Online learning specialists launch new accelerated assessment for healthcare professionals

Learna, the Cardiff-based online training provider, has launched a new accelerated assessment for healthcare professionals designed to bring more regulation to the largely unregulated beauty industry.

The new Fast Track Assessment (FTA) is the first of its kind and was launched in collaboration with the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) to provide proof of equivalency to JCCP Level 7 qualifications for healthcare professionals. It aims to streamline the process, allowing more cosmetic practitioners to be eligible to join the JCCP PSA government-approved registry.

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 the public may not be aware 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.

Political pressures have grown 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 an “imminent 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.

The program ensures that those operating in the industry are more accountable to members of the public regarding their ‘fitness to practice’, and that those looking for an aesthetic practitioner can be sure to choose one from the registry. approved by the JCCP.

Professor Steve Davies, Founding Director of Learna and President of the Welsh Aesthetic and Cosmetic Society, said:

“The increasing demand for cosmetic procedures also demands a greater responsibility on our part as cosmetic practitioners, to demonstrate our competence in performing these treatments and to reassure the public that they are in good hands.

“By 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 / aesthetic industry and gain recognition as a JCCP registered practitioner. This is a real necessity because the sector is working on aspects of professionalization which remain unregulated.

Claire Holmes, head of aesthetic training at You Can Clinic in Cardiff, said:

“We are seeing strong demand from healthcare professionals for our CPD and training, underscoring practitioners’ appetites to stay ahead of best practice and deliver the best quality and standards to their patients. And since the sector relies so much on self-regulation, opportunities such as accelerated assessment are crucial for practitioners. Having the FTA in Cardiff will give the industry in Wales a big boost. “

Professor David Sines CBE, Chairman of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners, said:

“The JCCP is delighted to be working in partnership with Learna to co-design and approve the implementation of the Council’s first accelerated assessment center. The 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 and experienced health practitioners with a more accessible pathway to access the registry. Council practitioners.

You can find out more about the new FTA, which is now open for applications, on the Learna website.

For more information on the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) or the Register of Certified PSA Practitioners, visit:

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