- MATA’s blended learning approach uses practical sessions and interactive theory to make the learning programmes engaging and fun!
- We recognise that a hands-on approach works best when desiring a career in facial aesthetics. We keep practical session group sizes small so that you get the maximum hands-on experience possible
- The exclusive MATA virtual learning environment (VLE) is a comprehensive, university standard platform containing extensive materials including interactive quizzes, videos, infographics, webinars and other resources
- Our trainers, all experts in their field, come from a variety of backgrounds, including surgeons, doctors, nurse prescribers, and other
- aesthetic practitioners
- MATA is recognised in the industry as being an advocate for better industry legislation
- We will consider payment plans to cover the fees
- Learners who have already completed relevant MATA courses may benefit from a reduced learning programme and assessment burden, and reduced fees!
- The qualifications should provide you with:Improved employability, Higher income, An opportunity to work and study at the same time, Enhanced personal and career development
Last Month, a new exciting concept was launched by iConsult, called Cosmecoin, an exciting project that is truly a world first – the first “Token of Trust”, Director, Richard Crawford Small explains to Safety in Beauty what the exciting new launch means for the aesthetics industry.
The First Of Its Kind
iConsult will be the first to develop a blockchain-based solution for the Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics industries. This platform has the potential to be the market leader in this industry and change the way the consumer connects with the industry for ever
Following the presale, the crowd-sale will commence and the gathered funds will be used to create a team of front and back end developers for the ClinicOS Platform, the creation of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) which includes the programming and launching of the trusted feedback platform, CRM Features, supporting tools, and the payment and aftercare mobile app.
In order to participate in the crowd-sale, each purchaser will be required to register on our whitelist. This whitelist will confirm your country of origin and require you to provide information that ensures you are, by law, allowed to participate in the sale of the COSX token.
With kind thanks to the Cosmecoin Team for sponsoring The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards WOW After Party, meet the team and find out more about how you can take part in the Cosmecoin Revolution.
What Is Cosmecoin?
Billed as “The first decentralized ecosystem directly connecting aesthetic practitioners and consumers,” Cosmecoin is a surgical beauty treatment portal, connecting plastic surgeons and consumers.
Benefiting the trade by marketing to and enabling clients, and benefiting clients by vetting listed practitioners, Cosmecoin also offers secure data storage and a library of relevant information.
A cornerstone of the Cosmecoin offering is its upgrading of the practitioners’ registry. As part of the protocols at play, the company will source and vet practitioners, raising the profiles of favored aesthetic surgeons, while also allowing for a forum in which both medical teams and consumers can mutually appraise their dealings.
Their online presentation states that iConsult’s development focus with Cosmecoin is on “converting its existing technology to create and implement the first blockchain-based platform for the cosmetic surgery sector and to provide practitioners with a market-leading patient management system.”
The company’s offer is a mixture of tested old school marketing, CRM and retooled apps from their iOS consulting stable, all presented on chain. Pitched in the lucrative cosmetic surgery industry, the token issue aims at resolving cumbersome user experiences and optimizing doctor-patient liaison.
Cosmecoin ICO Snapshot
Token Type: Utility
Pre-sale: Preferential prices from $0.0111 – $0.0333 representing
Discounted offers for pre-sale
Token Sale: June 2018
Hard Cap: $6 million
Price: 1 COSX = $0.037 post ICO
Payments accepted: ETH, BTC, LTC, USD, GBP, EUR
Issues Cosmecoin May Solve
In the cosmetic surgery industry, name and reputation are paramount in optimizing practice. The company acts as a portal to both rank and publicize practitioners, while providing one-stop shopping for consumers seeking reliable services. Security of data as well as dispute resolution are all enabled by the imagined ecosystem. Prospective clients typically face the task of shopping around in a vacuum when searching for reliable practitioners. Payments and post-operative scheduling are also points of contention at times, something Cosmecoin seeks to address wholesale.
The Cosmecoin Solution
Apart from the app development that enables vastly improved data handling and storage, the personal ownership of information is a cornerstone of the offer. Cosmecoin rapidly facilitates doctor-client liaison, tracks feedback from consultations and allows for the building of a self-regulating community.
