An overview of current and planned work for BACPAR.
The Post operative and pre prosthetic guidelines have just been published and BACPAR has developed guidance for the MDT in the management of post operative resdiual limb oedema. This was presented at ISPO UK 2012.
The updated prosthetic guidelines (2012) and pre prosthetic guidelines (2016) have now been published and are available on the site.
Individual members are engaged in research and audit projects with the support of BACPAR. Audit based on the BACPAR guidelines takes place around the country from which findings and examples of changes to practice are regularly published in the BACPAR journals.
BACPAR advises and contributes information to the CSP, and to various government and Department of health committees and working groups, such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and APLLG (Associate Parliamentary Limb Loss Group).
BACPAR also attends the CSP Congress, ARC (Annual Representatives Conference – organised by the CSP), British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BAPO) and the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) annual conferences, and are represented at various other professions’ study days throughout the year.
Members regularly represent BACPAR at international conferences such as World Congress of Physical Therapy and ISPO International.
Courses and events
BACPAR Annual Conferences
Each year BACPAR organises an Annual conference for its members. The 2020 Conference and AGM will be held virtually, as part of the Vascular Societies Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting. The AGM will take place November 17th and the BACPAR programme will run 24th - 26th November.
National and local study days
National and local study days are held throughout the year for teaching purposes as well as for discussion and dissemination of ideas. They address specific physiotherapy and multidisciplinary issues in the field of amputee rehabilitation. Study days are very popular and are often oversubscribed. Recent topics have included the holistic approach to amputee rehabilitation, pain management, gait training, falls strategies, outcome measures, and multiple limb loss.
An award is presented to the best speaker and best poster at each national conference .
MSc pathway and CPD opportunities in Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation.
For Physiotherapists, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Occupational Therapists, Bioengineers and Nurses who work or are interested in this specialist area.
In collaboration with BACPAR (and other stakeholders), the University of Southampton has developed two new modules: Amputee Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Use (Module 1) and Contemporary Issues in Limb Loss (Module 2). The first cohort of sixteen students started Module 1 in October 2016.
Provision has been made to offer flexible learning opportunities, ranging from a single module to an MSc pathway in Amputation & Prosthetic Rehabilitation
For further information about these modules and how they can contribute towards an MSc ‘Amputation and Prosthetic’ pathway please see