- 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
Medical aesthetic industry professionals express concerns that Superdrug is now offering in-store injectable treatments.
On August 15, Superdrug announced that they had partnered with Allergan: a pharmaceutical company, best known for supplying the trademarked Botox™ brand on a global basis.
The partnership declared that it would offer members of the public, the opportunity to have in-store injectable treatments, in a number of high street retail shops across the UK.
The division within Superdrug has been named ‘Skin Renew Service’, and will be offering both Botox™ and dermal fillers to customers, for those of you thinking you can just drop in and grab a quick jab in your lunch hour, Superdrug is stating that appointments must be booked in advance following a consultation. A soft launch planned within in the Strand store, will test the waters before rolling out nationwide. Prices start at £99.
Naturally, the announcement has caused a flurry of divided opinion from both the public and the aesthetic industry. Sarah Dempsey, 38 from Muswell Hill, works as a Personal Assistant in the City and says ‘I think it’s a great move, very convenient, and no different to having a clinic on a high street’.
No pun intended, but it seems that the aesthetic industry is frowning upon the idea with much disdain, The RCA and BAPRAS joined forces to co-author a formal letter to Mr Peter Mcnab, the CEO of AS Watson (the owner of Superdrug), declaring that they believe that offering of injectables on the high-street will encourage ‘impulse buys’ of botulinum toxin. The letter also stated that undergoing any aesthetic treatment is ‘a decision that should not be taken lightly.’
The letter has requested clarity on a number of issues from the management of potential complications, to after-care. Other groups, and professionals within the industry, have also expressed their concern; Safety in Beauty Advisory panel member, Dr. Dan Dhunna, who also administrates a Facebook Community page called Keep Medical Aesthetics Medical appeared on Sky TV news on the day of the announcement, stating ‘I’m actually quite shocked that such a leading trusted high street name such as Superdrug has made this decision, it trivialises serious invasive procedures’.
Let’s face it, no business or professional likes competition, and Superdrug announcing this new service, has brought a threat to many competing clinics, medics, and aesthetic professionals. I had to reflect on these questions probing within my mind: do all of these entities really have safety at the core of their criticisms? or has the emergence of fresh competition, threatened some of their incomes and livelihoods? I have been listening, researching, watching and investigating quietly, to find the answers.
As the founder of Safety in Beauty, I have been asked, since the announcement, by several press organisations to comment on the news, but I have passed the opportunities by, and I have taken my time in stating my views, I have wanted to do my due diligence, and research, before casting my judgement and opinion either way. Some time has given me the scope to reach my conclusion.
My conclusion is this: I am not as concerned about Superdrug offering dermal fillers and toxin to the public, as I am deeply concerned about the many back street underground activities going on, that are not on the radar. By this I refer to the countless, inexperienced and non medically qualified ‘practitioners’, that wield a needle on the unsuspecting public, literally after completing, what can only be deemed as farcical training times and courses, some as little as one day.
The audits that my campaign publish yearly, are not diminishing is numbers, quite the opposite, the statistics of complications, injuries and complaints, are increasing, so much so, that we met with Prime Minister Teresa May this year to discuss our concerns about this, and I recall using the word ‘crisis’ in my conversation with her, several times.
Did you know that practically anyone can train in dermal cosmetic fillers and injections? The UK is one of the very few countries globally, that has such lax laws surrounding medical aesthetics, and no regulation.
Whilst Superdrug can be brought to task, should a complication, or injury, arise within their shops, there are thousands of ‘cosmetic cowboys’ that cannot be brought to task, for this growing majority, the law for them to respect or adhere to, does not exist, surely, our focus should be there?.
We need to collectively work together, as a campaign, and as industry professionals, to focus on the ‘cosmetic cowboys’ rather than Superdrug offering these treatments, after all, it’s not news to find Botox™ and fillers on offer, on the high street, literally just about anywhere too, I could point out at least a dozen outlets on our local high street, and they range from tattoo studios to dental clinics, to beauty clinics, hair salons, and wait for it…, podiatrist clinics, yes! even your local foot care professional can train in fillers and toxins, so what’s new?
