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Posted 26th Oct 2023

Why Dr Amanda Penny Took Her Level 7 with Harley Academy

Harley Academy Level 7 Injectables Graduate Testimonial Aesthetic Doctor Dr Amanda Penny

When deciding whether to take the Level 7 in Botox & Dermal Fillers, it’s often helpful to hear from others who’ve been in your shoes.

Our latest video testimonial features aesthetics expert Dr Amanda Penny. She tells us all about her experience of undertaking this Ofqual-regulated and JCCP-approved qualification.

Read - or watch - her testimonial below to find out:

  • Why she decided to pursue a Level 7 in injectables
  • Her reason for choosing to train with Harley Academy for this
  • How she found her Level 7 training and what she got out of it
  • What impact it’s had on her career.

About Dr Amanda Penny

Dr Amanda Penny is a cosmetic doctor with a background in hospital medicine, specialising in anaesthetics.

In 2018 Dr Penny graduated from Harley Academy after completing the Level 7 in Injectables, our Master's level aesthetic medicine qualification.

She is now an esteemed and valued medical aesthetics expert.

In addition to establishing her own successful private practice, The Skin Pod, she also practises at Dr Tapan Patel’s high-regarded PHI Clinic.

Dr Penny is also recommended by Alice Hart Davis’ The Tweakments Guide.

Why did you decide to do your Level 7 qualification?

“So, I did the Level 7 at a time when actually, Harley Academy was one of the first places, if not the first...

“I wanted it as something to challenge me but also because I could see that, in the industry, you could just do a one or two-day course. I wanted to be a bit more proficient than that. And to know that I was amongst the best and that I had the best qualifications and I could show some evidence of that.

“With that in mind, I approached it knowing it may be quite long-winded but it would be very thorough… And I found it to be really thorough!”

What did you most enjoy about your Level 7 in injectables?

“So, you do your online learning, your face-to-face learning, your mentoring, lots of clinical cases. That was probably the best part of the course for me. It really sort of instilled a sense of confidence that I could go out there and I could actually do it. I did all the due diligence, did all the work I needed to do and came out the other side fully happy with my Level 7.

“I think the best part of the Level 7 is the mentoring and the clinical cases. You get hands-on experience with someone initially hand-holding and really running you through the process… Eventually, as you find your feet, progressively becoming more confident, [you’re] just doing it by yourself really and just having someone overseeing, making sure that you're safe and proficient.

“By the time you come to the end and you've got your logbook of cases, you feel quite confident to go out and start looking for jobs.”

How did taking the Level 7 affect your confidence?

“Before doing the Level 7 I actually did a couple of day courses and, following those day courses, I really didn't feel confident injecting. I didn't feel particularly safe. I didn't necessarily know what I was doing. I really wanted to learn more before I went out there into the big wide world of aesthetics.

“So, I would compare that to the feeling after the Level 7 that I felt completely different. I was in a different space. I was much more confident. I felt that I was safer. I had a network around me of people I could turn to if I needed to. I just had that little extra boost to put myself out there and approach clinics for work, as well.”

What impact has the Level 7 had on your career to date?

“The Level 7 has impacted my day-to-day practice in that, it's given me a general sense of wanting to keep learning. I came out of it feeling I'd learnt a lot. I felt a lot safer and able to get out there and start injecting. And I've just continued to do that. I've sort of formulated my own training programme and approached lots of clinics. I've learnt from lots of really skilled practitioners.

“I'm very fortunate to have been mentored by some very, very top-notch practitioners, and I just carry that with me, still. I keep learning, I will never stop learning. I'm back here at Harley Academy today, learning.”

What was the best advice you received whilst training at Harley Academy?

“Probably the best bit of advice that I received from Harley Academy was just to apply for lots of jobs. Just to get my CV out there and speak to people, and network, and just put myself out there.

“Things come and just happen from networking. And, I think, especially if you come from an NHS background, where it's very much a conveyor belt mentality of training - you just follow that conveyor belt and you'll get to the end goal - it's not the same outside of the NHS.

“You do have to put yourself out there. It can be a long-winded process, to get to a really regular, full clinic, but it’s worth it in the end. So, probably just that - to put myself out there a bit more.”

Why did you decide to do your Level 7 in injectables with Harley Academy?

“I chose Harley Academy because, at the time, it was the only provider of Level 7, but actually they were the best. And they still are the best, so I would wholeheartedly recommend Harley Academy.”


Has Dr Amanda Penny piqued your interest? Are you a doctor, dentist or nurse interested in finding out more about our industry-leading Level 7 in Botox & Dermal Fillers?

Here's what to do next...

  • Check out the different Level 7 course options for healthcare professionals wanting to achieve a regulated, Master's level qualification in aesthetic medicine
  • Watch more testimonials from successful Harley Academy Level 7 graduates on our YouTube channel
  • Book a call with our helpful Courses Advisors for personalised advice on how to find the best medical aesthetics training for your specific situation and needs.

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