Since its launch earlier this year, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) is a hot bed of debate. We’re asking if it should be stopped, supported or improved?
Dr Tim Pearce, Medical Director at SkinViva Training in Manchester, has created a unique bike analogy that will help you to fully understand the JCCP in order for you to make that decision.
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What is the aim of the JCCP?
The JCCP have been commissioned by the government to set up a system that would help guarantee the safety of the public when seeking injectable Botox and Dermal Filler treatments.
They describe themselves as
‘’the body that registers practitioners and approved education and training providers with the key remit of ensuring patient safety.’’
Their aim is to become a
‘thoughtful organisation’ that encourages the pursuit of trustworthiness and effective collaboration amongst its partners in order to protect the public and to promote excellence in practise.”
What is the aim of the JCCP?
It is agreed that for the aesthetics industry to be safe, practitioners need a set of skills that are going to make them well rounded.
Those skills are given to the practitioners through training schools such as SkinViva Training, that teach and test their skills in administering Botox and Dermal Fillers through qualifications such as Level 7.
But teaching that set of skills and testing them is not enough on their own to keep patients safe.
Dr Tim says
‘‘We need a system that can steer or stop people from practicing if they are not safe’’.
This is where the JCCP will come in. They will moderate how the skills are being both taught and implemented.
What does the JCCP mean for practitioners?
The JCCP will encourage and support you throughout your journey of being the best & safest aesthetic clinician you can be.
By regulating its practitioners, this will help to limit the amount of unsafe treatments being carried out on the public.
This in turn will hopefully mean that the quality of the aesthetic industry’s reputation will improve, which will benefit all those practicing.
What are the challenges against the JCCP?
The biggest challenge against the JCCP is against the face they want to include non-medical professionals in this system.
Whilst we know the JCCP want to make the industry safer, it is widely believed that non-medical professionals don’t have the same accountability as a fully trained medic does.
There have also been numerous challenges against the logistics.
For example, how are the JCCP going to pick up when a practitioner isn’t performing to a high enough standard? Will they really be that great at accountability?
Or on the other hand – people have raised concern about the JCCP aiming to be TOO safe.
Dr Tim raises the point that
They may be safe ‘’to the point where it makes daily practice impossible to do.’’
One of the biggest complaints is that there are already regulatory bodies in place, so why should people have to pay for another one?
The main reason we need to join another regulatory body is ultimately to make patients safer. If you are in this industry, then patients ALWAYS need to come first.
If you do want to change or alter it – the only way to do this is by PROVING that they aren’t making the public safer.
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