“Peer feedback and real-time market research” and analysis are all enabled on the platform. With Cosmecoin, a patient will now not only have access to but also controls their own history too, while being able to engage a community of fellow consumers as well as experience an enhanced pre- and post-operative liaison platform.
The Cosmecoin Team
The Cosmecoin CEO and founder is Richard Crawford Small, with Chief Technical Officer Chris Barber. Other members are the Creative Director Russel Turner, Community Manager Lia Burnell, Fullstack Developer Vladimir Chernyshev, blockchain principal Gang Zhu and Australian GM Pat Maugeri.
Team advisers include Rob Westmacott, Lisajane Davies, Dr. Ravi Jain, Julian Macedo, Charles Weatherstone and Sarah Louise Woodman.
The Cosmecoin ICO comes on the back of a going consulting concern, and its emergence is a product of industry experience and facilitation on the back of existing products and services.
Cosmecoin has core value as a better way of conducting business in the cosmetic surgery industry. It’s fast, communal and reputable, and comes from an established stable with experience in the field. Quite apart from its intrinsic value and growth prospects, it is aimed at a multi billion-dollar industry.
The ICO is conservative and shows the hallmarks of another good earner being added to a portfolio offering that has done the company well to date.
As the sector of aesthetic surgery grows and patients’ technical savvy and UX demands grow alongside, Cosmecoin is perfectly poised to enable a new level of service provision among all parties.
As part of a new initiative commencing today, Safety in Beauty have launched a #FaceTheFacts Campaign challenging beauty and aesthetic industry brands, suppliers and manufacturers to open the doors to their business, and allow the campaign to investigate and explore how their daily operations and brand ethos stands up to the benchmark of transparency, truth and safety. Zain Bhojani, Operations. Co-Director of Church Pharmacy opened the doors to his London and Loughborough based offices and invited Safety in Beauty in, to talk about the medical aesthetic pharmacy and clinic supplies business, that he manages with his team.
Tell Us About The Background of Your Business:
Church Pharmacy is a family business and was founded in 2005 by a Brother and Sister team who are a Pharmacist and Doctor specializing in Medical Aesthetics. Its aim was to provide the best possible service and choice as a medical aesthetic pharmacy and clinic supplies distributor.
Any significant Milestones your business has achieved?
Over the years we have earned commendations and high commendations in distributor and wholesaler of the year categories.
Our proudest achievement was winning ‘Best Customer Service’ at The Aesthetic Awards in 2016, as this was across various distributors, manufacturers and other service providers.
What makes your business unique?
We are essentially an online pharmacy in the unique field that is Medical Aesthetics. We have been at the forefront when pushing the quality of service whether that be through our innovative and robust digital prescribing service, ‘DigitRx’ or the personal and friendly nature of our team, who offer a more human approach to our customers who over the years and have become great friends too. This is possible through the automation of administrative processes in the background.
Clarify the controversy surrounding Cosmedic chemists dispensing to non-prescribers, where does Church Pharmacy stand on this?
Prescriptions can only be created by healthcare professionals that are qualified to prescribe. Prescribers will on occasion request for products to be sent to various locations as they may be practicing from multiple sites. They may also have their orders sent to us by clinic managers and other administrative associates who they work with. People other than the prescriber or health care professional must be signed off by that health care professional in order to take part in the appropriate part of the order processing.
In short, and to be clear, medical aesthetic injectable products cannot be processed without the sign off from an appropriate Health Care Practitioner with training and insurance. Therefore, a non-health care practitioner such as a clinic manager, a beauty therapist working within the clinic or a receptionist, can be authorized to order on the HCP’s behalf with the express written permission of the HCP only. Prescription only medicines will always need a signature from the prescriber.
We have the most robust sign up and ordering process in the industry, for that we are sure, sometimes to the detriment of the high quality of service and customer satisfaction we provide, we do turn business away if we feel it is putting the public at risk, or we feel something is amiss.
Putting the safety of the patient first is most important to us as well as our customers too.
