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Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine FAQs

The new Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification is one of the biggest changes to affect the aesthetics industry for many years.

It is designed to provide a framework for qualification for BOTOX® and dermal fillers practitioners in the UK.

SkinViva Training have been working closely with the bodies developing the new qualification. On this page, we’re sharing the latest information, answering Frequently Asked Questions about Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine.

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This qualification is an OFQUAL approved post-graduate certificate aimed at medical professionals who want to work towards a specialist academic and competency based award in aesthetic medicine. The qualification specifically focusses on teaching practical skills in carrying out botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments.

In line with HEE recommendations, all applicants must be current, professionally registered;

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Independent Pharmacist Prescribers
  • Independent Nurse and Midwife Prescribers
  • Nurse practitioners (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Midwives (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Pharmacists (without independent prescribing rights)

There are three key components to this aesthetic medicine qualification, which are:

  • Foundation Day – learn the basics of injecting using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers through face-to-face learning & injecting real-life models
  • Clinical Practice – work with a clinical supervisor (in your own time) to observe & carry out a minimum number of treatments which you’ll submit a portfolio of evidence for
  • Assessment – complete a series of online exam questions in your own time and complete 8 OSCEs under exam conditions, which are marked by an assessor

The Foundation Day for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification is your first opportunity to put the knowledge you have learnt from the training materials into practice by working under intense supervision with your trainer on real-life models.

At the start of the day there is a recap of key principles which you have learned and an opportunity for Q&A. After that the day is dedicated to building hands-on experience with carrying out the core treatments using botulinum toxin and dermal fillers and building familiarity with the equipment and products (e.g. how to hold a syringe, dilution ratios, and dealing with emergency situations).

The Foundation Day should be seen as giving you the foundation building blocks for your onward journey in all that your going to learn in the world of non-surgical facial aesthetics.

The goal of your clinical practice is to build up your knowledge and proficiency at carrying out treatments (such as Botox, Azzalure, Bocouture, and Juvederm) under tight supervision so that you can be signed-off by an expert as safe, competent and ready to start undertaking your own treatments in your own clinical setting. The clinical practice phase of this post-graduate qualification in aesthetic medicine is made up of observing and administering a total of 40 treatments on real-life patients which you will arrange.

Specifically, you as the trainee, need to:

  • Observe 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Observe 10 dermal filler treatments;
  • Administer 10 botulinum toxin treatments;
  • Administer 10 dermal filler treatments

A patient who has dermal filler and botulinum toxin can count as two patients but you can’t count 3 areas of Botox as 3 patients.

Once you’ve completed your Foundation Day, you’re ready to make arrangements to commence your clinical practice. You can do this in one of two ways. Firstly, you may have a friend or colleague who is happy to be your clinical supervision. Alternatively, just contact us and we will connect you with a clinical supervisor in your local area. Once you’ve hooked up with someone you can work with, SkinViva Training verify  the eligibility of the supervisor and from there you’re free to arrange dates, times and locations to complete your clinical practice.

The clinical practice part of the qualification is a great phase for building your business because it allows to crack on with promoting your services, treating your patients, and earning a living whilst still under the watchful eyes of an expert.

The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine has several elements which are assessed in order for you to obtain your Level 7 qualification.

  • Short answer questions (SAQs) – these are a series of short essay style questions aligned to the various units which make up the course. You’ll complete these as you build up experience and knowledge, refining them as you go.
  • Clinical practice portfolio – as you treat patients under the watchful eye of your clinical supervisor he/she will give you feedback on how to improve. The end result will be that you will record before and after images which will document your success in this element of the course.
  • Objective structured clinical examisations (OSCEs) – there are 8 OSCEs which you are required to complete at SkinViva Training working 1:1 with an assessor. These will test a range of knowledge from theory, to protocols, to clinical proficiency, to role-playing patient consultations. As you progress around each of the OSCE stations your assessor will mark how you perform. In addition, each OSCE is recorded and the footage is held on file to support the marks you have been given.

All of the above combine together to form your overall evidence portfolio which our trainers and assessors will use to assess your competence and, hopefully, pass you on the course to allow you to obtain your certificate for the Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine qualification.

Firstly it’s important to know that there are two awarding panels for the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification per year. This means that the speed at which you can achieve this qualification is partly down to aligning to either one of these two points in time but also down to you. It’s certainly possible for you to study hard to be able to undertake your foundation day, complete your clinical practice, and complete your assessments within a month however you would need to line up your work according to the next awarding panel as this is the final stage of the process where you pass or fail is confirmed.

Alternatively you might like to take the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification at a more relaxed pace. As an example then, you could do the Foundation Day in the spring, do your clinical practice at a steady pace over the summer, and then complete all of your assessments in the autumn. This would allow you to line up with the awarding panel which takes place in the autumn/winter period.

