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The BMA is a professional association of doctors, representing their interests and providing services for its 123,000 plus members.
It is a limited company, funded largely by its members, an independent trade union and a publishing house, publishing many serials including the weekly British Medical Journal.
The BSHI was formed in 1989 as a formal professional body to represent laboratory workers supporting transplantation. The society's objectives include the promotion of service and research activity in H&I and the maintenance of high professional standards via formally recognised education and standards.
The object of the Society is to advance the study of the biological and clinical problems of tissue and organ transplantation, to facilitate contact between persons interested in transplantation, and to make new knowledge available to any person for the general good of the community. The Society, which advises the UK departments of Health and contributes to the development of public awareness and education, may also concern itself with the social implications of transplantation.
ELTR arose out of discussions at a meeting of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) in 1985. ELTA aims to provide a forum for the exchange of information and opinions between members of the transplant community and to facilitate discussions and relationships with national and European government agencies as the official representative body of liver transplanters in Europe.
The Society was founded in 1970 to bring together clinicians whose main interest is caring for critically ill patients. Membership currently stands at over 2000 members, the majority of whom are anaesthetists. Through its Council the Society provides advice to the Department of Health and NHS Executive on the definition, availability, coding and costing of care. Advice is also given to the Royal Colleges on provision of intensive care, staffing and training. Council members represent the Society on a number of committees and associations.
Organised in 1992, the ITNS was created based on the need for specifically designed training and education for nurses in the field of transplantation. With over 1,000 members worldwide the society is committed to the promotion of excellence in transplant clinical nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities, networking and collaborative activities.
This is the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the United Kingdom. Its principal responsibility is to ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management, the continued medical education of all practising anaesthetists and to educate and inform the general public about anaesthesia.
In addition to its role in the education of medical staff and the maintenance of standards in the science and practice of ophthalmology the Royal College aims to educate the general public in all matters relating to vision and the health of the human eye.
The series of "Understanding" leaflets are designed to help you, your friends and family understand a little bit more about medical conditions which affect the eye.