With all the above safeguards in place, to protect the practitioner as well as the patient, it is impossible to physically control the products after they have been delivered to where the customer wants them to be sent. We trust that health care professionals carry out their practice with the integrity and ethics their role demands.
Does Church Pharmacy directly supply injectable dermal fillers to Beauty Therapists?
If a beauty therapist, clinic manager or other clinic staff happen to receive an injectable product from us, this would only have been possible with sign off from a health care professional at some point requesting us to send to a particular address for them.
What does Church Pharmacy currently think about the aesthetic industry as it stands?
We love our field for the happiness and confidence that it creates for innumerable people, and we’ve seen Medical Aesthetics continue to grow at a fast pace. We have also seen a number of complications in the press as many others have in recent years. The more procedures that happen, the more likely it is that complications will occur. We support any initiative that urges the public to choose their practitioner wisely and ensure that the practitioner is capable of handling complications in a safe, legal manner and within their area of expertise.
We would also urge practitoners, for the sake of their patients, to choose wisely where they obtain products from. You get what you pay for, and as competitive as we are, we urge customers to order from MHRA and GPHC regulated pharmacies who have official relationships with manufacturers where clinics can receive the necessary support, training and can be assured that good distribution practice and other important factors such as temperature regulation are being strictly adhered to. The issue surrounding counterfeit product is very real too. Some companies have gone above and beyond to counteract this. For example, Teoxane have unique 2D barcodes and Galderma recently introduced unique hologram stickers for all their dermal fillers to safeguard their products.
My Verdict on Church Pharmacy by Safety in Beauty Founder Antonia Mariconda
I was keen to probe Church Pharmacy as the first business in our #FaceTheFacts Campaign as I have, on several occasions heard their name pop up on professional community social media forums where they have been questioned and rumoured to have supplied, aesthetic injectable products and prescription only products directly to non healthcare practitioners without any protocol or paperwork in place.
I have watched Church Pharmacy grow their brand in the industry over a number of years, indeed their presence is popular and many aesthetic practitioners do use their easy to access on-line service and telephone service.
As part of the #FaceTheFacts Campaign, we used 3 mystery shoppers from our campaign, over a period of 6 months, to try and access a direct purchase for a dermal filler injectable product, and two prescription only aesthetic medical products, our mystery shoppers were questioned extensively and turned down on all three occasions, the rejection was also met with the request for further identification and further evidence of identification from the prescribing officer to be presented to the Pharmacy.
The burden of responsibility as far as ethics, transparency and diligence are concerned here tilts heavily towards the health care practitioner/prescriber. To apportion blame otherwise is simply passing the buck over the immorality of a corrupt health care practitioner/prescriber.
If a protocol with strict guidelines has been adhered to and rigorously updated and implemented, then there is only so much a business can do to fight the battle of unscrupulous and blatant disregard for public safety and ethical good practice by a rogue minority.
We are delighted to announce that Totally Derma are the latest commercial supporters of The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards 2018.
The specialist Anti-Ageing Collagen Drink Supplement have sponsored The Beauty Business of The Year Award at this years Diamond Awards held in London at the 5 Star Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm Marble Arch on July 7th, at 6.5pm
Diretor Anita Eyles says “I’m delighted to support such a worthy initiative”.
Totally Derma® is an Anti-Ageing Collagen Drink Supplement that works from the INSIDE to stimulate the body’s optimum production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, addressing both the aesthetic (physical) signs of ageing and the underlying physiological processes. It is a scientifically researched, evidence based, results-driven DAILY ingestible skin drink, for a double pronged approach to anti-ageing. Internal AND Topical.
As a result of being ingested, Totally Derma works from the inside out: collagen contributes to skin firmness and elasticity and hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and confers volume and density, thus filling in wrinkles. Totally Derma is also shown to boost collagen and hydration levels throughout the body, with visible improvements in overall skin, hair, nails, joints and gynaecological menopausal dryness.
For more information please visit: https://totallyderma.com
We are delighted to announce that Cosmetic Insure are the latest commercial supporters of The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards 2018.
