Benefits of qualifying
Why get a qualification if you can just start injecting patients after a one-day foundation course? Well, you don’t have to, but there are some important reasons to qualify if you’re getting into aesthetic medicine. Here are the ones you don’t want to ignore.
1. Future-proof your career
2016 Health Education England guidelines specify that everyone who delivers cosmetic procedures should demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of formal training. In that document, those levels were then made explicit for the first time.
Specifically, the HEE guidelines (2015) state that ‘short courses’ will not count as evidence for future accreditation of learning (p.39):
“Only previous studies taken at the same level as (or higher than) the course for which the applicant is requesting partial exemption will be considered for APL and very short courses, e.g. 1-2 days in duration, will not meet the requirements for APL/RPL.”
Whether you buy a series of short courses or a postgraduate level qualification, training is an investment. If you want to insure your training against future regulations then the answer is to formally qualify.
2. Improve patient results
Any online search relating to “Botox” will often bring up reams of botch jobs. The reputation of aesthetic medicine has been tarnished since its inauguration. With only 10-30 practitioners per year coming out of postgraduate university courses, the rest emerge from one-day courses, many without any clinical training in needle use or complication management. As a result, it is hardly surprising that the quality of patient results is so visibly unreliable.
It is a sensitive decision to request an aesthetic treatment, and those people deserve a reliable standard of care.
Standardised qualifications provide the route to consistent, high-quality results. This benefits the repute of the entire industry, as well as the patients. The decision to receive aesthetic treatments should be free from social stigma caused by poor and unnatural results.
3. Differentiate yourself in a competitive market
Aesthetics is an exciting field, as many medical professionals are realising. Although aesthetics is a growing market on the consumer end, it is also increasingly popular as a career choice for doctors and nurses, especially with rising numbers of doctors and nurses looking to leave the NHS.
Other than for lasers, vocational qualifications in aesthetic medicine are still fairly new. This means that if you achieve one, you are a visible leader. Given their current rarity, verified qualifications will give you a powerful way to stand out.