British Association of Sclerotherapists (BAS)
The Association is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and is run for the benefit of its members.
Foam sclerotherapy as an acceptable alternative to surgery for varicose veins is growing in popularity in the UK and it is likely that, as in the rest of the world individuals with a particular interest in venous disease will emerge as a distinct group. Phlebologists come from a diverse background including vascular, dermatology, general surgery, nursing etc and may be working closely with vascular technologists or may develop these skills themselves.
To date there are no set standards of training/professional development or practice. Although 50% of the population suffer from unsightly thread veins there is no treatment available on the NHS and GPs have little knowledge of this treatment and cannot refer patients with any confidence because of the lack of established standards.
Members abide by a code of conduct and have access to continuing professional development through annual meetings and regular e-newsletters, mentoring and networking.
The membership is represented and supported by a body of experts whose role is to establish consensus on best practice and inform and educate members, the public and allied health professionals to ensure high standards of treatment are available and accessible. The board meets regularly to address issues of relevance and or concern to members and represents members to all stakeholders.
BAS Aims & Benefits:
The British Association of Sclerotherapists was established in 2003 with the following goals in mind.
• To raise and maintain standards of responsible, evidence based practice
• To draw up guidelines for safe, evidence based practice
• To establish a code of conduct
• To promote the safe delegation of treatment to suitably qualified and insured practitioners
• To assess current training and establish standards through accreditation
• To sponsor workshops and promote continued professional development
• To give members access to information on training, conferences and research papers
• To offer guidance and support to members and inform the public, media and allied health professionals
• To represent practitioners as a respectable body of experts
• The British Association of Sclerotherapists has a growing membership and is proving a popular and credible resource for practitioners and members of the public and media.