The specialist insurance company, have sponsored The Cosmetic Surgeon of The Year Award at this years Diamond Awards held in London at the 5 Star Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm Marble Arch on July 7th, at 6.5pm.
About Cosmetic Insure
Cosmetic Insure is a specialist provider of insurance products and services specifically designed for the Cosmetic industry. Whether providing botox and dermal fillers or the latest laser treatments, Their experienced team can offer free advice on all products from Medical Malpractice to their comprehensive Clinic package designed to protect your premises, equipment and legal obligations to your employees.
Cosmetic Insure use the collective leverage of their many clients to create a buying force that allows them to offer extensive policy covers at the most competitive prices. The company believe that cost and scope of protection are equally important and neither should be compromised. As an approved and recommended insurance broker to the Aesthetic Industry, they have partnered with leading Cosmetic Insurers so you can feel secure in the knowledge that you are insuring with the experts.
Cosmetic Insure is a Lloyd’s Coverholder and works with a panel of industry specialist insurers ensuring that the cover and price suits your every requirement.
Please visit www.cosmeticinsure.com for more information
The Safety in Beauty Campaign Diamond Awards is today delighted to announce that Global Industry leader in aesthetic technology: Lumenis, have pledged their support to The Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards 2018 by sponsoring The Doctor of The Year Award Category.
Lumenis is a global leader in the field of minimally-invasive clinical solutions for the Surgical, Ophthalmology and Aesthetic markets, and is a world-renowned expert in developing and commercializing innovative energy-based technologies , including Laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio-Frequency (RF).
The campaign advisory panel and awards organising committee are delighted by the industry support for 2018 and thank Lumenis for their gesture of unity.
To find out more about Lumenis please click here.
Industry News: Global sales of colour cosmetics are expected to reach a beautiful US$ 48.3 bn in 2018, up 6% from US$ 45.5 bn in 2017, according to new research from Mintel. And it seems that looking good is big business, as across the globe the top five colour cosmetics markets in 2018 are forecast to be: the US (US$ 12.1 bn), Japan (US$ 6.4 bn), China (US$ 5.1 bn), the UK (US$ 2.7 bn) and South Korea (US$ 2.2 bn).
This comes as the 28th edition of in-cosmetics Global, the world’s leading exhibition for personal care ingredients, kicks off today (Tuesday 17th April) in Amsterdam. Mintel’s Global Colour Cosmetics Analyst Charlotte Libby will present the very latest trends in colour cosmetics at the conference. Here, she identifies the hottest macro-trends in the category: social media, sustainability, transparency, and hybridisation.
Vlog me beautiful
41% of Chinese colour cosmetics users are influenced by celebrity beauty bloggers and vloggers to buy products
31% of German make-up users aged 16-24 wear make-up to feel trendy
66% of UK women aged 16-24 say it’s easy to learn new beauty techniques from the internet
“The success of influencers has shown that people buy the personality, and not simply the products. It has become more important for brands to have a personality, to showcase their founders, and tell their story to be relatable for consumers. Social media gives brands a way to give customers behind-the-scenes access to their culture.
“As fashions change, new ‘selfie-friendly’ zones of the face are receiving more attention. Eye make-up is moving away from the lids, with the brow bone and inner eye corners growing in popularity as focus points for bright and bold colours. Meanwhile, the Youtube-born ‘boy beat’ complexion trend is catching on, encouraging make-up users to switch to sheer bases and embrace so-called flaws such as freckles, pigmentation or dark circles.” Says Charlotte.
Focus on sustainability
66% of UK female beauty buyers aged 16-24 want retailers to give them more information about which beauty products are environmentally-friendly
24% of Italian women have bought natural and organic make-up in the past year
“The beauty industry’s shift towards natural and organic products will have a unique impact on colour cosmetics, leading to increased attention on product origin and quality of ingredients. Brands will be expected to demonstrate their ethical policies and consideration of resources and alternatives. For instance, many glitters found in colour cosmetics contain non-biodegradable microplastics. As consumer awareness around the negatives of microplastics grows, glitter in make-up will be subject to more scrutiny.
