An e-learning specialist has launched a fast-track assessment with the aim of improving the regulation of the aesthetics industry.
Learna, a Cardiff-based online training provider, has launched the new assessment for healthcare professionals, designed to try to further regulate the largely unregulated aesthetics industry.
The Accelerated Assessment (FTA) is considered the first of its kind and was launched in collaboration with the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) to provide proof of equivalence to the JCCP Level 7 qualifications for health professionals. health. It aims to streamline the process, allowing more cosmetic practitioners to be eligible to join the JCCP PSA government-approved registry.
Learna has grown rapidly over the past year, growing from just 30 employees to 58 in less than 12 months.
The number of students increased by 27% between the academic year 19/20 and the academic year 20/21, and the company’s turnover is Â£ 6million, on track to reach his forecast for the year.
With reports of a “zoom boom” in demand for non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including the administration of toxins and injectable fillers, it is clear that many people are looking for cosmetic treatments after the pandemic. beauticians currently reporting a huge increase in bookings. .
But many are unaware that people performing injections and other non-surgical procedures are not required to have formal clinical health care qualifications, as the industry is still largely unregulated.
While the FTA creates another possibility for cosmetic practitioners to gain accreditation for which we will likely see increasing demand in the years to come, it also adds a new qualification to Learna’s offerings – it already offers a PgDip in Aesthetic Medicine. , but the FTA is a faster, more affordable alternative.
Political pressures on the industry have increased over the past decade, demanding better regulation of the industry. In 2013, a government-commissioned report called for the introduction of a legislative framework to better regulate the industry, describing the use of dermal fillers as a “looming crisis.”
The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act of 2021 recently received royal ascension in the UK Parliament, banning the use of toxins and injectable fillers in children for non-medical reasons.
But in Wales there is currently no legislation that imposes additional regulations on the aesthetics industry. When the Public Health (Wales) Act was introduced in 2017, it included regulations for ‘special procedures’, requiring those who perform acupuncture, body piercing, electrolysis and tattooing to be allowed to be done by a local authority. Despite calls for injectable toxins, dermal fillers and non-surgical cosmetic procedures to be included in ‘special procedures’, there are no regulations regarding licensing or medical qualifications to perform these treatments in Wales .
This means that it has been largely left to the sector to self-regulate and that the JCCP has been driving much of the momentum to educate the public and practitioners about the importance of professional standards, and the launch of the new accelerated assessment is another step towards achieving this.
The FTA offered by Learna is specially designed for aesthetic practitioners seeking to assure patients of their standards of quality and safety. Its aim is to provide a faster and cheaper alternative for practitioners who wish to enroll in the JCCP PSA government approved practitioner registry, which was established in 2018.
The registry requires practitioners to undertake a formal qualification to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competencies in aesthetic medicine in order to obtain full and unconditional registration.
Learna’s FTA is the only accelerated assessment program in the UK that is officially recognized by the JCCP and allows practitioners to access Part 1 of the PSA Government-approved JCCP Practitioner Register.
It offers practitioners a Level 7 qualification which is an alternative to the more expensive and time consuming qualifications such as PgCert Cosmetic Medicine, PgDip and other related postgraduate qualifications.
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Professor Steve Davies, Founding Director of Learna and President of the Welsh Aesthetic and Cosmetic Society, said: âThe increase in demand for cosmetic procedures also demands greater responsibility on our part as cosmetic practitioners, to demonstrate of competence in carrying out these treatments and reassuring the public. that they are in good hands.
âBy creating the FTA, we have provided an alternative option for practitioners who may have years of experience under their belt and who are looking to demonstrate their expertise in the cosmetics / aesthetics industry and gain recognition as a JCCP registered practitioner. This is a real necessity because the sector is working on professionalizing aspects that remain unregulated.
Professor David Sines CBE, Chairman of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, added: âThe concept of the Fast Track Assessment Center was envisioned in 2018 and has always been at the heart of JCCP’s strategy to provide successful health practitioners and experienced a more accessible entry route experience to enable them to access the register of Council practitioners.