Why our Level 7 Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers Training is taking time to launch

Cosmetic Injectables Training

A regulated Level 7 course

We have been receiving many inquiries regarding dermal fillers and Botulinum training. So I would like to mention why our training course is taking time to be launched.

A quick search on Google for Ireland and you are presented with several “one-day” courses and a few two day, “intensive” courses for medical and non-medical practitioners.

We started ATAI as we saw a gaping hole in the level of training offered in the beauty sector, with an intention to also venture into medical aesthetics training. With the beauty industry evolving we see more nurses and allied health professionals coming into the industry. We believe that over the next few years the industry will have a defined line between the traditional beauty salon and the technology led, aesthetic, medispa, skin clinic. We only need to look to the courses being redesigned by the awarding bodies reflecting the HEE (UK) guidelines, to see this is becoming a reality.

The courses we offer are regulated meeting or exceeding the guidelines laid out by the HEE. It is easy to be confused over the courses on offer for dermal fillers. Course providers use words like “endorsed by Ofqual,” recognised by UK insurance companies and CPD approved. Yet, none of this means the courses are regulated while meeting or exceeding the Level 7 guidelines as laid out by the HEE. While currently, it is not legislation that practitioners adhere to holding a Level 7 qualification provided by a regulated awarding body, doing so future proofs the qualification while guaranteeing a specific level of training and competency.

We would recommend any health professionals about to debark on a fillers course to think hard about the course being offered to them. Is the course an actual Level 7 qualification, is it regulated, or is it just a CPD style course? I have included a sample course structure that goes into a regulated Level 7 qualification, compare it to what you are being offered.

  • Principles of History, Ethics and Law in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the background of aesthetic medicine
    • Understand the responsibilities of the General Medical Council (GMC) within aesthetic medicine
    • Understand the legal obligations associated with aesthetic medicine
  • Principles of Treatment in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the importance of individualised treatments with reference to aesthetic medicine
    • Understand key methodological considerations general within aesthetic medicine
    • Understand the relationship between specific physical qualities and concepts of youth and attractiveness
    • Understand the actions required as part of the pre-procedural client consultation and related informed consent process
  • Principles of Cosmetic Psychology in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the key drivers for cosmetic procedures within aesthetic medicine
    • Understand the key ‘at risk’ groups with reference to aesthetic medicine
    • Understand how to respond to a range of psychological issues
  • Principles of Dermatology in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the structure and function of the skin and hair
    • Understand the impacts of age and dermatological condition upon the skin
    • Understand the use of dermatologically focussed tools and products
  • Principles of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the biochemistry and mechanisms of action of botulinum toxin
    • Understand the facial and neck anatomy relevant to the use of botulinum toxin within aesthetic medicine
    • Understand the risks and the management options, referring to adverse effects, associated with botulinum toxin administration
  • Practice of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Be able to perform client assessments relating to the use of botulinum toxin
    • Be able to develop a range of treatment plans relating to the use of botulinum toxin
    • Be able to administer botulinum toxin
  • Principles of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Understand the biochemistry and mechanisms of action of dermal fillers
    • Understand the facial anatomy relevant to the use of dermal fillers within aesthetic medicine
    • Understand a range of techniques for the application of dermal fillers
    • Understand the risks and the management options, referring to adverse effects, associated with dermal filler administration
  • Practice of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
    • Be able to perform client assessments relating to the use of dermal fillers
    • Be able to develop a range of treatment plans relating to the use of dermal fillers
    • Be able to administer dermal fillers
    • Be able to address adverse effects, arising from the use of dermal fillers, using hyaluronidase

Just because you are a Doctor, Nurse, Dentist, or Paramedic, it does not mean a one or two-day course is ‘ethical’ for the delivery of injectable treatment. At a time when the Pip implant scandal led the way to the Keogh Report and the HEE report delivering us to a new standard in training, I do find it very depressing to see courses not adhering to the hard lessons that have been learnt, or it would seem not learnt at all.

A note on therapists performing an injectable treatment. When our course launches, it will not be open to therapists. While it is possible for a non-medical person to learn the skills necessary with an in-depth, regulated course, therapists in our opinion miss a fundamental requirement for the delivery of injectables. Accountability, all medical field practitioners are regulated, “they have a number” and as such have liability and can lose their licence.

We expect our Level 7 Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers course to go live in the coming months, it is a considerable undertaking to facilitate the course. While we understand people want to ‘get injecting’ from an ethical standing and our desire to cement our training as industry leading, we would rather take longer and deliver a course we are happy to stand behind than make a few extra Euro. We do have a waiting list in place and we would welcome your addition and will keep you informed of where we are at.

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