Some of our delegates most frequently asked questions are about prescribing.
What are they allowed to do themselves, what qualifications are required, whether and how to become a prescriber or else how to find one to work with locally.
SkinViva Training have been providing advice on this for years. On this page, we’ve pulled together some of the most commonly asked questions. If you can’t see what you’re looking for or would like to talk it through, please feel free to contact us. We’re sure we can help!
YES – botulinum toxin is a POM (prescription only medicine) and therefore you must have a prescription from a suitably qualified prescriber. This includes other botulinum toxin brands, as well as BOTOX®.
No – dermal filler is not a POM (prescription only medicine) and therefore there is no need for a prescription.
Dermal Fillers are a rapidly growing treatment area in the UK. We have seen a marked increase in demand for these treatments and is likely to form a lot of your business which limits the need for a Prescriber to Botox clinics/clients.
If you are not a prescriber yourself, then you will need to work with a qualified prescriber for BOTOX® injections.
Many candidates are concerned about this aspect of the business, but finding a local prescriber may be easier than you might think.
- Delegates who have completed a course with SkinViva Training can access our Exclusive Delegates Prescribers List, which has the details of prescribers all over the UK who are happy to be contacted
- Another good idea would be to talk to Medical colleagues and friends in your area who may be or may know a Prescriber
- Try your Social Media contacts
- SkinViva Training can also try to put you in touch with a Prescriber through our contacts and can also give you contact details for a company who specialise in finding Prescribers
- Following your course we provide ongoing support via our Closed Trainee Network page. We and Delegates have posted on here and successfully gained a prescriber
As far as we are aware, a large proportion of our Delegates are non prescribing nurses and they have generally been able to find a Prescriber for their locality without needing to take the V300 Prescribing qualification themselves.
If you’d like to discuss this further prior to booking, please call us on 0161 850 2491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to come back to you within 24 hours (our working days are Monday to Saturday).
V300 is the qualification you will need to Prescribe Botox (botulinum toxin) for the Aesthetics Industry.
The V300 course is available at several universities. This is not an exhaustive list but at the time of writing, they include
- De Montfort University
- Salford University
- Edge Hill University (Ormskirk)
- University of Central Lancashire (Preston)
- Oxford Brookes University
- Birmingham City University
- Sheffield Hallam University
- University of Cumbria
- University of Manchester
- University of Chester
Search Google for more V300 course universities.
Entry criteria, course costings, duration and content may vary. We recommend speaking directly to the University, who can guide and advise you on the latest course information.
If you are not already a Prescriber yourself, we would recommend starting with a SkinViva Training course in non-surgical treatments before embarking on the V300 course – so that you can try Aesthetics to make sure it is the business for you without the full commitment of a V300 course.
We’ve asked a few practitioners and industry experts to share their views and experiences in a series of ‘Prescribers’ Blogs’:
Whether just prescribing or also administering treatment, insurance companies always expect a practitioner to be trained, competent and indemnified for the work they undertake.
Where a prescriber is working to support another practitioner by prescribing for them, it’s still a requirement that the prescriber has received adequate training in aesthetics to protect themselves in the event of the claim.
Ultimately the prescriber is accountable for the medicine (in this case botulinum toxin) and it’s outcome for that patient so they need to be knowledgeable in how to deal with any complications should they occur.
The actual type of training expected by insurers differs according to which insurer the prescriber contacts. Some insurers state that an online course (or eLearning course) is enough to provide knowledge whereas some insurers state that practical training is required because of the importance of knowing how to deal with complications.
Always check with your insurance company when prescribing, what it is they require from you.
eLearning courses in aesthetics are an excellent way to build, top-up or refresh your knowledge on various topics in aesthetics.
However, online courses should never outright replace the undertaking of a practical course in aesthetics, where hands-on experience is essential to ensuring you’re adequately trained and competent to undertake or prescribe for the procedures you’re involved in.
It’s important to remember that in the event of an insurance claim against you that all insurers will ask for evidence that you were trained and competent.
Prescribers should check the exact position of each insurer you approach for cover, because some recognise the validity of eLearning courses whilst others do not.
Please browse these separate pages for more information:
- Entry Requirements (who can train)
- Before a Course
- Course Day
- Level 7
- Starting Out / After Training
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