What is HEE?
Health Education England (HEE) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), as of 1 April 2015, under the provisions of the Care Act 2014. It is sponsored by the Department of Health. It leads education and training in the UK healthcare system.
Why did HEE release guidelines?
Lack of regulation in the booming cosmetic industry is a significant cause for concern. Unsafe practice and substandard treatments are unacceptable for patient safety and public confidence in the specialty.
As a result of the Professor Keogh report, Health Education England was commissioned by the Department of Health to develop standards for training. During this consultation, experts from throughout the cosmetic sector contributed to new guidelines which set out to improve training and patient safety.
What are the key requirements?
Ofqual-regulated qualifications are required for a range of minimally invasive procedures, including:
- Chemical skin peels
- Laser procedures
- Injectables (botulinum toxins and fillers)
- Hair restoration surgery
Level 7 (postgraduate) qualification required for delivery of:
- Botulinum toxins (“Botox”) and dermal fillers
- Medium-depth peels and phenol peels
- Mesotherapy with prescription-strength products
For a more in-depth summary of the Health Education England guidelines: