What is a Level 7 Qualification in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?
Firstly, what do we mean by ‘Level 7’? The ‘level’ of any qualification dictates the standard of knowledge, complexity and level of risk involved in performing a treatment.
Level 6 – Undergraduate degree in a medical discipline
Level 7 – Postgraduate degree
Following the PIP breast implant scandal in 2012 and the rapid growth of the non-surgical aesthetic industry, the Department of Health appointed Health Education England (HEE) to review and advise on the regulatory framework in the cosmetic industry. They worked closely with professional statutory regulators, Royal Colleges and other stakeholders to conduct a review of the qualifications required for an individual to perform non-surgical cosmetic interventions. This included treatments of the 5 main modalities of aesthetic medicine including Botulinum Toxin Type A, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, Microneedling amongst others. During this process they have also made recommendations on accreditation, qualifications and course delivery. These recommendations have been outlined in 2 reports that you can download here.
Up until this point, non-surgical cosmetic treatments have been highly unregulated. The introduction of a ‘Level 7 Qualification’ is a necessary movement towards a more standardised level of training for medical professionals considering a career in aesthetic medicine.
Health Education England has suggested that an appropriate level of training for Botox and Dermal Filler treatments is at a Level 7. Therefore if you have completed your undergraduate degree in a medical discipline and are currently registered with either the GMC, GDC or NMC you are able to attend a Level 7 postgraduate course in Botox and Dermal Filler treatments.
It is important to note that most established aesthetic training providers, including ourselves already follow these guidelines. Health Education England is simply supporting the standards that leading independent training providers have already set.
What does the Level 7 Certificate consist of?
The Level 7 Certificate involves a combination of online learning modules, observation sessions, practical hands-on teaching, mentoring sessions and assessments to provide you with 277 hours of learning. During the qualification you will cover the following 8 units:
Principles of History, Ethics and Law in Aesthetic Medicine
Principles of Treatment in Aesthetic Medicine
Principles of Cosmetic Psychology in Aesthetic Medicine
Principles of Dermatology in Aesthetic Medicine
Principles of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Practice of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Principles of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Practice of Dermal Filler User in Aesthetic Medicine
These units have been recommended to provide you with the relevant knowledge and skills to practice the following procedures independently:
The use of Botulinum Toxin to treat glabellar, frontalis and crow’s feet
The use of Botulinum Toxin to treat bunny lines
The use of Dermal Fillers to treat nasolabial folds, marionette lines, oral commissures, vermillion border, lip body and basic cheek augmentation
Is this Level 7 qualification a mandatory requirement to start practicing in aesthetics?
No. The Department of Health strongly support the recommendations that have been provided by HEE but are not in a position to make this a mandatory requirement nor are they looking to do this in the imminent future.
However, independent organisations such as the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) are working towards achieving an industry standard whereby obtaining a Level 7 qualification is seen as the ‘norm’ for any medical professional considering an aesthetic career. To get to this point all key stakeholders, insurance providers as well as the general public will need to see holding a Level 7 qualification as a minimum requirement for providing these non-surgical treatments. How successful these independent organisations will be at reaching these industry standards remains unknown.
If it’s not mandatory can I just do a Foundation Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers and still practice?
Yes. If you are looking to start offering Botox and Dermal Fillers an introductory foundation course in Botox and Dermal Fillers remain an appropriate course to undertake to get you started. In fact the Foundation Course in Botox and Dermal Fillers makes up part of the Level 7 Qualification that we offer here at Cosmetic Courses.
Each of our training courses provides you with the fundamental knowledge, practical skills and business acumen to become a successful aesthetic practitioner.
Over the past 15 years we have trained 5000 delegates in a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments, many of whom have gone on to build highly profitable practices. This is a testament to the quality of the training we provide.
Therefore, if you are considering a career in aesthetic medicine you have 2 options:
Complete individual courses which can later be combined to achieve credits towards your qualification in the future, should you feel the need to obtain one
Book the entire Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine and receive a discount for booking all courses together
We discuss later in this guide the options for aesthetic practitioners already working in the industry.
How do I achieve a Level 7 Qualification?
