We have also started to put together some business blogs including marketing advice, details on insurance providers and choosing your location. We also have courses coming up on the art of ‘selling’ and understanding the function of different skin products to help to increase your revenue. If once you have completed your course, you’re still not sure if you have enough confidence to be able to start practicing on your own or you have had a little gap in between, we offer further bespoke 1-2-1 training tailored to your requirements.
In your own words:
We have had some lovely feedback from you and would like to share some of your kind words:
“Thorough, safe, models provided. Great Trainers. Lovely office staff friendly and helpful”
“Good Course, experienced trainers and hands on practical”
“My experience with you has helped me feel confident to start offering various treatments.”
“Bespoke, small groups, friendly staff and finance options available.”
And finally we are very pleased that 86% of you would recommend us to others for their training needs.
If you have anything else that you would like us to consider, please let us know by calling the team on 01844 390110 or dropping us and email to [email protected]
Establishments such as SaveFace and the Safety in Beauty Awards, are working hard to ensure reputable practitioners and clinics are recognised for their contribution to following best practice and industry standards. They have been campaigning for standards within this industry to be tightened up and enforced to ensure patients who put their faith in what they believe is a trusted practitioner to not be disappointed with their results. These concerns were initially raised by Professor Sir Bruce Keoghs in his 2013 Cosmetic Industry Review, as well as the Scottish Cosmetic Interventions Expert Group over the years.
It appears that their cries are finally being heard, and action is being taken. As from the 1st June 2016, the General Medical Council (GMC) are setting out 7 essential standards that need to be adhered to by any Doctor who offers surgical or non-surgical treatments to patients.
The standards will be set out within a guidance document, detailing ethical obligations and standards that practitioners will need to meet, as well as advising the best way to meet these standards.
The advice to be included will be along the lines of the following:
Seeking your patients consent – It will be your responsibility as a practitioner to discuss the cosmetic procedure with the patient giving them all the information that they require to make an informed decision. This cannot be delegated to another member of staff, and it is best practice to offer all your patients a consultation period before booking any treatment.
Give your patients reflection time – Patients must have enough time to reflect and assess if their chosen procedure is the right choice for them. This is why a consultation period and break before the treatment is advised.
Consider your patients psychological needs – consider your patients vulnerabilities and be certain that they are going into having the procedure voluntarily and have not been forced.
Work within your competency levels – recognising your limits, asking for advice or referring the patient to a colleague with the correct skill set will ensure no repercussion in the future post treatment.
Up to date training – ensure that you are up to date with the latest techniques and undertake any relevant training courses.
Providing all information to your patient – this includes written information, support networks and aftercare advice.
Marketing your services – no promotional tactics will be able to be used to entice patients to make drastic decisions. Any advertising must be clear and factual.
Dr Fiona Durban, Cosmetic Courses Trainer
Regarding the above guidance standards, our Aesthetic Trainer, Dr Fiona Durban thinks this is a step in the right direction “The GMC has simply defined standards of practice we should all currently be following. Practitioners should be self-directed in their learning in order that they are up to date with current best practice for procedures they perform. This also needs to be demonstrated for part of appraisal and revalidation. We should all be offering an initial consultation where treatments with our patients can be planned, their suitability assessed (including any psychological vulnerability) and information given. Consent should never be delegated to others. This guidance I hope is another step towards the profession demanding high standards of care and best practice”
Cosmetic Courses is able to offer you any training requirements that you may need, as well as advice and support in ensuring that you are ready for these standards coming into force on 1st June 2016.
If you would like any advice, or refresher training, drop us an email to [email protected] or call the team on 01844 390110.
The Aesthetic Conference and Exhibition (ACE) is a well-established and successful conference event attended by those within the aesthetic industry. A one day pass will give you access all areas to 8 CPD accredited clinical and business sessions, where you will be able to gain in-depth knowledge from leaders within the field, including our clinical Director, Mr Adrian Richards and our Clinical Lead and Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner and trainer Ms Mel Recchia. Adrian and Mel will be presenting together on 15 April at 10.30am on exhibition stage 2 on the topic: “The Knife or the Needle?” discussing surgical and non-surgical facial treatments.
