The largest professional association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK has updated its code of conduct saying that regulated healthcare professionals should not train or prescribe for “Beauty Therapists/Lay people” in injectable cosmetic treatment such as dermal fillers and Botulinum Toxins.
The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation that lists approximately 250 nurses on its practitioner finder on its website across the UK.
A statement by Sharon Bennett, BACN Chair, and agreed by the BACN Board was delivered at their recent conference, outlining their reasoning.
It said: “We have seen a growing number of Beauty Therapists delivering the most invasive aesthetic procedures to the public, including non-surgical rhinoplasty, jaw and facial sculpting, fat dissolving with unlicensed products, large volume lip fillers and so on.
“The complications in cosmetic treatments are rising with hundreds of cases of adverse events, the public exposed to an inability to be cared for medically by this group and those training them not accountable. The public are often subject to ghosting, blocking and intimidation should they complain, and the medical profession are increasingly required to pick up and help, often out of goodwill”.
No details were given to substantiate the claims made in the statement.
The statement later says: “Whilst the task of injecting an anti-wrinkle toxin or a dermal filler (implant) at its most basic level can be taught relatively easily, a much wider knowledge and clinical acumen is required. The tick box consultation method in medicine does not work if the answers to the questions are not clearly understood and acted upon. Our own patients may present with a medical condition or medications and our clinical judgement, scrutiny and reasoning will come into play when we consider and plan their treatment, and we may decide not to treat, or we may refer. A qualified nurse is furnished with competency in multiple clinical skillsets, judgement, critical thinking and evaluation. A beauty therapist (or similar) is not and the phrase “competently incompetent” is well suited.”
The motion has also been supported by the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) and the Aesthetics Clinical Advisory Board.
The ACPB works to represent non-medics working in the industry and help balance the debate by supporting the legal rights of non-medics to practice.
Non-medics can join the ACPB, a registered charity, and sign up to a professional code of practice. This is supported by a group of medics who offer clinical oversight and prescribing services. A 24-hour helpline is available to assist with any adverse effects or issues faced by practitioners.