“Consumers are drawn to brands that act responsibly. Attempting to reduce the carbon footprint by tackling waste is an area in which colour cosmetics brands can innovate. Alternative materials like bamboo, coconut husk and rice bran have been a growing trend in packaging. As well as appealing to consumers looking for environmentally-friendly products, they have the added benefit of standing out on the shelves where plastic and glass is the norm.” Adds Charlotte.
Millennials seek transparency
34% of Brazilian Millennials aged 19-35 say they prefer to buy from brands that support social causes
39% of US women aged 18-34 think brands that support charities are trying to make themselves look better
“As global politics becomes more divisive, consumers want to be sure the companies and brands they buy from align with their personal views. As a result, an increasing number of brands are making their political views known and embarking on more action-led initiatives, such as charitable donations. This trend is expected to become more prevalent in 2018. Rather than just offering products, brands need to offer a way to support the world.
“While younger audiences are most likely to seek out brands that align with their beliefs and values, they can also be the most cynical, fearing charitable brands are disingenuous. Consumers need confirmation that this is a genuine positioning. Hence, a strategy involving charitable donations needs to be long term and treated appropriately, becoming part of the core business of the company.” Continues Charlotte.
Make-up meets skincare
67% of Chinese women want to minimise make-up steps
41% of US female beauty buyers would be interested in multi-purpose beauty products
41% of French women think that the environment (eg pollution, cold weather) affects the appearance of the skin
“As consumer demand for make-up with skincare benefits increases, there is more opportunity for brands to develop hybridisation between categories. As part of growing concerns around pollution, face make-up can act as another layer of protection. Hence, it is important that colour cosmetics incorporate skincare benefits such as hydration and UV protection.
Probiotics also have a chance to grow; a prominent trend in skincare, connecting good bacteria to healthy skin, they are increasingly being used in colour cosmetics too.” Concludes Charlotte.
On the 9th of April this month, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) register of persons providing non-surgical treatments and hair restoration surgery has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament.
The JCCP has been established as a registered charity with the primary aim of raising awareness amongst the public/patients of the risks involved in these treatments and to provide information to enable them to select a ‘safe practitioner’ who has met the rigorous standards set by the JCCP in collaboration with its sister body the Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority (CPSA). www.jccp.org.uk
Under the Accredited Registers Programme, practitioners on the JCCP register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards. Professor David Sines CBE, JCCP Chair said: “The JCCP is delighted to have been able to demonstrate compliance with the rigorous standards mandated by the Professional Standards Authority in recognition of the Council’s declared commitment to patient safety and public protection. The co-design and implementation of both a new Practitioner Register and a Register of Approved Education and Training Providers has been informed by the engagement of more than two hundred organisations and stakeholders, including patients, members of the public, professional associations, professional statutory regulators, government advisors, product manufacturers, pharmacies, education/training providers, industry experts, individual practitioners and many others.
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said: “We are very pleased to accredit the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners register. Bringing these practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, the public and is the best way to promote patient safety. Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the JCCP”. Accreditation means that the JCCP’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information. Accredited Registers encompass a growing range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation.
Further information about Accredited Registers is available at: www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers
Sharon Bennett, BACN Chair, speaks freely about her thoughts on the launch of the JCCP/CPSA.
Dear members, Last weekend, I attended a conference with my colleagues whilst also looking at some of the questions surrounding the BACN regarding the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) and the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA). The whole BACN board is aware of the host of conflicting opinions and the reading into certain drafts which have been made available by the JCCP and CPSA. The JCCP launch on Thursday 22nd February at the House of Lords presented the outline of the council and the CPSA. Various publications, press, medical, nursing and educational representatives attended, and the wider industry was represented. Aesthetic Journal summed the evening up in a ‘On the Scene’ piece, which can be found at https://aestheticsjournal.com/news/on-the-scene-jccp-launch-house-of-lords.
