On 8th January 2016 Health Education England (HEE) published Part Two of their qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures. Below is a summary of the background of and latest changes to these guidelines, as far as they will affect those who train or deliver injectable treatments (e.g. botulinum toxins and dermal fillers).
“Part One sets out the qualification requirements, which include guidance on the application of the requirements for different groups of practitioners working in the cosmetics or aesthetic field. Part Two describes the second and final phase of the project to produce the detailed qualification requirements for delivery of non-surgical cosmetic interventions and hair restoration surgery.” – Health Education England (2016)
Currently HEE requirements are best-practice guidelines, and do not yet represent statute law.
HEE guidelines: a background
The current landscape that the HEE guidelines are responding to:
– No legal restrictions on who may perform cosmetic procedures.
– No qualification requirements.
– An absence of accredited training courses in an increasingly lucrative industry (worth over £3.6 billion).
Five main modalities covered by HEE requirements
1. Botulinum Toxin
2. Dermal Fillers
3. Lasers, IPL and LED Treatments
4. Chemical Peel / Skin Rejuvenation
5. Hair Restoration
General key points about the requirements (Parts 1 & 2)
The requirements apply to all practitioners, regardless of previous training and professional background.
All groups will be required to:
– undertake additional education and training to be able to deliver cosmetic interventions
– formally demonstrate that they already meet the qualification requirements.
Recognition of Prior Learning: Practitioners have already completed training will be able to apply for formal recognition of this from an accredited cosmetic training provider.
– Very short courses, e.g. 1-2 days in duration, will not met the requirements for Recognition of Prior Learning.
General key points about Part 2
– A joint council is to be formed, which will take ownership of cosmetic industry standards for education and training.
– HEE do not expect practitioners to stop practicing whilst new qualification frameworks are in development
“Although adoption of the new requirements will be voluntary at this stage, it is recommended that the qualification requirements be adopted as best practice and accepted as the standard that the industry should adopt improve public safety and raise standards of practice and professionalism”
– Practitioners should take care to select courses which promote safe practice.
Part One & Two: Key Points that remain unchanged
– As in Part One, only GMC-registered practitioners may administer permanent fillers.
– Dermal Fillers are still classed as a medical device and don’t require a prescription.
– HEE Agrees with GMC, GDC and NMC guidance on face-to-face consultations before prescribing. And, as in Part One, the following groups are able to prescribe Botulinum Toxins for cosmetic purposes:
– Doctors and dentists
– Pharmacist independent prescribers
– Nurse and midwife independent prescribers
– Dermatologists and Plastic surgeons are exempt from some areas of additional theoretical learning
– Following completion of training, practitioners are encouraged to identify a professional colleague or mentor with whom they can discuss complex clinical or ethical developments.
Part Two: Key changes for Practitioners
Clinical oversight required for a practitioner
– Initially high for someone who has just completed their training (AKA oversight for botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments will require oversight by an independent prescriber), but it will be a matter of clinical and professional judgement to determine the degree of oversight required.
– Practitioners do not require a clinically relevant qualification before they apply for training to deliver cosmetic procedures. In other words, you don’t necessarily need a medical degree.
– However, practitioners performing injectable treatments (botulinum toxins & dermal fillers) amongst others (below) will now be required to study to at least postgraduate degree level (where previously this was specified as undergraduate level).
– Part Two of the HEE requirements (2016) gives the deadline of September 2018 to complete this postgraduate training.
For Training Courses
Part One & Two: Key Points that remain unchanged for Training Courses
– Training courses must have their own degree awarding powers or be Ofqual-regulated, or work in partnership with such organisations.
– A minimum of 50% of the curriculum must be devoted to the development of practical skills:
– Botulinum Toxin: Students must observe 10 treatments, followed by 10 supervised treatments
– Dermal Fillers: Students must observe 10 treatments, followed by 10 supervised treatments
Delegates must subsequently pass a rigorous and standardised assessment
Supervisors must be able to provide clinical oversight and be be proficient with injectables (a minimum of 3 years experience).
It is up to education providers to determine the detailed learning outcomes for individual courses or modules of study and the number and size of required modules.
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