If you have decided the Level 7 Qualification is the appropriate choice for you then there are two routes to achieve the qualification, both of which have been recommended by HEE:
Through a University offering a 3 year Postgraduate Degree in Aesthetic Medicine (approximately £9000)
Through an OFQUAL-approved Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine via an independent training provider
Do Cosmetic Courses offer the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine?
Yes. We have spent a long time working with key stakeholders in the industry to create and deliver a high quality training programme in order to ensure our delegates continue to receive the highest quality of teaching.
We are now extremely pleased to announce that our Level 7 Qualification in Aesthetic Medicine will be launching in January 2017.
We have carefully considered our Level 7 Qualification, creating our own unique OFQUAL-accredited programme of learning that meets HEE requirements and has a strong focus on your hands-on practical learning.
Total amount of learning: 277 hours
Total amount of guided learning/practical experience: 59 hours (7 days of practical learning)
Our level 7 Qualification in Aesthetic Medicine will comprise of the following:
5 x online modules
1 x Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler Course
4 x 121 bespoke sessions
2 x mentoring sessions
We have also used our 15 years of experience of setting up and developing a successful aesthetic skin clinic to add additional topics to the learning framework unique to Cosmetic Courses, which will enhance your learning experience and give you a greater chance of building a successful aesthetic practice.
How does our Level 7 Certificate differ to those already on offer?
Our Level 7 qualification stands out for a number of important reasons:
Practical learning on live models provided by us
Over the past 15 years our aim has always been to produce safe and competent aesthetic practitioners.
The most effective way of reaching this aim is through practical hands-on training on live models. Therefore our qualification framework has been adapted to ensure you receive a maximum amount of guided learning hours. You will see over 40 individual patient cases during your qualification, each one selected by our dedicated patient liaison team in order to provide you with cases covering a variety of gender, ages and skin types. This will provide you with an excellent understanding of the consultation, designing a treatment plan, managing your patients’ expectations, appropriate clinical technique and aftercare support.
15 years of top training experience
We have 15 years of experience in medical aesthetic teaching but what does that mean for you? It means we know exactly how to design and deliver a first class training programme and we understand what it takes to make you a successful aesthetic practitioner.
Tailored approach to your training
We were the first providers in the UK of bespoke aesthetic training in non-surgical techniques and we will bring this experience to our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine. We have a team of dedicated training co-ordinators who will work with you to design a tailored practical training plan specific to your requirements in line with the HEE guidelines.
Our expert trainers with 113 years of experience
All training programmes are managed by our Clinical Director Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Adrian Richards. In 2014 Mr Richards was named as one of the world’s Top 100 Most Influential Cosmetic Doctors by international cosmetic surgery website RealSelf. He was also named ‘The Botox Expert’ in the Evening Standard‘s ‘Harley Street Heroes’ and is the author of best-selling textbook ‘Keynotes on Plastic Surgery’. This continued involvement in both the surgical and non-surgical cosmetic industry allows Mr Richards to produce up-to-date course programmes of the highest quality.
Mr Richards works with a handpicked team of expert aesthetic trainers including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, Aesthetic Doctors, Dentists and Nurses who have all excelled in their respective fields and have a combined experience of 113 years in the industry. Each of them are experts in their own discipline enabling us to bring you the highest quality of teaching that cannot be met by any other training provider in this field.
We were recently awarded The My Face My Body Award for Best Training Programme and Commended at The Aesthetic Awards as Training Initiative of the Year, a clear indication of the quality of the training we provide to our delegates.
Partners with industry leaders
We understand that as medical professionals you have a considerable amount of mandatory online training that you have to complete for your appraisals and revalidation. We don’t want you to have to sit through hours of mundane theory which in effect may not aid your success as an aesthetic practitioner.
Therefore we have created our own bespoke learning management system in partnership with the experts at Blank Canvas to deliver a truly unique learning experience. Gone are the days of endless papers, articles and words on the page, we have developed our system to meet a range of learning types with a combination of written, audio, visual and games to test your knowledge in a fun and inspiring way.
