A new study programme at Coventry University is set to become the first in the country to offer an accredited qualification to practitioners working in the cosmetic enhancement industry.
The foundation module in aesthetics practice, developed by the University in conjunction with the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), has been created in response to calls for improved training for those practising cosmetic interventions, and for better regulation in the sector.
A recent NHS review, led by medical director Sir Bruce Keogh in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal, identified a “clear need for accredited training standards to be set for cosmetic procedures” and recommended “the creation of associated registers” so that the public can identify qualified practitioners.
There are currently no restrictions in the UK to govern who can legally perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as dermal filler treatment, laser hair removal and Botox injections, and no qualifications are required to carry out any of them.
Coventry University’s new module, which starts in October, is offered as part of the continuing professional development programme within the institution, and is based on standards drawn up between BACN and the Royal College of Nursing.
The accredited module can be studied as a stand-alone qualification or as part of a full degree course, and is set to equip graduates for the first time with the theoretical knowledge required to practise cosmetic interventions safely within the industry.
Alison Bardsley, course director for non-medical prescribing at Coventry University, said: “The lack of regulation and proper training standards for people carrying out cosmetic interventions are areas of increasing concern for the public, so the advent of this course marks a significant step towards an improved framework for the industry and the introduction of a long overdue element of control by health standards specialists.”