Superdrug have partnered with a global brand famous for its aggressive stance towards brand reputation and protection. Allergan own the trademark for the brand Botox™, this is the same mega brand that polices the use of its name on the world wide web quite robustly, and has the power to have you remove it within milliseconds if they so wish, (because let’s face it they own that word), and it’s a very powerful word and a very powerful brand. therefore, I can assure you, with substantiated conviction, that Allergan would not have entered into the partnership lightly without making sure that any compliance requirements, hurdles or obstacles, were clearly jumped and overcome with legally water tight efforts.
My final message to all the professional skeptics throwing shade and negativity at this news story is to please try to view the move as a positive one.The real doom and gloom does not lie in this announcement, it lies beyond. Personally, I welcome the emergence of a safer place where a person can be directed to, for aesthetic treatments, where there is a medical professional injecting, where the premises would have been checked for compliancy and suitability, and where the pathways and protocols put into place within the service, will have had thought and considerations of safety implemented.
This move may just be a positive move towards eradicating the out of control mushrooming emergence on the high street of some unsavoury ‘cosmetic cowboys’, these are the real culprits that we should all be concerned about, because they are uncontrollable, and statistically they are the ones causing the real damage. Cosmetic cowboys can open up on the high street, just as quickly as they can shut down overnight, disappear and never be found again, and they are doing this, and they are getting away with it, because they have no accountability to anyone. Superdrug does.
Whilst I would like to jump on the industry bandwagon and cast a negative view of the announcement, on this occasion I will not, but this does not mean I also endorse the announcement either, my core focus is and will always remain on safety and a positive consumer experience, so no matter how protected a super brand can be with all their carefully worded terms of service, expensive in-house law teams on retainer, and public relations advisors, no one offering these treatments is untouchable or infallible, but of course, only IF there is accountability.
We will be watching the development of this news carefully.
Whilst public opinion on the the Kardashian/Jenners, is divided into the ‘Marmite’ debate, you either love them, or hate them, there is no denying that each family has garnered some serious influence over the year. Any product range they endorse from fashion to food or fitness, is capable of selling out within a millisecond, and anything they give their thumbs up approval to, has the ability to instantly becomes a trend.
There’s no escaping the fact they are commercially savvy, so whilst they build their bank accounts, and influence up to gigantic proportions, it’s quite comforting to know that they can use their massive influence for a good cause. Safety in Beauty is happy to report that this is one of those occasions.
Recently, Kourtney Kardashian, along with the Environmental Working Group, met with some influential legislators to advocate and lobby for the Personal Care Products Safety Act. This is a bill that calls for FDA regulation on makeup and skincare products in the US. If the bill is passed, it would mean the specific ingredients and formulations that go into cosmetic products would have to be more closely regulated and rigorously tested. We like this!
Kourtney makes no secret of her love for clean beauty. While her sisters opt for luxury high end beauty products, you’re probably find Kourtney opting for the cleaner, greener environmentally friendly option. The personal beauty ethos Kourtney implements also mirrors her personal choice for a healthy lifestyle (she follows a gluten-free, dairy-free, all organic diet), but she says she only got serious about clean beauty after becoming a mum.
- 3CE Slim Eyeshadow Pencil (chesnut brown shade)
- Aritaum’s Full Cover Cream Concealer and Stick Concealer
- Black Monster Homme Black Erasing Pen
- Etude House’s AC Clean Up Mild Concealer and Drawing Eyebrow Duo No. 3 Gray Brown
- Makeheal Naked Slim Brow Pencil (shades BR0203 and YL0801)
- SKEDA Concealer
- Skinfood Cherry Full Lip Liner
- XTM Style Homme for Men Easy Stick Concealer
We are delighted to announce the much needed addition, of our latest advisory panel expert: Kevin Timms.
Kevin Timms is a solicitor specialising in product liability claims. Kevin acts for individuals who have been harmed by dangerous products such as medical devices, drugs and general products, He is one of five solicitors representing the interests of thousands of woman who received faulty PIP breast implants filled with industrial grade silicone and is a member of the Claimants’ Solicitors Steering Committee.
He has been successful in winning legal awards such as: Winner of the Junior Lawyer of the Year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 and Highly Commended in 2012; Winner of the Rising Star of the Year category at the Claims Innovation Awards 2013; Winner of the Young Achiever of the Year category in the Personal Injury Awards 2012 and shortlisted in the same category in 2013.
Kevin is recommended by the Legal 500 as “being completely undaunted by large-scale group actions”.
