Setting the Standard in Aesthetic Medicine

Setting the Standard in Aesthetic Medicine
10th August 2015 Tristan Mehta

Why we are committed to being the best

Harley Academy is truly a unique cosmetic training course within the aesthetics industry, where over 80 such courses exist. With everyone claiming to be the best, what sets Harley Academy apart from the rest?

Harley Academy are not just weekend course course providers.

Harley Academy have been built from the ground up to support the new Government guidelines for training in cosmetic medicine.

It is impossible for students to achieve the new recommended competencies within a weekend. Instead, students are now required to study an intensive University-standard e-Learning curriculum and complete a clinical placement, followed by a standardised assessment.

Harley Academy offer medical professionals the most flexible way to reach gold-standard competencies, without requiring them to return to university. Our students can study remotely, in their own free time, using our state-of-the-art e-Learning platform delivered by OCB Media – the biggest name in healthcare eLearning with clients such as AstraZeneca and the NHS.

The clinical placement is again flexible. Students can either elect their own supervisor, who can mentor them independently, or they can travel to our Training Clinics in Central London and Liverpool for mentoring provided by our own cosmetic doctors.

Unlike other courses, this gives students the opportunity to attend real cosmetic clinics and experience real consultations. They will also be required to observe 20 and deliver 20 of their own treatments before achieving a reference from their supervising expert cosmetic doctor.

Health Education England published the new guidelines this Summer. Their key messages for training were:

  • Theoretical training is very poorly covered in existing courses. Students are required to achieve higher-education standard learning outcomes ranging from Dermatology to Psychological aspects of cosmetic decision making
  • Students must initially observe 10 treatments of each Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers, followed by supervised treatment of these procedures – again, 10 of each
  • Courses which run over a weekend will not be valid for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

From a practitioner’s perspective, the risk of attending a typical weekend course is that they will need to retrain, and pay again for more thorough training if (or when) the government make the recommendations an enforceable requirement.

Given that the new standard has been set by Health Education England, it makes sense for new practitioners in the industry to train according to the new guidelines.

Aside from the fact that weekend courses do not inherently train according to the new recommendations, they also expose new practitioners who are dangerously under-experienced in the sector. After injecting one or two models over a weekend, students are not prepared to take on patients of their own. This is a risk to patient safety and a litigious risk to the practitioner involved.

Despite much progress after the Sir Bruce Keogh report, this specialty – especially training within it – still operates at a level which is not fit for purpose.

Harley Academy is committed to improving standards and patient safety in the cosmetic sector through paving the way to a standardised, accredited course which tackles the inherent problems of weekend courses whilst still being a time and cost-effective training solution.

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