Harley Academy has become the first training centre to provide IQ-accredited postgraduate qualifications in aesthetic medicine, making it easier than ever to train to new government-recommended standards.
Worth over £3.6 billion, the aesthetics industry has continuously seen rapid growth and profitability. However, in the past three years, there has been a lot of concern over the lack of regulation for practising cosmetic treatments, especially botulinum toxins and dermal fillers. Therefore, as a result of the Keogh report, Health Education England (HEE) have targeted the lack of legal restrictions on who may perform cosmetic procedures, the lack of qualification requirements and the absence of accredited training courses. The new HEE guidelines seek to raise patient safety to a new level through higher education. With this comes a safer and more professional future for cosmetic medicine as a specialty.
The result? The Level 7 Certificate (L7Cert) Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine.
“We have been working towards achieving the first Level 7 IQ-accredited qualification in Aesthetics for over 18 months.” says Dr Tristan Mehta, Founding Director of Harley Academy. “This is a very important moment for our specialty – and we expect that this higher standard of education will propagate throughout practitioners and ultimately lead to improved patient safety”
Although there are a lot of great one or two day courses available for medical professionals looking to practice in aesthetic medicine, very few prepare the individual with the confidence to pursue a career in the industry. Harley Academy’s vision is to lead the evolution of aesthetic medicine by complying with Department of Health recommendations for training. Aspiring practitioners will be provided with the content to specifically enhance knowledge, skills, and patient safety. The postgraduate programme will allow practitioners to either acquire or improve their expertise in this field, whilst a minimum of 40 hours spent in a genuine cosmetic clinic means that the graduates will have more than enough experience to practice independently, with confidence.
To make aesthetic training even more widely accessible, the postgraduate programme extends to online courses and an electronic learning management system that practitioners can access globally. Developed to postgraduate university standard, the online curriculum is not just about text book learning and absorbing information. In addition to 40 hours of clinical experience treating real patients, students are provided with videos and interactive diagrams as well as an e-workbook to track progress and log all treatments observed and performed. Built by the largest education provider to the NHS, this online learning platform will no doubt shape the future of medical training.
So, what does this mean for a career in aesthetic medicine?
The postgraduate training programme is an essential for medical professionals looking to future-proof their career in aesthetic medicine against new regulations on the horizon. Not only will acquiring this qualification prove professional worth and value within the industry, but will also create a solid foundation of trust with future clients. The Level 7 certificate in Injectables means that practitioners can achieve truly advanced training and education to the highest professional standard.
By ensuring a deeper medical understanding of the principles of botulinum toxins, dermal fillers, and of aesthetic medicine more broadly, the course aims to eradicate bad practice.
Formal accreditation of aesthetic practitioners may temporarily mean a two-tiered system, where those who lag behind can continue to profit from public ignorance, but not for long. Those who refuse to adhere to HEE qualification requirements will eventually get left behind as the industry evolves into a safer, better regulated medical specialty.