We welome Kevin, who will be helping us assist members of the public, or professionals within the beauty and aesthetics industry who are concerned about a faulty device, treatment, product or drug. Please do contact us, if you require assistance or need expert help.
A leading eye surgeon and expert has condemned the use of Iris Implants following a national newspaper article where a ‘surgery obsessed model’ had ‘cartoon green’ permanent implants placed into her eyes in her quest for physical perfection.
Mrs. Sabrina Shah-Desai a leading UK accredited Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive surgeon, with private practices in London and Harley Street expressed concern after reading the press article, which appeared in The Daily Mail on June 2nd.
Speaking on behalf of The Safety in Beauty Campaign, as a public safety advisor, Mrs Shah-Desai stated that: “I’m concerned that thousands of people reading this article will now think that iris implants are an easy way to change the colour of their eyes, without considering the serious risks attached to this procedure”
Iris implant surgery was developed by a Panama based Ophthalmic Surgeon, to treat people who do not have an iris, either because it did not develop properly or following a trauma to the eye. People also experiencing a condition called heterochromia – a condition which causes a person to have one eye a different colour to the other, may have iris implant surgery,
The colour of a persons eye is determined by the iris, (a coloured ring of muscle fibers behind the clear cornea and in front of the lens), during iris implant surgery, an artificial iris made of silicone is unfolded and and adjusted to cover the natural iris, through a small cut in the cornea, this incision is very similar to people undergoing cataract surgery.
Studies of people who have had iris implants reveal that this surgery can seriously damage eyes and vision, including the risk of other complications such as cataracts, glaucoma, reduced vision, pain, bleeding in the eye, corneal cloudiness and blindness.
In one study, nine out of patients needed their implants removed surgically, this in turn poses another set of problems and further risks.
Cosmetic iris implants are not approved for use in the UK, USA or EU, so people fly to countries like Mexico, Panama and India to have this procedure.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Glaucoma Society strongly discourage people from undergoing this surgery for cosmetic purposes, due to the documented potential damage to healthy vision.
Mrs Shah-Desai stated “With coloured cosmetic use contact lenses available for a quick, temporary eye colour change, it is unthinkable that a person would want to choose permanently damaging their eye health and vision from this non-approved procedure”
*Image Daily Mail/Sham Qari/Barcroft Images
The Implications Of New Government Qualification Standards For Advanced Beauty Therapists And Medical Aesthetic Practitioners
It has been almost three years since Sir Bruce Keogh published The Keogh Review and promised a new dawn in better regualtion and much needed improvement to the cosmetic interventions industry. Whilst the industry has been proactive at raising awareness, much work is still needed to bring the beauty and aesthetics industry to a level where transparency and safety are at a suitable standard.
On January 8th 2016 the Department of Health published the Health Education England Report outlining a new framework of qualifications from Levels 4 – 7 relevant to all medical aesthetic practitioners and advanced beauty therapists working, or looking to work, in the clinical skin care industry. While the recommendations of this publication represent an element of change, which is always disconcerting, it is significant to emphasise its importance. Not only does it seek to assure client safety but equally it should be regarded as being vital to the future status and reputation of the medispa sector as a whole.
The date given by the government by which all aesthetic practitioners and therapists need to gain these qualifications: 2018
Who compiled the report and its recommendations?
The new qualification framework is not a notional document written by a government minister. It is an industry driven report based on consultations with an Expert Reference Group and Advisory Groups drawn from all levels of aesthetic industry professionals, regulatory bodies and related health professions. The full list of all contributors can be found within the report.
Training courses provided by product or equipment suppliers alone are no longer enough
The HEE is very clear that supplier driven training is no longer adequate as the principle training vehicle. Much product or equipment training is excellent but standards are not consistent, courses are not properly structured or assessed and trainers are not always qualified teachers, assessors or clinicians. The curriculum development and training delivery for an accredited qualification is an entirely more rigorous and robust programme of learning
Which treatments are covered in the HEE Report?
The principle treatment genres covered in the HEE report are grouped as follows:
- Laser, IPL and LED
- Chemical Peeling and other modalities of Skin Rejuvenation treatment including microneedling and mesotherapy
- Botulinum Toxin
- Dermal Fillers
- Hair Restoration Surgery
The Qualification Framework – Levels 4 – 7
The different levels learning were originally defined by the Qualification Curriculum framework or QCF, which was an affiliated body to OFQUAL. The levels reflect an upward sliding scale in the advancement of the complexity and depth of the knowledge or skill being learned, the teaching and learning styles employed and modalities of assessment.
