With an ever-increasing reliance on technology, it is little wonder that nurses are becoming the new hot property in the industry. While there is always a demand for well trained and experienced therapists, a combination of factors is seeing the nurse having a moment. Many therapists have contacted us and asked how they can become an aesthetic or cosmetic nurse. The short answer is you need to complete a degree in nursing. Moreover, the most in-demand nurses are Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP’s) and Prescribing Nurses.
Why is it influencing the Irish aesthetics sector?
As many would know ITEC/VTCT, CIBTAC/BABTAC are fundamental in the UK beauty industry, as such training guidelines and training level structuring have been influenced by the HEE reports. Compounding this, other countries, in Asia, as an example, have also been pushing for more regulation and standardisation for better client outcomes and insurance purposes. ITEC/VTCT represents the largest and most respected awarding body for the beauty sector worldwide. With the need for worldwide accredited qualifications also means standardisation. So for them, directives taken on board in the UK have to be implemented throughout the training colleges for uniformity.
As mentioned, we have voiced our concern at the lack of standards in the sector; the HEE report addresses our concerns while facilitating a level of training suiting the sector. ITEC & VTCT are UK based and are already implementing many of the recommendations while launching new accredited courses to reflect same.
While awarding bodies like ITEC provided courses for beauty, the rapidly changing face of the aesthetics sector left a gap in the training sector. We have often highlighted the problems with current training with the high degree of insurance claims and clients gaining unfavourable outcomes.