The NHS is a political football as we approach a general election, but one thing is clear, many nurses are leaving and going to work in aesthetics.
And the reasons are pretty clear – better pay, better working conditions and better hours.
Currently there are almost 41,000 unfilled nursing posts and the number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the past seven years, analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows. Between June 2010 and June 2011, 3,689 employees said that was the reason they had decided to stop working for the NHS in England. But that figure was 10,257 for the 12 months to June 2018 – a 178% increase.
One nurse who has moved into aesthetics has recently described it perfectly saying: “From starting university, I felt conditioned. Conditioned to accept shifts, to accept poor wages, to accept minimal time with loved ones.”
The more medics in the aesthetics profession will undoubtedly help to raise standards. For non-medics it means there will be more opportunities to seek out clinical oversight and work alongside those who have been medically trained – albeit in a range of skills not necessarily relevant to aesthetics.
And it will continue to drive the boom in aesthetics as one of the fastest growing industries in Britain. But that’s not good news for the NHS.