All of our courses are also recognised by the leading aesthetic insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
Ongoing support and continuous feedback
Throughout your Level 7 Qualification you will receive continuous feedback on your learning as well as a direct contact to a member of our clinical and administrative team. This will provide you with business development, marketing and clinical support as you start building up your practice.
All inclusive and hassle-free
The cost of our qualification is all-inclusive which means there are no hidden costs along the way. From your online learning, practical hands-on, business support, clinical support, mentoring and assessment, everything is both organised and paid for in one go.
Dedicated clinical environment for training
All of our training courses are provided in either working hospitals or aesthetic clinics. This means you will train in fully functioning clinical rooms rather than artificial training environments.
If you attend or have attended courses which aren’t Level 7 accredited will you have to start your training from scratch?
No. Health Education England recognise that there are a significant number of highly experienced, qualified aesthetic practitioners already performing these treatments and understand that it would be unreasonable to suggest that you go back to basics and re-train.
If you are a delegate already practicing in the industry you will have the opportunity to be recognised for your prior learning. This means if you would like to be awarded with a Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine you can present a portfolio of patient cases and undertake any relevant online learning modules and assessments highlighting your level of knowledge and skills.
Whichever route you go down whether it is individual training courses, the Level 7 Certificate, or a postgraduate degree via a University it is important to ask the following questions to your provider:
Who are your trainers – what is their background and experience in medical aesthetic teaching?
How much practical hands-on experience do you receive during your training and how much of this is on live patients?
Do they provide support for you during your aesthetic career – do they offer business support, clinical support or advanced level training?
Where are the courses held – is it a clinical environment?
How many practitioners have they trained to date? And where are they now?
By comparing the answers to these questions you will be able to make an informed decision on the right training provider for you.
If you would like to register your interest for our Level 7 Certificate in Injectables for Aesthetic Medicine, launching in January 2017 you can do so today by calling us on 01844 390110 or emailing us at [email protected].
Dates can be arranged in the coming months if you are not sure of your diary!
In order to take advantage of these offers, you must book them between 8:30am and 5:30pm on the 25th November 2016. If you wish to pay by monthly installments we will need to have 50% paid upfront with the remaining balance being split over a maximum of 6 months.
The offer will be valid for courses booked in 2016 and 2017 only.
Please note that these offers will only be available over the phone or via email, you will not be able to book via the website. The quickest way to book is to phone us on 01844 390110, or send us an e-mail to [email protected] between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Friday the 25th of November. If you enquire outside of these times on this day we will not be able to honour the discount.
There are many guidelines surrounding the advertisement of injectable treatments, specifically Botox. Botox is a Prescription-Only Medicine (POM) and therefore should not be promoted to the public for purposes of marketing, for example it should not be used in traditional media such as posters, brochures or leaflets. The regulations also apply to different forms of social media and blogs where they are used as a method of communicating about POM’s that could particularly appeal to and influence a younger audience.
The guidelines set out in the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) aim to protect the vulnerable and ensure that all information being delivered is accurate and a fair representation of the product as well as the results it will achieve.
Specifically for prescription-only medicines including Botox, it is not permitted to do 2 for 1 or 50% off discounts. You should not be promoting the use of these POMs to the public. It is also outlined in the regulations that using the words “hurry” or equivalent time pressure phrases are not permitted in relation to POMs; they are seen to pressure vulnerable patients into making decisions before they are fully aware or prepared of what they are getting themselves into. Nothing you advertise should pressurise the consumer to take up the offer. Extreme care should be taken when advertising promotional offers to avoid breaking any regulations.
When organising discounts and promotional offers, you may want to consider only offering promotions on non-invasive skin treatments that can only be relinquished after a full consultation, so not to give the sense of urgency that may appear to add pressure for consumers to book treatments. This will ensure you remain within the guidelines for advertising promotional offers whilst offering your clients a much desired discount for Black Friday.
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If you have trained in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and would like to extend and develop your knowledge, this will be a brilliant opportunity for you. This workshop will provide you with the most up to date techniques and development of PRP and allow you to explore specific aspects of the treatment; specialising in the use of PRP for hair loss conditions, an increasingly popular treatment currently under research. This workshop will be an excellent way for you to retrieve answers for any questions you may have regarding the treatment and also to develop your understanding, which you can then relay to your patients.