Is there something to compare these levels to?
Yes see the examples below:
Level 4 – First year foundation degree
Level 5 – Second year foundation degree
Level 6 – Graduate level / third year degree
Level 7 – Post graduate level Eg Medical degree / nursing degree
Are these qualifications only going to be available through a university?
No. HEE is very specific in saying that all levels of the qualifications may be completed with any accredited training provider – eg. university, college of higher education or private provider. However, the courses must be accredited by an OFQUAL recognised awarding body or university and taught and assessed by appropriately qualified educators, assessors and clinicians.
What are the entry requirements to complete these qualifications?
HEE have set clear access pathways to enable individuals from various backgrounds to enter the aesthetic profession . These are the principle entry qualifications for entry at Level 4:
- 5 GCSEs at grade A – C including Maths, English and a Science
PLUS one of the following
- One A’ Level or equivalent + an Access / Foundation course
- Level 3 Beauty Therapy or equivalent
- Level 2 Beauty Therapy + Access / Foundation Course
- Level 3 in a Health Specialism + Access / Foundation Course
- Proof of Ability to study at Level 4 + Access / Foundation Course
- Accreditation of prior learning and experience + Access / Foundation Course
Which treatments will therapists and aesthetic practitioners need to become qualified in and to what level?
The following chart outlines which treatment procedures a therapist or aesthetic practitioner will be able to provide at each level:
Can previous training be accredited or recognised?
Yes. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are standards practices in education. Individual consultation and assessment will be required to ascertain the possibility of APL against the HEE framework.
If these are recommendations, and not yet law, why should anyone take any notice?
The HEE report is indeed based on recommended government standards – no legislation has yet been passed. The Department of Health has however recognised and endorsed the call for such legislation:
““Throughout our meetings, discussions and correspondence with stakeholders from all groups, professions and experts, the call has been for a new legislative framework. Taken together, our recommendations provide that framework for both surgical and non-surgical interventions.”
We can only, at present, speculate as to when or if the HEE qualification framework will become law but it is clear that the government has provided us with a buffer zone in which to get our act together. To reinforce the need to take this seriously, further pressure on individuals to become formally qualified will come from industry self regulation and greater consumer awareness requiring all practitioners and business owners to comply.
So how will all of this affect beauty and aesthetic professionals?
For all individualprofessionals, clinic owners, educators or trainers these new standards are going to affect career prospects or future business development. In terms of job opportunities, the demand for higher level qualifications is inevitably going to be a pre-requisite moving forwards and, equally, once clinic owners begin to advertise that they only employ higher qualified personnel, all businesses will be under pressure to give their clients the same assurance.
The publication of the HEE report represents a positive way forward for our industry and for medical aesthetic practitioners and beauty therapists around the UK who work ethically, knowledgably and skillfully and who wish to be fully valued and respected for the high quality services they provide. While we will no doubt never get rid of the ‘cowboys’ and ‘bargain basement’ mentality of some individuals, we can at least separate ourselves from their poor reputation and establish a higher echelon of professionalism that the public, and our peers in the aesthetics sector, will recognise.
To view the full HEE Reports Part One and Two
With kind thanks to guest writer: Sally Durant
For further information and individual advice
Make an appointment to speak to one of Sally Durant’s team for advice on your specific situation, by calling 01527 919880 or emailing her at email@example.com
Exclusive: On the 30th December a video popped up on my feed on You Tube ‘Facial Dissection Course” was amongst the words in the title, but this was no medical tutorial or video led by a distinguished panel of university professors or seasoned medics and professionals, this was a 25 minute video presented by a non medically qualified Beauty Therapist called Maxine McCarthy who leads a ‘training’ company called Cosmetic Couture, her role: teaching other non medically qualified beauticians to inject toxins and cosmetic fillers into the faces of the mass public.
The courses led by McCarthy enable beauty therapists with no formal medical qualifications or training in medicine at all, to wield a needle into the faces of the general public. Currently the law in the UK does not prohibit beauty therapists carrying out toxin injections and cosmetic fillers, despite the substantially large amount of botched beauty cases being reported to the media and medical organisations by non medically qualified ‘practitioners’.
