ensuring we maintain our International footprint. Mark remains on the executive as the ‘Past President’ until next summer when a new ‘President Elect’ will be appointed.

I must also thank BAPS members whose term on executive has ended; Majella McCullagh, representing Scotland & Ireland, Bruce Jaffray, representing the North of England and Alex Lee as treasurer. All have contributed significantly with many hours of meetings and miles traveled; we as an organisation are indebted to you.

With their departure we welcome to executive James Andrews from Glasgow and Sandeep Motiwale from Nottingham as regional representatives in addition to Ashish Desai as treasurer. Eric Nicholls has taken on the role of RCSEngland specialty representative and has also been appointed as chair of the Children’s Surgical Forum. I’m grateful to them all for their enthusiasm and willingness to support BAPS.

I’m also delighted to welcome Allied Health Professionals to BAPS membership and the Paediatric Stoma Nurse Group as affiliated organisation.

This years International Congress in Liverpool was a great success in no small part thanks to the efforts of Evelyn Ong, Kate Billington and Shan Teo with the support of local organisers Simon Kenny and Paul Losty.  Next July I look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham – don’t forget the early date – 3-5th of July.

BAPS objectives are:
1.     The advancement of the study, practice and research in paediatric surgery.
2.     The promotion of the teaching of paediatric surgery, both under-graduate and post-graduate and advice on the training of Paediatric Surgeons.
3.     Advice on matters concerning the paediatric surgical services in the British Isles.
4.     The promotion of friendship with Paediatric Surgeons overseas.

With these in mind during my term as President I will work closely with the NHS promoting “Clinical Networks”, personally supporting BAPS International work and developing a closer working relationship with Patient support groups and charities.

I look forward to working with the office team and meeting you during the next 2 years.

Richard Stewart

BAPS President

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