BACPAR is a Professional Network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). It was founded in 1993 to provide a nationwide network for physiotherapists involved in the specialist field of amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation.
BACPAR supports the promotion of evidence based practice and research, is committed to education, and provides a network for the dissemination of best practice in pursuit of excellence and equity, whilst maintaining cost effectiveness.
- To encourage, promote and facilitate interchange of knowledge, skills and ideas
- To improve communication and understanding between all disciplines working in the field of amputation and limb deficiency rehabilitation
- To improve post-registration education in this specialty
- To encourage research in this specialty
- To provide support and information between members and contact with similar organizations nationally and internationally
BACPAR, with its constitution (see link below) and service portfolio, consists of an elected executive committee and a membership of over 200 made up of Physiotherapists, Physiotherapy Technicians and Rehabilitation Assistants with varying levels of experience across the country. Allied Associate membership is open to doctors and other Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Prosthetist and Nurses who are members of their own professional bodies.
The association is split into geographical regions whose representatives are on the executive committee. SPARG, the Scottish Physiotherapy Amputee Research group, is a sister organisation, and also has a representative on BACPAR’s executive committee. See link below for more information on SPARG.
BACPAR considers the promotion and facilitation of education in amputee rehabilitation to be its most important role and organises a two day national conference year to which BACPAR members are entitled to a substantial discount.
In addition, led by the Regional Representatives, approximately two study events are held annually in each BACPAR region.
BACPAR is currently in discussions with Higher Education Institutes to plan post graduate training in Amputee rehabilitation for the future.
Bursaries are available to BACPAR members undertaking courses or attending conferences related to amputee rehabilitation, or to assist with relevant projects.
BACPAR supports and promotes evidence based practice and participation in research. BACPAR members are offered guidance and encouragement to present and publish research and audit projects in the field. The Honorary Research Officer can advise on sources of funding for research.
The Research Officer holds a small register of current research and audit projects members are involved in.
Educational and Research Resources
BACPAR has produced two useful documents to support these areas. See links below to a Bibliography and Information for Audit Research.