The JCCP is such an emotive subject, but may I firstly say, it is voluntary and no one has to join. However, before one decides either way, it is important to look at the whole cosmetic arena picture and think more open in regards to it, rather than fixated on some of the white noise that has blown up, creating confusion. What I have gathered from listening to others, and what I have been informed, there seems to be a blur or a misunderstanding between the BACN as an organisation and the organisation and work undertaken by the JCCP and CPSA. The BACN have representation within the JCCP just like all the other associations such as PIAPA, BCAM, BAPRAS, BAD, not to mention many expert individuals. As an association, we do not have a greater or lesser voice than any other expert or organisation. The BACN wanted to input in setting cosmetic clinical standards and clarity in educational levels as a continuation of the Health Education England (HEE) framework, which was handed by Department of Health (DoH) to the JCCP. HEE framework was loose in many areas, and is still being mapped against, ad hoc, by multiple training organisations and unfortunately regarded as the holy grail.
I have asked Andrew Rankin, Vice Chair of the BACN, to give a precis of HEE and its journey. The BACN vehemently oppose beauty therapists undertaking higher level aesthetic procedures at Level 6 and Level 7. We would not bely the excellent therapists out there who are working within their competencies at the lower levels. Patients have to be afforded a delivery of safe, managed, well delivered, appropriate treatments mapped against a set of robust approved, evidenced clinical standards. Training must be delivered to reflect these ideals and both training and practitioners should be subject to scrutiny and appraisal.
This is something I do not think anyone would disagree with. Many BACN members may say it is unsafe having beauty therapists injecting and I completely agree. However, to try and control the havoc of no regulation with which we have been dealt with (frustratingly) by the DoH and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), perhaps making it difficult for beauty therapists by placing barriers and limitations is better than helplessly and furiously observing them carry on as they are; able to set up poor training courses delivered by lay people or unscrupulous medical practitioners and managing to acquire insurance for their low qualified delegates. I do think both the JCCP, which owns the HEE Framework, and the CPSA are still developing and have a way to go, much like any new business would be. HEE was mandated by government to be inclusive of the beauty therapists and the final report offloaded any responsibility rather than putting a law in place. The BACN believe cosmetic practice should be delivered by healthcare professionals.
It does not seem enough that we are medical. Evidence is required to make our case and the collection of data has not been formal, with small groups (including the BACN) collecting, what is often, anecdotal reports from members. What currently exists is not enough to present to Government or change policy. This is something that has been tried before and also through HEE, and the government informed us as such.
I understand the CPSA have set up (or are in the process of setting up) a national collection base of evidence and for this I am glad, as it is too big a task for us or any small organisation and it needs properly centralising. I think we would agree also that we must look at our own regulated practitioners as the recent statistics from Safety In Beauty shows both medical and non-medical practitioners reported to them relating to poor practice, and I believe this is mirrored within the other groups who have collected some data. A code of practice is clearly not enough. Professor David Sines (JCCP Chair) has said in a number of public forums, and at the launch of the JCCP and CPSA, that he will continue to press the Government to regulate in this arena and that he agrees with the recommendations made by Keogh to limit the higher level treatments to medical practitioners only. A robust set of evidenced clinical standards to work against are very much required and should not frighten us. It is as it should be as there are none, and very needed in our haphazard cosmetic arena where there is poor training, questionable qualifications, questionable experts, lone working and rarely a professional oversight of competence. Grandfathering clauses would ensure those who can demonstrate their experience and/or qualifications, can carry on as normal. From looking at what has been worked on to date, the non-healthcare practitioners would struggle to reach the standards. Those committees creating the standards of education and clinical practice are mainly nurses and other medical practitioners from a variety of areas of practice and expertise. Regardless of this, the CPSA have one end point in mind when creating the standards which is patient safety and not ease of practice.
Any clinical standards produced need to be achievable without compromising patient safety. Additionally, what I understand at the moment, there seems to be concern over the Draft Supervision matrix which was circulated in various forums and which is still subject to final changes before its publication. I have read the Draft Supervision matrix to see where supervision is required for us for every first patient (as previously reported on social media) and I still cannot identify this. The Draft Supervision matrix which I have a copy of outlines on the front page to consider the matrix as if a Day 1 practitioner. These are for new practitioners or those who have just done a course in something new, rather than a new technique in something you are experienced in. Someone pointed out that we are supervised as student nurses, then when qualified we are also supervised (more lightly) when we work on a new ward or move into a new area of practice. An example of the outline of supervision can be considered when looking at Toxins. The supervision matrix outlines that a non-prescribing nurse requires direct supervision for the first patient after training. Then non direct supervision for first 4 months of practice.