Booking is almost full so don’t miss out!
Dr Gilbert Amgar
The incredible Dr Gilbert Amgar will be presenting at the workshop. In March 2015, a study by Parisions Dr Gilbert Amgar and Dr Pierre Bouhanna was published in PRIME Journal. The study looked at objective parameters to assess treatment of androgenic alopecia with PRP. PRP is a non-surgical option that that is being increasingly used for hair restoration and stimulating hair growth. This research is ongoing and the workshop will provide a great opportunity for you to have your questions on hair restoration answered. As well as find out the latest patient selection protocols.
The workshop will be running from 10:00 until 4:00, however if you are going, please ensure to arrive for 9:30 as a packed day is planned.
The Cellenis PRP Workshop promises you:
A hands on experience with the latest combination therapies using Cellenis PRP
Full updates on techniques using Cellenis PRP alone
Details of new marketing material for websites and new Cellenis PRP products
Where is it?
The workshop will be held in Milton Keynes, there will be free parking available, and will also be close to the station for rail travellers. The venue is approximately 2.6 miles from Milton Keynes central station and approximately 3 miles from the M1.
Parkside House, Newport road Woughton on the Green Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK6 3LR
The workshop will cost £100, however this will be redeemable on product purchase during the day.
Please let us know if you have any queries or comments. If you are interested in attending the workshop and would like to book your place all you need to do is send an email to [email protected] with your name in the subject line. We hope to see you there!
For optimum results your clients will need a course of skin peels along with a high quality home skincare regimen. The skin care market is ever growing and a brilliant way to expand revenue as well as improve the services you offer to your clients. At Cosmetic Courses, we offer a Neostrata Skincare Training day for only £50 + VAT. This will educate you on the different ranges of products available. From this day you will gain an insight and overview of the products, ingredients and the conditions they can treat. We will also advise you on how to integrate these products into your clinic in order to improve revenue and client satisfaction.
With the development of Leeds, there is plenty of demand for new businesses and as a result of this the city has seen a growth in the population of inspiring, dynamic individuals. So with more investment into the city and more money to spend on luxuries, the Northern regions really have become a great place to set up a lucrative aesthetic business.
Our Leeds training facility is based in the skin clinic Skindustry™, which is ideally located in Bingley. There is a direct rail link located less than 1 minute of Skindustry™ Clinic and multiple parking facilities are available. With the growth of this location we are pleased to be able to accommodate many more delegates from other areas such as Scotland, Ireland and Newcastle. Our team will also provide you with useful hotel and travel information to help you plan your stay.
Skindustry Clinic, 113 Main Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2HT
Skindustry™ is a modern, high end skin clinic which is run by an experienced welcoming aesthetic team who can give you all of the support you need. Skindustry™ is a fully functioning skin clinic and CQC regulated, ensuring a professional environment for your training.
Which aesthetic training courses are offered in Leeds?
At Cosmetic Courses we understand the busy schedules of our delegates and pride ourselves in being as flexible as possible to accommodate all training needs. We currently offer a variety of training courses in our Leeds location including our Foundation Botox and Dermal Filler courses, which we currently offer once a month. We also offer 1-2-1 training days for Botox and Dermal Filler, which can be either a full day or a half day and can range from basic to advanced level to suit all abilities.
Due to popular demand over the last year we have extended our course offering in our Leeds location. Our training repertoire now includes the ever growing skin rejuvenation treatments such as Chemical Peels and Dermaroller. These procedures can often seem more appealing to patients who are new to the world of aesthetics as they are less invasive than Botox and Fillers. Many people interested in non-surgical treatments are now opting for chemical peels as an introduction or as an added benefit to their current treatment plan, depicting a growth in demand for skin rejuvenation. Therefore, it is an excellent way to tempt clients into the world of non-surgical treatments.
Another popular course we are offering at Leeds is Platelet Rich Plasma Training, which is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact there is no use of artificial products; it is a popular treatment not only on it’s own, but it also compliments other treatments such as dermal fillers or the dermaroller.
Which ever stage you are at in your training, there should be something for you at our aesthetic training location in Leeds.
