Back to basics

15 Jul 2009

Training Spotlight Every month we will be sitting in on a training course to give the lowdown on whether or not it really does deliver what it promises. This month we travel to Southampton to find out why Innomed Training’s courses were given a national award. A few years ago training courses in medical aesthetics were few and far between but nowadays there are so many training providers offering courses in everything from botulinum toxin and fillers to mesotherapy and how to run your business that it is hard to know which courses will enhance your professional development and offer you the best value for money and which are delivering less than they promise to in their glossy brochures. 

Training Spotlight

back to basicsEvery month we will be sitting in on a training course to give the lowdown on whether or not it really does deliver what it promises. This month we travel to Southampton to find out why Innomed Training’s courses were given a national award.

A few years ago training courses in medical aesthetics were few and far between but nowadays there are so many training providers offering courses in everything from botulinum toxin and fillers to mesotherapy and how to run your business that it is hard to know which courses will enhance your professional development and offer you the best value for money and which are delivering less than they promise to in their glossy brochures. 

 

Earlier this year Innomed Training was given the Aesthetic Medicine Award for Training Course of the Year so it seemed like a good place to start in our quest to travel the length and breadth of the country to see what aesthetic training courses really have to offer practitioners. Today Dr Xavier Goodarzian, Innomed’s lead trainer is heading up the beginners’ botulinum toxin course from the training suite at his Southampton based clinic. 

I arrive 20 minutes early and have a cup of coffee in the waiting room with some of the other delegates who have also turned up ahead of time which gives me a chance to ask them a few questions about what they expect from the training and why they chose Innomed’s courses over the plethora of others out there. I am interested to discover that they have travelled from all over the country specifically to attend the course and that one of the main reasons for many of them picking it was the fact it had been given an award. 

“I did a lot of research on what courses were available,” says nurse Christine Eccles, who travelled down from Liverpool to take part. “I looked at all of the courses that were finalists in the Aesthetic Medicine Awards, not just this one, but even from the first contact they stood out.”

After enjoying a few too many of the cakes, biscuits and pastries laid out for us we head up to the training suite and take our seats. Dr Goodarxian welcomes everyone to the course and goes around the room to find out what area of medicine the delegates have come from and whether any of them have already started practicing in aesthetic medicine. The group of seven is made up of three nurses (one of whom is a Nurse Independent Prescriber) and four doctors. All were beginners looking to move into aesthetic medicine.

Dr Goodarzian begins by giving an introduction to the art of facial rejuvenation including the causes of ageing and general and facial assessment. He stresses the differences between practicing aesthetic medicine and working within the NHS and talks about the importance of offering your customers an experience. He devotes a significant amount of time to talking about the importance of thorough consultations and patient selection as well as record keeping and taking before and after pictures. He also discusses insurance and the benefits of joining an industry association and attending regular educational meetings.

The overwhelming thing about this course is its unbiased stance to product selection. All of the toxins available on the market (Botox, Vistabel, Dysport, Xeomin and Azzalure) are discussed in detail and in the practical session in the afternoon the delegates are given a chance to use two different toxins – so that they understand the different units and dilutions for the products. No pressure is put on to select one product over another and there is no sales pitch, leaving the attendees to make their own choices about which products they chose to use in their practice.

The theory section of the course is very comprehensive and includes an introduction to the cosmetic use of botulinum toxin, scientific explanations of the mechanisms of action of botulinum toxin type A, discussions on facial and musculature anatomy, how to prepare and store the different products, including hand outs of dilution guidelines, injection techniques and optimal injection sites. 

Both Dr Goodarzian and customer services director Martin MacKenzie join the delegates for lunch at the impressive Dockgate4 restaurant, which is situated in the ballroom of the former Cunard South Western Hotel where the first class passengers of the Titanic dined and had their last dance before boarding the ill-fated ship.  
The afternoon session is the hands on practical part of the course. A total of eight models have been supplied and Dr Goodarzian ensures that every delegate gets a chance to inject all three areas of the upper face. 

The course ends with self assessment and delegate feedback as well as a final discussion of the day to give delegates a chance to re-cap on the day and evaluate the effectiveness of the training as well as asking any additional questions.

I am impressed by how comprehensive the course is and by Dr Goodarzian’s relaxed and confident training style which allows for plenty of interaction between the delegates who are fee to ask questions throughout and judging from the glowing reviews the delegates gave me when I contacted them a few days afterwards to see what they thought of their training, it is not hard to see why Innomed Training came top of the class at the industry awards.  ?

The basics

Courses offered: Botulinum Toxin Type A, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peeling Systems, Mesotheraoy, Advanced Facial Aesthetics, Lip Perfection
Facilities: Southampton (at the Xavier G Medi-Spa) and London (at Wigmore Medical’s training facilities in Wigmore Street)
Trainers:  Dr Xavier Goodarzian, Dr Elisabeth Dancey, Vivienne Smith RGN and Pam Cushing RGN
Costs: From £650 for new users courses to £850 for advanced courses +VAT. Additional one-on-one mentoring is available for £500

Refreshments and amenities: Tea, coffee, water and juices in the training room for delegates to help themselves throughout the day as well as cakes, biscuits and pastries. Lunch is included and is held at the Dockgate4 restaurant when the courses take place in Southampton. A buffet lunch is provided at the Wigomre training facilities.  Morning and afternoon coffee breaks are also given

Maximum number of delegates per course: Innomed courses will include no more than eight delegates per class Open to: Doctors, nurses and dentists

Products used: Innomed courses do not favour specific products, delegates will get a chance to use a variety of different products and all products available are given an overview during the training. There is no product ‘sell’

Course literature: Delegates receive a pack with a copy of the training presentation, information on future courses and a copy of the latest Innomed newsletter as well as additional relevant handouts. A CD with template consultation forms and records is also given

Hands on training: Every delegate will have a chance to do practical work on a number of models during the afternoon of the course. Innomed provide plenty of models for the day but delegates are also welcome to bring their own models to practice on

CPD accreditation: Yes

Post Course Support: Innomed trainers offer free post training support to all its attendees via email and telephone. They also offering a mentoring service, at an additional cost, with nurse Vivienne Smith who will come to your clinic and do additional one-on-one training

What the delegates said: “I thought the course was fantastic. Dr Xavier was so good at explaining everything clearly and his presentation and accompanying notes were really useful. The theory was pitched at the right level, all the relevant anatomy was taught. The extra teaching he did on the board with clear diagrams and useful tips such as showing several different ways of doing a brow lift to achieve different results was the thing that really set his teaching apart from a previous fillers course I attended. There was a good supply of models provided for us and Dr Xavier made sure that each of us had enough practice before the end of the session.  Dr Xavier and his team were really professional and approachable. Oh and lunch at the restaurant was a nice touch!” Dr Amina Vandu-Chikolo

Contact details: 02380 676 733, www.innomedtraining.co.uk

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