The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) was established to encourage high standards of prosthetic and orthotic practice. It is committed to Continued Professional Development and education to enhance standards of prosthetic and orthotic care.

BAPO is the only UK body that represents the interests of prosthetic and orthotic professionals and associate members to their employers, colleague Allied Health Professionals and all groups that are involved in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. BAPO enjoys the support of a high majority of the profession as members.


  • Lobbies to promote and maintain our member’s clinical excellence and service to the patient to all organisations involved in prosthetics and orthotics.
  • Produces guidelines for best practice.
  • Works within an ethical code.
  • Annually organises the UK’s main prosthetic and orthotic conference.Manages and distributes information relating to members and our Allied Health Professional colleagues.
  • Develops and runs educational courses.Actively promotes and enables Continuing Professional Development for members.
  • Provides advice to members and other interested parties.Provides insurance for members.


History of BAPO

For some interesting history of P&O and BAPO see this newsletter produced for the 70th Anniversary of the NHS