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About Mark Henley

Mr Henley graduated, MB ChB from the University of Birmingham Medical School and has been a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon to the Nottingham and Derby NHS Hospitals since 1994.

Mr Henley served in the Royal Navy for nine years, including duties during the Falklands conflict. During this time he was awarded a commendation from the Commander in Chief for his work with the wounded. Mr Henley then undertook general surgical training in Manchester, qualifying FRCS (Ed) in 1987.

He commenced his intensive training programme in 1988 to become a plastic surgeon, qualifying FRCS (Plast) in 1993 and was appointed as a Consultant in 1994. During this training he was awarded the James Laing Memorial Prize of the British Burn Association, gained a Light-Millard Fellowship at the University of Miami, and with the assistance of a Wellington Foundation Scholarship was able to travel to centres of excellence in plastic surgery in Europe.

He is the senior consultant in the Trent Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery Service which he has had a major role in developing over the last 20 years.

Mr Henley is a Council member of both the BAAPS and BAPRAS.

In addition he is a member of the British Burn Association, the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Society of Surgery of the Hand

For Mr Henley patient safety is everything: “Interest in cosmetic surgery has skyrocketed, but so too have the number of botched operations” warns Mr Henley.

“Cosmetic surgery is often portrayed as little more than a beauty treatment. Let’s make no bones about it - Surgeon + Anaesthetist + Operating Theatre = SURGERY!  Education is essential to making the right cosmetic treatment decisions and it is crucial that patients receive information from a reliable source.” 

He has had extensive experience both as an examiner and as an assessor of examiners for the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in Plastic Surgery.

Mr Henley is the external examiner for the University of Manchester MSc course on Ageing skin and Aesthetic Medicine.

Mr Henley is actively involved in teaching and training at national and local levels, and is responsible for organising and conducting hands on training in Cosmetic Surgery of up and coming plastic surgeons in the East Midlands region of the United Kingdom. He is also the Consultant Adviser in plastic and soft tissue surgery to both the Royal Navy and Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.

Because of his passion for raising standards within the cosmetic industry and ensuring protection of the public, Mr Henley has chaired and participated in numerous cosmetic surgery safety task forces. 

Over the last 9 years Mr Henley has led the development of the highly successful specialty specific mutual indemnity scheme for plastic surgeons PRASIS to support improvements in patient care and standards of practice. This scheme is now the largest provider of indemnity for plastic surgeons undertaking private practice in the UK. He was core to the developing of its Code of Practice.

He has applied the lessons learned from his development of PRASIS to establish INDIGO, a scheme to assist surgeons and clinicians in all other specialties to develop best practice.

Mr Henley is currently working with the FSSA (Federation of Surgical Specialties Association) to improve practice across the whole of UK surgical practice.

Mr Henley was the Founding Chair of the JCST Training Interface Group in Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery and developed Interface Fellowships in Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery, the Therapeutic use of Lasers, the Management of Major Soft Tissue Trauma and Skin Cancer.

This group includes experts from all the different specialties involved in cosmetic surgery and is developing national standards for training and practice in cosmetic surgery.

For 6 years he was Educational Adviser for all of the JCST Training Interface Groups with additional responsibilities for Hand, Head and Neck, Breast and Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery.

He is currently a member of a Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party addressing the relationship between Society and Cosmetic Surgery.

He was an expert adviser to the GMC in developing the publication Good Practice in Cosmetic Surgery.

In 2017 Mr Henley was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Health Education England (HEE) for excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education.

Mr Henley is married with three children. His personal interests include flying, walking and spending time with his family.


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