ACE also offers all attending practitioners the opportunity to meet with over 100 providers of medical aesthetic treatments and services on their exhibition floor. This is a great opportunity for both new and practicing delegates to be able to see if there are any new treatments that they can consider offering to their existing clients, or build relationships with suppliers for those who are just starting out.
This two day CPD recognised exhibition offers access to top international speakers alongside over 400 dental manufactures and suppliers. You will have access to the latest products, materials and exclusive event deals. We will be exhibiting across this two day conference along with Cosmetic Courses trainer and dentist, Olha Vorodukhina. Olha will discuss lip filler treatment and detail her findings on how her aesthetic career has complimented her dentistry work.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Limited Companies include:
Any debts accrued by the either a PLC or a limited Company should not fall to the Director the business to pay with any personal belongings. The shareholders become liable according go the levels of their investment (how many shares they own). For a limited company, it is important to remember that there is a restriction on the raising of capital when it comes to selling shares, as they are only available if someone wishes to invest in the shares.
A big plus for limited companies is that they will be able to exist beyond the life of its original members, as they are run and function as a separate entity. Employee security can be ensured with this, but there can sometimes be disputes between directors and shareholders of public companies when it comes to decision making for the business.
Don’t always need office premises
When you start out your limited company, your funds will more than likely be limited and a big office space is something at the present time that would not be needed. Until your business expands, you can run it from the comfort of your own home, and then claim back a proportion of the cost of heating, lighting and electricity from your business. The accounting for any limited company is more complicated than those of a sole trader with many different documents legally required to be kept up to date throughout the year. These can be difficult to understand, time consuming and costly, but they are essential.
Ownership and Control
Directors of Private Limited Companies are normally the main shareholders, leaving both the ownership and control in their hands. Decisions can be made quickly and effectively, but it can be difficult to know what the best option is when faced with a difficult decision, and mistakes and obstacles can occur. Public Companies don’t have it so easy. There can sometimes be disputes between directors and shareholders of when it comes to decision making as ideas and direction can vary between each individual. Further sales of shares can lead to more investors, with a counter balance of there being more people that are involved in any decision making and having to keep happy. Decision making therefore can be slow, and time consuming.
Making the right decision for you
There is not right or wrong choice when it comes to deciding on the type of business you want to be. Each type has their differences, advantages and disadvantages which all need to be taken in to consideration.
To ensure you make the right decision for you we advise that you:
Conduct more research on all of the structures – gather as much information as possible to help you be certain of your choice.
Seek advice – if you find yourself with information overload, or you’re still not sure, you can make an appointment with a business manager at your local bank, or with an accountant who can give advice on what they think would be the best option for you.
Our team can offer support for you and your business after completing one of our courses. If you would like to find out more information on the courses that we offer, please call the team on 01844 3901101 or drop us an email; [email protected]
For every tonne of bras received, Against Breast Cancer receive £1,000 to go towards vital research for better detection and increased survival rates after breast cancer diagnosis. Your unwanted bras will go towards helping small businesses in Africa where the materials from these bras can be sold by traders locally. This type of recycling keeps many people both out of unemployment and more importantly out of poverty.
If you’ve had a breast augmentation, a breast reduction or simply fancy having a clear out of your unwanted bras then please don’t just throw your bra into any bin! Throw it into our bra recycling bin!
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. If you’ve got an appointment scheduled at The Paddocks Clinic in the next few weeks or are attending a course with us and would like to help, please feel free to bring in your bras and help us to fight breast cancer!
Race for Life – Aylesbury and Falkirk 5K
All the ladies at Cosmetic Courses and our sister companies Aurora Skin Clinics and Aurora Clinics are joining forces to raise money for Cancer Research UK by joining the #PinkArmy. A total of 17 of us have entered the Aylesbury Race for Life and 6 of our colleagues across the border the Falkirk Race for Life!
Almost every member of our team has been affected by cancer in some way. So by coming together and raising money for such a great cause hopefully we can go some way to beating cancer once and for all.
Do you want to join the #PinkArmy?
We’d love to see you there as part of the Pink Army, running or walking alongside the Aurora team or simply cheering us on. If you’d like to join us in beating cancer then the dates and venues are as follows:
Aylesbury 5K: Sunday 15th May at 10:30am Venue:Waddesdon Manor, Silk Street, Waddesdon, HP18 0JY
Falkirk 5K: Sunday 12th June at 11:00am Venue: Callendar Park, Callendar Road, Falkirk, Central, FK1 1YR
How can you donate?