In other words it really is up to you to set the pace. Typically people will complete this qualification over no more than a year in order to work efficiently to retain the knowledge and build up clinical proficiency. The optimal amount of time to complete the qualification over is likely to be 3-4 months.

No, absolutely not. The British government have moved away from statutory regulation of the non-surgical aesthetics sector and as such there is no mandatory requirement to register as an aesthetic clinician or to undertake any qualifications.

SkinViva Training (as part of SkinViva Ltd) however believe passionately in being the best you can be. Indeed, one of our four values for our own team is ‘unrivalled skill’. We encourage you to see the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification as part of your journey from the individual modular courses we offer to obtaining a fully OFQUAL recognised qualification which you can share with your patients as a top-notch quality mark of competence and safety.

SkinViva Training offer a range of individual course modules separate to the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine qualification which can be learned and attended in isolation and also which, should you choose, can be upgraded to the full qualification. It’s entirely your choice however our role is to help set out for you the reasons why you might like to consider doing the full qualification in Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine.

  • Ofqual approved qualification (the qualifications regulator) – reflecting the quality and consistency of this award but also the fact that OFQUAL recognise there is sufficient demand in the market to justify the need for this qualification. In this sense, you’ll be obtaining something which is recognised UK-wide.
  • Equivalent to post-graduate qualification – this is a Level 7 qualification and so targeted at medical professionals and so reinforcing a safety message about who patients should choose for Botox and dermal filler treatments.
  • A quality mark to advertise to your patients – this qualification is a great way to show to your patients that you’re serious about your aesthetics career and that you put safety first by demonstrating you’ve invested in your education and training.
  • More time-efficient than a masters – several universities are now offering master-level qualifications for aesthetic medicine however these are typically completed over 1-3 years and require a substantial investment with escalating tuition fees.
  • Possible entry criteria for the Joint council for cosmetic Practitioners in 2017 (who will own a register of Aesthetic practitioners) – this the new body (backed by the Department of Health) who will own a register of aesthetic clinicians and set the educational framework for this sector.
  • Could reduce your annual insurance costs in the future – insurers are likely to reflect having this qualification in the price of your annual premium
  • Possible consideration for employers – although we cannot say for certain, it’s certainly a possibility that this will be one of the quality marks which employers/clinics will look for on the CVs of the aesthetic clinicians which they’re looking to hire.

This qualification has been developed in line with Health Education England recommendations and so all applicants must be current, professionally registered with their professional body. The specified roles which can do this qualification at this point in time are:

In line with HEE recommendations, all applicants must be current, professionally registered;

  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Independent Pharmacist Prescribers
  • Independent Nurse and Midwife Prescribers
  • Nurse practitioners (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Midwives (without independent prescribing rights)
  • Pharmacists (without independent prescribing rights)

SkinViva Training will be lobbying the awarding organisation to expand this list once the pilot of the qualification (ie its first academic year) has been completed.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 qualification, you’ll choose your own Clinical Supervisor who you’ll work with to complete 20 observed treatments and 20 treatment you’ll administer yourself under close supervision.

Our goal is to build up a national database of clinical supervisors for you to connect with and then select someone who you’d like to work with. Alternatively, you can choose someone from within your own social/work circle but they must meet the criteria, which is verified by SkinViva.

In terms of models to practise on and product to work with, you’ll supply both of these for each of the sessions which you arrange with the Clinical Supervisor. However, this can be seen as a real positive because it’s a great way to start your business off where you can charge your customers for the treatment they’ll receive whilst you work under expert supervision to build your confidence.

For the clinical practice phase of the Level 7 Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine qualification, you are required to work with a Clinical Supervisor so that you can observe 20 treatments and carry out 20 treatments under direct supervision. You will arrange your Clinical Supervisor separately to SkinViva Training. However, we can supply you with a database of names from which to connect with potential supervisors. All our supervisors have their own rate and you will pay them directly.

Please note this is not included in your course fee and so you need to budget for the amount of clinical supervision time/fees which you think you will need to complete the practice specified. Clinical supervision fees vary considerably; a guideline range could be from £250 per day to £500 per day but fees should be confirmed with each individual separately.

There is no time limit for when you must complete the clinical practice by but it must be submitted in full when you choose to submit your overarching portfolio ready for marking and passing of the qualification.

Yes it’s perfectly fine to charge your patients even when you’re learning and building your portfolio/experience during the clinical practice phase of the qualification.

We’d always recommend being honest with your patients by telling them you’ve done your initial training and are now building up more specialist experience working with a clinical supervisor. As such, you might like to offer your patients a price which reflects the nature of your present learning and experience.

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