Updated: Nov 5, 2019
This is my first, but most important blog, discussing how to choose a safe Aesthetic Practitioner from all the clinics available. Firstly, I’ll explain my background and training which has led me to set up Alpha Aesthetics, a new venture by myself, Leah, and my husband, Adam. I am principally a Nurse Practitioner with 9 years nursing experience, including a Masters in Health Science and I am an Independent Prescriber (along with lots of other courses; I’m a sucker for learning!). In June 2019, I completed my foundation day at Harley Academy, London, which fuelled my enthusiasm and passion for this area of medicine. Harley Academy is a teaching academy leading the field in postgraduate Aesthetic Medicine, creating the UK’s first masters level course, in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), to raise educational standards and improve patient safety. To provide the best possible care for my clients, I decided it was essential to continue my professional development by starting my journey on the Level 7 Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine in June 2019. In a nutshell, the course requires practitioners to complete 40 aesthetic cases, along with written exams and a practical exam, under the watchful eye of incredibly experienced aesthetics Doctors and Nurses.
In addition, I am a member of the Aesthetic Complication Expert (ACE) group and registered as a trainee with the Joint Commitee of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) until the completion of my level 7 qualification. I also use the Save Face and JCCP premise guidance for ensuring safe practice in the clinic. I have access to expert opinions when required.
So, what does all that mean for you?
Firstly, always look for a medical professional. Secondly, having a Level 7 qualification is not a mandatory requirement for fitness to practice but here’s why I think its important. In 2013 the government released the Keogh Report to improve education and training standards in aesthetic practice. Although not a legal requirement, the Level 7 certificate in aesthetic practice is seen as a minimum requirement to work autonomously. Additionally, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) clearly states that a practitioner must undertake the appropriate education and training before practicing in a new role. The practitioner needs to evidence this competence in aesthetic practice. Many one day courses will not evidence this competence and only provide an introduction to the field. That does not mean a practitioner without this qualification is unsafe or unsuitable to provide treatment, some will have extensive experience (just do your research!). On completion of my level 7 I will register with the JCCP, again, a voluntary membership but important when choosing the right Practitioner. I am also training to perform other advanced skin rejuvenation and provide medical grade skin care with PCA Skin, having started the Cosmetic Dermatology course with Harley Academy.
Adam is dual qualified as a dental hygienist and therapist with 7 years experience, and oversees the managerial aspects of the clinic, ensuring the implementation and updates of policies and procedures for safe practice. Adam will also look towards completing his qualifications in aesthetic medicine in the future.
Please have a browse on some of these links to find out why we are so passionate about postgraduate learning. Finally, please feel free to contact us to book a consultation and visit the clinic.