We would really appreciate any donation towards our Race for Life. You can do this in person when you pop into clinic either at The Paddocks Clinic in Princes Risborough or The Gatehouse Clinic in Northampton.
Alternatively you can visit our Just Giving page, where you can donate online. It only takes a few minutes and we would really appreciate the support towards such a fantastic cause.
Remember every donation, big or small, can help us save more lives!
Launched in October 2013 by award winning beauty blogger Antonia Mariconda, Safety in Beauty is a campaign set up to help, educate and empower aesthetic and cosmetic consumers as well as encourage and facilitate a better and safer industry for those entering into it. The awards evening is a night set aside to celebrate and reward those practitioners and surgeons who have gone that extra mile in public safety.
All the short-listed candidates have been complied by Safety in Beauty via a panel of guest judges. Those selected have displayed extraordinary dedication to raising awareness and standards in the beauty, health, aesthetics and cosmetic industry. Examples include the following:
Those who have selflessly helped those left maimed by botched beauty and aesthetic treatments or cosmetic surgery
Those who have made a difference by conducting outstanding campaigns, education programmes, or training schemes with the aim of eradicating unsafe practice
Writers, bloggers, or media representatives who have used their writing skills to raise awareness of the importance of safety and transparency in the industry
Professionals, brands, and businesses who have given up a significant amount of their time, services, or products to help charitable or pro-bono cases in the beauty and cosmetic interventions industry
Those who have been dedicated to raising awareness and standards in the industry and who’ve shown perseverance and determination to do so.
The winners will be announced on the 2 July 2016 at a white themed awards party in London.
We would like to wish everyone who has been short-listed the very best of luck!
Local physician Mr Adrian Richards is one of 500 doctors in the nation to receive the prestigious RealSelf 500 Award, out of nearly 13,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf—the leading online community helping people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.
In a time when 1 in 4 U.S. adults share their health experiences on social media channels, the medical professionals that made the 2015 RealSelf 500 are recognized both for having an outstanding record of consumer feedback and for providing credible, valuable insights in response to consumer questions about elective cosmetic treatments, plastic surgery, dentistry and more.
Mr. Richards qualified as a Doctor in 1988 and for 12 years specialised in plastic surgery. He is a member of both the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). He now has private clinics based at premier locations, including the Northampton, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire and London. Mr. Richards recognises that his patients demand excellence from plastic surgeons; consequently he continuously collaborates with other plastic surgeons worldwide to bring new surgical and non-surgical innovations to his practice for the benefit of his patients. As a respected figure in the industry, Adrian is often invited to speak at events and conferences, and has made several appearances on national radio and television, including Channel 4’s ‘How Not to Get Old’ and ‘Bodyshockers’.
“In 2015, these 500 doctors collectively impacted tens of millions of consumers, with nearly 30% of our total doctor content posted by this relatively small group,” said Tom Seery, RealSelf founder and CEO. “When I started RealSelf, many doctors questioned why they should ‘give away’ their expertise ‘for free’ on the web. Now, eight years later — and with over one million doctor answers on our platform — we are proud of the standard this select group has set. They’re leading the way by empowering millions of consumers to gain access to the information they need to make smart and confident health and beauty decisions.”
Mr Richards is an expert contributor to RealSelf, and to date has posted 558 answers to questions on RealSelf. Each month people from all over world ask important aesthetic-related questions, such as “massaging a rippling implant?” or “Possible infection in BA stitches?” Mr Richards also maintains a patient star rating of five out of five stars in RealSelf reviews. For more information on Mr Richards, please visit www.aurora-clinics.co.uk and for the full list of RealSelf 500 Award winners, visit http://www.realself.com/RS500.
Since its founding in 2006, RealSelf has created the world’s largest community for learning and sharing information about cosmetic surgery, dermatology, dentistry, and other elective treatments.
With patients researching practitioners and Plastic Surgeons, having an online presence on trusted resource sites for reviews has never been more important. With RealSelf’s extensive collections of reviews, photos, videos and Q&A’s, it has become one of the most trusted resources for those who are looking for help beyond the beauty counter.
If you would like to join RealSelf and start your online reviews and presence, you can sign up by visiting www.realself.com.