The shortage of regulations in the cosmetic industry has become an important cause for concern. Whilst the aesthetics industry has been booming in recent years – there has also been an increase in claims of unsafe practice and inadequate treatments provided by some practitioners. This is a risk to both patient safety and the public confidence in facial aesthetics.
In response to this The Department of Health commissioned Health Education England to report on and make recommendations on the standards of training. Experts from the cosmetic sector have contributed to the new guidelines which have been put in place to improve training and patient safety. This has resulted in a new Level 7 qualifications unveiled to improve the safety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
At Derma Medical we believe that increased regulation can only be good for all patients and practitioners in the aesthetic space and we are very pleased to launch our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.
What the HEE Guidelines Say
In 2014 the Government made recommendations to improve the safety for non-invasive cosmetic surgery. Health Education England (HEE) consulted healthcare professionals, training providers and insurance companies in the cosmetic industry and in 2015 published its recommendations.
In 2015 the GMC also started developing their own guidance, the NMC and GPHC are all expected to follow suit.
Part One of the HEE Guidelines published in November 2015 states that practitioners will need to observe 10 Botox treatments and 10 Dermal Fillers treatments and Inject 10 Botox patients and Inject 10 Dermal Fillers patients under supervision. Delegates will also then need to pass a written theory exam and practical exam (Objective Strutured Clinical Examination – OSCE) before been awarded a Level 7 qualification in Aesthetic Medicine.
Part Two of the 2016 HEE requirements gives the deadline of September 2018 for practitioners to complete this Level 7 qualification. There will be a phased implementation to ensure new practitioners meet these requirements and existing practitioners can demonstrate them.
How Will the HEE Guidelines Affect New and Existing Practitioners?
The new HEE Guidelines will apply to all practitioners, disregarding any previous training or professional background.
All groups will be required to undertake additional education and training to be able to deliver cosmetic interventions or formally demonstrate that they already meet the qualification requirements.
Practitioners will have until September 2018 to comply with these new regulations and will need a Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine to continue practising after this time.
Derma Medical’s Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine
A Derma Medical we are very pleased to be one of the first training providers to offer the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.
We understand that medical professionals are busy and don’t want to spend months training before they can start practising. We also understand that there are many aesthetic professionals out there that have already completed training courses and don’t want to have to start training from scratch again.
Derma Medical offer an accredited modular 3 stage course regulated by Ofqual. This Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine meets all HEE guidelines and is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners. There are various entry points depending on your level of experience (Beginners, Inexperienced and Experienced practitioners) with policies for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Stage 1 (for beginners) – We offer a practical 1 Day Foundation and 1 Day Advanced course along with our eManual covering all core topics required by the latest GMC & HEE guidelines. Many delegates choose to do both Foundation and Advanced days back-to-back – our Combined Course option. We line up over 30 live cosmetic models across each training weekend to ensure delegates get plenty of hands on experience and are able to gain indemnity insurance and start practicing immediately after the course.
Stage 2 (for inexperienced practitioners) – Complete the required 10 observed and 10 supervised treatments in Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers required for portfolio sign-off and receive a signed supervisors report enabling progression to stage 3.
Stage 3 (for experienced practitioners) – Candidates will be examined on theoretical and practical content to gain the Level 7 qualification in Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine.
On successful completion of training, our delegates will receive accredited level 7 qualification in aesthetic injectables which is regulated by the government’s office of qualifications OFQUAL.
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