An undercover investigation into non-surgical treatment practices by The Times has revealed that some doctors are still prescribing Botox without seeing patients.
The practice, known as remote prescribing, goes against GMC regulations and one doctor has been struck off for issuing hundreds of prescriptions for nurses to deliver for patients that he had not personally consulted.
The lack of real legislation around Botox practices in the UK is an ongoing problem and one which has been highlighted repeatedly in the media and via various reports and studies.
There are recommendations for the industry to be ‘tightened up’ but at present, the key regulations for practitioners to be aware of are as follows:
- Botox is a prescription only medicine
- If prescribed by a doctor, then under GMC guidelines, that doctor must have carried out a face to face consultation
- Nurses have similar requirements under NMC guidelines which prohibit remote prescribing
- The guidelines apply to the person(s) giving the prescription but there is no requirement for practitioners (injectors) to have their clients seen before treatment
For the latest advice on working within the ever-changing cosmetic treatments industry, speak to SkinViva Training.
SkinViva Training Academy Manchester
SkinViva Training Ltd supports the development of a safe and well regulated industry. We offer a range of professional training courses for non-surgical skin treatments for a range of qualified medical professionals including:
- Prescribing Pharmacists
- Dental Therapists
- Dental Hygienists (not dental nurses)
An up to date list of who can train, based on insurance policies, is held up to date on the FAQ page.
Not all of these professions are able to prescribe Botox, but SkinViva Training will help delegates to find a local prescriber through our network of contacts. Past delegates can also ask for help or share recommendations via the Facebook group, which course delegates can access for ongoing support.
SkinViva Training provides high quality, value-for-money courses at all levels from entry to advanced; preparing candidates to deliver safe, effective non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Popular courses include training in Botox, dermal fillers, injectable lip enhancement and anaesthetics.
For further information, to discuss which course is right for you, to enquire about availability or to book a training course please call 0161 850 2491, email firstname.lastname@example.org.