The University of Newcastle declines any knowledge of this being a University led or associated course, they wish to make it clear the course is not hosted, run or organised by Newcastle University, the University simply rent training areas to 3rd party ‘Allied Health Professionals’, which then begs the question why use is the University emblem and branding used in the video? is this not misleading the public to assume this is a University accredited course? we are happy to stand corrected where need be.
You only have to look at the stories generated daily on-line to see the percentage of badly qualified and non medically qualified ‘practitioners’ carrying out substandard and potentially hazardous work to vulnerable people.
Sir Bruce Keogh promised a cleaner, transparent, improved aesthetics industry more than two years ago – but so far he has failed in his many undelivered promises. Has the industry improved? no it has actually got worse in our opinion.
McCarthy is not breaking the law by ‘teaching’, she is making a living by recruiting other ‘injectors’ eager to jump on the bandwagon of an ever growing aesthetics industry, but the safety in beauty campaign continues to ask the public one simple question ‘would you let a non medically qualified person inject your face?’ It seems our uncomfortable question continues to cause anger amongst the beauticians that inject fillers and botox for lucrative returns.
The long rambling video and the actual birth of the ‘first ever’ beautician led human dissection course on a human head (cadaver) has led to outrage amongst the medical community who feel insulted that the video carries statements made by McCarthy such as “beauticians are actually low claims risk” – The Safety in Beauty Campaign disagrees with this statement completely and has substantial data to refute this claim, just because a beautician has not claimed for a botched procedure via an insurance company does not mean that botched procedures are not happening daily! weekly! monthly!
Once again this video (in our opinion as a campaign) does nothing but offend the medical profession that spend six years as a minimum working hard to earn a medical qualification, let’s not forget the further years spent training in specialities, and of course the continuous professional development, revalidation, insurance, and jumping through a lifetime of bureaucratic hoops for the privilege. A career in medicine is not Rock n Roll.
The video and some comments made by the participants within it undermine a professional that is centuries old, not just ‘2 days’ picking and staring at a human cadaver, (which is another debate altogether but it does beg the question why are beauticians allowed to freely pick and dissect a human head donated for medical and scientific purposes with no absolute medical training or qualification whatsoever?) no… wait I hear they have an NVQ…..
This campaign is often accused of bullying beauticians – far from it – we respect all professions, but I have yet to read a comment from a plastic surgeon claiming to be able to perform a leg wax or a relaxing hot stone massage better than a beautician. I think you get my point here.
McCarthy and the participants in the video are also seen wearing blue ‘scrubs’ confined traditionally to being worn by medically qualified professionals only, or at least employed individuals in a national health service organisation such as a ward porter or staff in a hospital.
Further outrageous comments include “I believe a medic is more bothered about money than us” is made by one of the unnamed attendees.
The Safety in Beauty Organisation believes that only medically qualified professionals should carry out invasive injectable cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Cosmetic Fillers, we believe that if a person is not qualified to deal with a potentially serious complication then they should not carry out a treatment. It is the campaigns right to uphold and state this opinion. It is an opinion backed by almost the entire British medical community, the same community who are often left to pick up the pieces of botched work performed by sub standard providers.
This campaign has battled hard to stop a practice where too many individuals have profited from the vulnerabilities of the general public without a thought or regard for their health or wellbeing. We applaud all entities that are committed to improving the standard within the industry but we do not applaud the undermining of the medical professional, nor do we feel it is appropriate for this kind of activity to take place on donated human bodies, a subject that evokes much sensitivity and debate especially if the experimenters and dissectors are non medics.
What’s next beauticians carrying out appendectomies? We wish to see a firm and rapid halt to this kind of activity.
A human cadaver donated to a university establishment should be used only for the purposes of scientific and medical development by the very professionals who have earnt the right to be able to dissect it respectfully, a right accrued through years of training and study and commitment, not for ‘probing’ by non medics such as beauticians. Whilst we understand the beauticians stating that the attended this course to improve their knowledge and skills an approach welcome by many – we still believe as a campaign that the implications of this activity have a much deeper effect.
Take a look at the comments some of the medical community and members of the public have made on social media, what do you think? please do leave a comment and share you views, expect this story to be in the general media domain soon…
Antonia Mariconda – Founder
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