Due to the quality of teaching, and expertise of our trainers Pauline Walton and Nick, we are proud to say that the popularity of our training in Leeds has grown year on year. With the introduction of new courses and additional training dates, we’ve seen a substantial growth of 265% from 2015 to 2016! Our model database for Leeds has also grown significantly, showing the increasing demand for non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the area.
If you have any further questions on our Leeds location, would like to book a course or become a model; please feel free to contact the team on 01844 390 110 or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
We are now offering over the phone and face-to-face consultations prior to appointments to help you understand which treatments are best for you.
“I like the free consultation clinics where practitioners make suggestions on where to have treatment (they suggested cheek fillers which I would never have chosen for myself and I loved it!!!)”
One of the questions asked in the survey was ‘how fair do you think the pricing is?’ As the treatments are carried out by delegates who are training we offer much lower prices than a regular high street clinic, however we wanted to know whether you believe the pricing of the treatments we offer is fair.
The results from the survey showed that the average score was 8.09 out of 10, a brilliant result reflecting the value for money. When asked why they became models for Cosmetic Courses, 44% said it was because of the reduced price!
Here are some of the comments from our models:
“It is made affordable for me to have the treatments that I would like”
“Great treatments at an affordable price”
“I cannot afford to pay the full price, but as a model can get the same treatment from highly skilled professionals for less than a third of the normal cost.”
“I like the range of treatments available and the discounted prices models pay – for hyperhidrosis treatment especially, the savings here are amazing”
We agree with our models and believe that our prices are a fair reflection of the quality of the treatment and aftercare you receive.
Booking an Appointment
One of the aims of the survey was to discover how easy our models felt it was to book an appointment.
The results from our survey showed that out of 10 for the ease of booking an appointment, the average score was 8.46. Whilst this is a very high score, we would like to make sure that the process of booking an appointment is quick and simple for everyone.
One area that presented as needing improving is the availability of more advanced and varied treatments across our four locations.
This is something we are continually working towards and across the next year we hope to make our full range of treatments available at every training centre.
In the meantime we have created this infographic to show which treatments are currently available at each location:
Results from the treatment
One of our main aims from the survey was to find our how satisfied our models are with the quality and the results of the treatment they have received at Cosmetic Courses.
We are very pleased to find that our models have rated the results of their treatment with a brilliant average of 8.51 out of 10.
When asked their favourite part of attending Cosmetic Courses our models explained:
“The overall improvement it made to my face was fabulous”
“The results have been amazing”
“The results firstly – the whole experience was a positive one. But appreciated how considerate the trainers were to my needs as well as the trainee’s needs.”
We currently offer a free of charge review 2-3 weeks post-treatment and will continue to offer this service. Remember if you ever have a problem with a treatment or would just like to ask a question then please don’t hesitate to contact the team who will be more than happy to assist.
Overall Customer Service Levels
A core aim in Cosmetic Courses is to ensure the customer service we deliver is of a high standard. So it was important for us to include this in our survey to find out any improvements we can make.
We are proud to say that the results from the survey reflected our efforts to deliver great customer service with an average score of 9.05 out of 10. We also received many comments on the friendliness of our staff:
“Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Everything is explained well. When you are feeling nervous about a procedure, they are there with reassurances and advice.”
“I like all of the service from start to finish!”
“The reception team are lovely to talk to and were very helpful.”
“The customer service is fantastic “
Level of Care from our Aesthetic Trainers
We pride ourselves on the care delivered by our trainers and it is important to us that our models feel like they are being well looked after.
We are very pleased to say that the models that took part in the survey rated the care received from the trainers at an average of 9.3/10, and had plenty of lovely comments about our trainers:
“The whole experience was a positive one. But I appreciated how considerate the trainers were to my needs as well as the trainee’s needs”
“The quality of trainers is excellent. They explain everything and allow you as much time as you need. Very friendly reception staff as well. All very knowledgeable in their own field”
“The trainer is wonderful I want her every time I have a treatment”
We just want to say a big thank you to all of our models for providing this invaluable feedback and your continued support.
If you have any queries or would like to find out more about becoming a model, please feel free to contact our team on 01844 390 110 or send us an email at [email protected].