The supervisor will deem if further supervision is necessary. (In 4 months the nurse may have performed only a few treatments or alternatively multiple, and so competency requires assessment). For prescribers, it currently outlines that it is direct supervision for first patient after training and non-direct for 2 months and more if supervisor seems necessary. For non-healthcare practitioners I have been informed that if they managed to achieve Level 7, there is no scenario where they can work independently. Supervision ranges (according to the assessment of the supervisor) from ‘direct’ i.e. looking over their shoulder, to being able to respond in an emergency. This latter is the named prescriber’s responsibility which they will sign up to, but I am told is likely to be defined as something like ‘in the same building’. Responding to an emergency might be closer supervision for fillers than for toxin for instance, but either way, close supervision is demanded. All practitioners are being encouraged to move away from lone practice and develop networks in their geographical area either through the JCCP portal or themselves. The CPSA recognise this is an evolutionary process and will take time to establish. As an association, the BACN regions are ideal for preventing isolation and as we have already established the shadowing programme this may be something we should be doing anyway to defend our competence as experienced practitioners in emerging treatments and for new practitioners.
There is scope here for the BACN to support this area of practice. I have just completed a Level 7 University mentorship course in cosmetic practice and know the NMC are currently in consultation over mentoring, supervision and assessment and the likelihood is they will move from the 2 person relationship of mentor and mentee to 3 people with an additional assessor who is expert in the field of practice. Many beauty therapists and other Non-Healthcare practitioners will not sign up to the JCCP because they do not need to, or more likely, they will find it exceptionally challenging to attain the standards coupled with the requirement for supervision, which will be difficult for them.
If they do not, or are unable then what happens to them? I do believe that they will find it more difficult to work as they now do now over time. The tightening up of filler regulation, data protection is changing considerably and insurers, pharmacies, suppliers are all at the table to put limitations in place. A solution which would help is to penalise those who prescribe or support these practitioners and we continue to work on this, it is not forgotten.
With or without non healthcare practitioners included, cross disciplinary evidenced standards of practice are required. As we well know there are many poor medical practitioners as well as non-medical. Our regulators are there to protect the patient and we have a Code but specific guidance in the cosmetic arena is lacking. My understanding is that the JCCP will be publishing in the next few weeks a detailed memorandum agreed with the General Medical Council (GMC) over joint working and recognition of the CPSA standards and the Joint JCCP/CPSA Code of Practice. Negotiations are currently taking place with all the Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies to follow the GMC model. I love the BACN, I love cosmetic practice and I do not support the fact that a beauty therapist can pick up a syringe. But I am not having panic attacks about it now as I used to, as I feel that at least there is something starting which can potentially develop some form of control where there is absolutely none, and change will come about. I try and see a bigger picture, which is far stronger, by having closer ties with all the multi-disciplinary medical associations and those in high positions to force the change we want. It has to be highly strategic and measured, as policy change is never based on an instinct or emotion.
It is based on expert knowledge, in depth research backed evidence coupled with the legal considerations. Coming together to agree a common goal is stronger than many individual voices travelling in different directions and speeds to achieve the same. Various organisations have different roles of expertise, assets and resources which can complement each other and speed up the process to influence. Policy change takes sustained collaboration and communication with all stakeholders PLUS evidence of the need to change. Whether anyone joins the JCCP or any other register makes no difference to the work of the BACN. The BACN supports anything or anyone that looks to clean up our industry, forces practitioners to raise the bar and scrutinise their practice.
