HEE (NHS Body Health Education England) has published part two of its recommendations for improving and standardising the training available to aesthetic and cosmetic practitioners and qualifications required for carrying out popular aesthetic skin treatments procedures.
Links to HEE Reports
Non-surgical cosmetic interventions and hair restoration surgery
- HEE Cosmetic publication part one (.pdf) 610.5 KB
- Qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures – November 2015
- HEE Cosmetic publication part two (.pdf) 233.85 KB
- Implementation of qualification requirements for cosmetic procedures – January 2016
As a result of the Professor Keogh report in April 2013, Health Education England was commissioned by the Department of Health to develop guidelines on who can carry out non-surgical cosmetic procedures and standards of training for the cosmetic sector in order to improve training and patient safety.
Part One of the HEE report explains:
“There are currently no restrictions on who may perform cosmetic procedures, no qualification requirements and an absence of accredited training courses in an industry which is booming and expected to be worth £3.6 billion by 2015. The requirements presented in this report address this issue by setting out qualification requirements and associated standards for delivery of cosmetic procedures.”
The HEE proposals cover 5 specific areas of treatment:
- Botox injections (botulinum toxin)
- Dermal filler injections and lip enhancement
- Chemical peels and skin rejuvenation treatments
- Laser, IPL (intense pulsed light) and LED (light emitting diode) treatments
- Hair restoration surgery
Botox and Dermal Fillers Qualifications
The HEE report recommends that those who want to carry out fillers and Botox in the UK will have to complete a level 6 or 7 qualification (depending on the area treated). Level 6 is equivalent to degree level and level 7 is equivalent to postgraduate.
Recognising knowledge, skills and experience of existing practitioners
In part two of the report HEE states
“We recognise that it will take some time to implement the new qualification requirements and that mechanisms are needed to recognise the previously acquired skills and experience of existing practitioners. It is important that those already practising in the industry and administering the treatments covered by these qualification requirements are not unfairly penalised or forced to go out of business as a result of implementation of these requirements and that implementation is phased to avoid any dislocation of services to the public.”
What Happens Next
The Department of Health will review the HEE recommendation and choose how to take the work forward.
In response to the reports, the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) have announced they will work together on the establishment of a joint council for the non-surgical aesthetics sector.
SkinViva Training Academy Manchester
SkinViva Training Ltd support a well-regulated industry. We will continue to update our website with further news of regulations and change in the industry.
SkinViva Training Academy offerss a range of professional training courses for cosmetic and medical skin treatments and believes that undertaking formal cosmetic treatments training is a good first step for practitioners.
Courses are directed at qualified medical professionals including suitably qualified and registered medical professionals who wish to learn and build on their skills in delivering these procedures. Beauticians are not currently accepted. A list of who can train, based on insurance policies, is held up to date on the FAQ page.
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.