Applying to Join the BAPAM Directory
The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is the largest provider of clinical services across the UK performing arts sector, working with artists and technicians, unions, educators, employers, and support organisations. We build connections between healthcare practitioners and the creative industry. Getting involved with BAPAM is an opportunity to contribute your expertise to this developing field, join a vibrant professional network and expand your experience with performing arts patients and clients.
The BAPAM Directory lists practitioners who are experienced helping creative professionals with health problems related to their work. We include high quality and accessible care, provided independently of BAPAM, both privately and within the NHS.
There is no charge to join the Directory. The Directory is used by our clinicians and administrative team and is available to the public on our website. Joining our Directory does not guarantee you referrals from BAPAM.
BAPAM is a medical organisation. Our Directory focuses on clinical professions and has a formal application process. Please check the included professions and requirements before applying. Where we include allied healthcare practitioners, we normally require a degree level or equivalent qualification and regulation of the practice by an accredited body. We also consider the evidence base for the practice’s efficacy in supporting performing arts clients. If you would like to discuss these criteria, please contact us. We do recognise that many people find a range of other approaches helpful and we publish advice about this here.
Note for coaches and educators: Some professionals who provide services in the creative sector, whose approach may be outside the clinical focus of our Directory, may be appropriately qualified and experienced to work with us as BAPAM Trainers, who deliver our healthy performance education programme. You are welcome to contact us to discuss this.
BAPAM Clinical Team: In our own clinics, BAPAM Assessing Clinicians provide free medical assessments for performing arts professionals and students with health problems related to their work. If you are a doctor, physiotherapist, osteopath or clinical or counselling psychologist interested in working with us as a BAPAM Assessing Clinician, and have not already discussed this with us, please get in touch.
Professions Listed on the BAPAM Directory
- Licensed Medical or Dental Practitioner (e.g. ENT consultant, GP, Occupational health specialist, Rheumatologist, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Psychiatrist, dentist)
- Acupuncturist (requires dual medicine or physiotherapy qualification)
- Alexander Technique teacher
- Art Therapist, Arts Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist or Music Therapist
- Dyslexia Diagnostician
- Hand Therapist
- Hypnotherapist (requires dual medicine, nursing or counselling qualification)
- Massage Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Optician, Ophthalmologist, Optometrist
- Performance Coach (with high level psychology training)
- Pilates teacher
- Speech and Language Therapist/Speech Therapist
- Sports Therapist or Sport Rehabilitator
- Vocal Rehabilitation Coach (meeting BAPAM VRC competencies)
Before applying, please check these qualification, accreditation and registration requirements:
Your fees: We ask BAPAM Registered Practitioners to consider reducing their private fee for our clients. This is optional and flexible. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further. We will query your fees if they are higher than comparable services.
CPD and training: BAPAM Registered Practitioners will receive advance notification of training organised by BAPAM and are entitled to discounted registration fees. We will ask you to demonstrate ongoing CPD relevant to your work in performing arts health, including BAPAM training or other performing arts specific events. We will keep you informed of additional relevant training organised by other organisations but we would expect you to attend some form of BAPAM-organised training at least every two years.
Annual declarations: You will receive an annual request to confirm your professional registration, insurance and DBS are up to date, and provide information about CPD you have undertaken. A random selection of BAPAM Registered Practitioners are asked to provide certificates.
How to Apply
Please use the online application form. If you have any questions about joining the Directory or would prefer to receive the application form in Word format by email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7404 8444.