The BACN is mindful that we need to inform our members more frequently with news items and info as it emerges, however that info can be outdated within a very short space of time and suppositions made, hence we tend to await until our information can be guaranteed. (For reference, the BACN Board will communicate through the BACN Social Media sites only and all information, statements, and press releases will be on the BACN website). In the meantime there has to be a focus on BACN issues. For instance, our own education, our successful and updated regional meetings, the Autumn Aesthetic Conference, new opportunities for facial anatomy courses which will be released, GDPR issues and guidance, VAT, business and social media courses and succeeding in our own clinics across the UK. From all this it is fundamental to establish, what is your USP? Being a BACN nurse I hope.
Sharon Bennett BACN Chair
A recent press release, issued by the the JCCP Interim Chair – Professor David Sines, CBE, indicated that plans since its inception are now gathering momentum, as it is looks to complete its development phase with a targeted launch in June 2017, with the aim of being operational by November 2017.
The JCCP is the newly proposed ‘self-regulating’ body for the non-surgical aesthetics industry in England formed after the publication by the Government of its policy on regulation in the sector in January 2016.
The primary aim of the JCCP is to provide a mechanism that can enable the public to clearly identify safe practitioners across all non-surgical aesthetic treatments (see separate presentation on JCCP – February 2017). Since January 2016 Professor Sines has led a huge group of industry stakeholders, professionals and technical advisers engaged in developing:
Standards – Educational, Clinical and Practice based – in conjunction with the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA)
Education, Training and Accreditation frameworks
Register of practitioners
Register of Education, Training and Accreditation partners
The development phase is now heading towards its completion and has reached the following milestones:
Agreement on the type, structure and format of the JCCP Registers
The JCCP will operate two voluntary registers with a clear set of standards to be observed and specific entry requirements:
Register 1: List of approved education, training and accreditation providers
Register 2: Annotated list of JCCP Registered Practitioners who meet the education, clinical and practise based standards adopted by the JCCP.
The register is divided into two parts:
Those persons delivering non-surgical treatments registered with Professional Statutory Bodies (PSB’s) – General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Professor David Sines, Interim CEO firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Burgess, Interim Executive Support email@example.com Council (NMC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
Those persons delivering non-surgical treatments not registered with the PSB’s who meet the JCCP standards and where required work under supervision and oversight of a clinical professional.
Procurement of a Contractor to develop and manage the Register
The JCCP has gone through an open and transparent ‘Expressions of Interest’ process to identify potential contractors who wish to work with the JCCP to develop and operate a technology platform and website to manage its Register(s). Contractors have come forward and the JCCP expects to name its successful partner by April 2017.
- Governance of the JCCP
The JCCP has been operating under an interim governance framework since January 2016 with an Interim Chair and interim executive and administrative support. The JCCP has now agreed a formal structure subject to legal clearance and will be announcing this in the next few weeks. The key elements of this will be:
The establishment of a ‘not for profit’ limited company with charitable status (application pending)
The JCCP registers to be formally approved by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – application pending
The establishment of a ‘Governance Board’ that will include an Independent Non– Executive Chair and up to 12 members with a majority appointed as independents. These appointments will be done in an open and transparent way.
The announcement of a staffing and executive structure for the JCCP which will include the appointment of a permanent CEO and support staff.
Professor David Sines, CBE – JCCP Interim Chair said: ‘It has been a huge task to get so many stakeholders in the non-surgical aesthetics sector together and to reach a consensus on the role of the JCCP and how it can achieve its primary aim of delivering safer treatments for the public. For the first time working with its sister body the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) it will be able to identify to the public practitioners and education/training providers who will work to the newly agreed set of educational, clinical and practice standards and within the JCCP Code of Practice.
This complex process has involved working with Government Departments, all the Statutory Regulatory Bodies, Professional Associations (Medical and Non-Medical), product and service suppliers, education and training bodies (Regulators like OFQUAL, Higher Education Professor David Sines, Interim CEO firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Burgess, Interim Executive Support email@example.com Institutions, Awarding bodies and private training providers), industry sector bodies and many individual and leading practitioners.
Over the coming months we will be announcing a series of decisions, actions and programmes that will lead to the formal opening of the JCCP registers in November 2017. I would like to place on record my huge thanks to all those organisations and individuals who have contributed to the development of this important initiative.’