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Proposed regulation, what I hope to see!

With the current new regulation talks, questionnaires and potential traffic light system lots of practitioners are unsure what this will mean. I am personally excited to see the proposed guidance and welcome regulation with open arms!

Not only to improve patient safety, and to stop some of the life threatening and barbaric practices we see every day, but for another reason I feel is important.

For professionals within aesthetics it’s hard to know what is deemed as right or wrong, what is just an opinion and what is fact. In aesthetics we have black and white, but also thousands of shades of grey In between.

As there is currently no clear right or wrong in this industry, it depends upon the perception of the person. What am I talking about your wondering? I’m referencing the different ‘levels’ of practitioner qualifications within each council. I.e GDC, NMC, GPhc, HCPC. With some individuals/companies only supporting doctors, dentists and prescribing nurses. Others supporting doctors, dentists, all nurses and prescribing paramedics.

The next company will support all of the above, yet it will include all paramedics and prescribing pharmacists only. You can probably get my drift now.. Depending on the perception of the person, will depend on whether your qualifications and PIN number are deemed ‘acceptable’ and safe. This makes it difficult for practitioners, as you could be attending a reputable brand training day and be with an ODP, dental nurse, pharmacist (random examples, no pitchforks please!) all who are knowledgeable and supported by that particular company. Then the following week attend a course where those qualifications are deemed as inappropriate.

This also means that professionals can access varying levels of support, education and advice. This then inadvertently affects patients safety and practitioners future skill development and growth. I am hoping that with practitioners driving the force for change and patient safety, that pertinent guidance will be developed and an appropriate regulation be enforced. Meaning practitioners will be required to meet a specific qualification, education level and skill set before being able to practice within the aesthetics field.

I am hoping this will reduce the level of confusion and eliminate some of the many grey areas aesthetics presents. I hope that regulation will mean that all practitioners that meet these standards will have access to high quality training and support within aesthetics. Meaning higher skilled injectors, more knowledge and support being shared between groups, increased access to high standard training, and ultimately safer aesthetics for patients.

Patient and practitioner safety should always be key.

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