Changing the image of cosmetic surgery: Patients before profit


Tuesday 17 October 2017


Venue Chandos House
Chandos House
2 Queen Anne Street
Organised by

Open Section , Plastic Surgery Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

This 1 day event will bring together leading experts to discuss the morality and ethics of cosmetic surgery and provide you with an insight into how the medical profession can work to place patients before profit.

Please note, this meeting will now take place at Chandos House, just a few minutes walk from the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Key speakers in the media

Dr Andrew Vallance Owen MBE 


Ms Nora Nugent 


aim and objectives

The aim of this meeting is to review developments in the practice of cosmetic surgery that aim to ensure the promotion of patient safety instead of profit.

At the end of the meeting delegates will:

  • Know about current developments designed to promote patient safety in particular credentialing and voluntary certification for cosmetic surgery
  • Understand the potential influence of providing high quality public information
  • Understand the importance of openness and transparency



Early bird rates

RSM member from £35 - £70
Non member from £45 - £130

Standard rates - from Tuesday 12 September 2017

RSM member from £45 - £100
Non member from £60 - £160

Price includes tea, coffee and lunch. Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


Session 1

Chairs: Ms Sally Taber, Immediate Past President, Open Section, RSM and Ms Nora Nugent, Immediate Past President, Plastic Surgery Section, RSM

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Ms Sally Taber and Ms Nora Nugent

9.10 am

Regulation and voluntary certification

Mr Simon Withey, President, British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

9.50 am

The ethics of cosmetic surgery

Dr Clare Chambers, Member, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge and Director of Studies, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

10.30 am

Question and answer session

10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

What prompts patients to complain about cosmetic surgery

Ms Sally Williams, Principal Adjudicator, Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (ISCAS)

11.40 am

Patient stories

12.10 pm

Question and answer session

12.30 pm


Session 2

Chair: Mr Nigel Mercer, Past President, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

1.30 pm

The credentialing agenda and cosmetic surgery

Ms Paula Roblee, Policy Manager, General Medical Council

2.10 pm

PHIN - enabling informed choice of cosmetic surgery clinics for consumers

Dr Andrew Vallance Owen MBE, Chair, Private Healthcare Information Network

2.50 pm

Question and answer session

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.20 pm

The evolution of medical indemnity for cosmetic surgery

Mr Mark Henley, Plastic Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Immediate Past Chair, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons Indemnity Scheme (PRASIS)

4.00 pm

Labiaplasty versus FGM

Ms Nora Nugent, Plastic Surgeon, Purity Bridge

4.40 pm

Question and answer session

4.50 pm

Panel discussion

5.25 pm

Closing remarks

Ms Sally Taber and Ms Nora Nugent

5.30 pm

Close of meeting

Evaluation surveys and CPD certificates will be sent by email

register for this event

  • Registration will close on Wednesday 11 October 2017
  • Early bird rates expire Monday 11 September 2017


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organiser's details

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