In The Life Of: Sharon Bennett

By Ellie Holden / 28 Sep 2021

The BACN chair and clinic owner gives us an insight into her busy working schedule

My morning begins with…

A cup of Yorkshire tea! It’s my first drink of the day and it sets me up for a busy schedule. I’m not a morning person at all, as I tend to go to sleep late in the evenings.

My alarm is usually set for 7:45am and once I’m awake I like to spend 20 minutes sitting in bed and catching up on emails, messages, social media, and reply to anything before I get up. If I have time, I will make poached eggs or oats, but if not, I will eat some fruit in the car on the way to the clinic. My first patient is generally booked in for 10am and I usually get to the clinic for five to 10! It’s a 30-minute drive from my home to my clinic Harrogate Aesthetics, and I should leave earlier, anticipating a tractor or roadworks, but I don’t! Before I arrive, my staff will get the patient notes ready (which I will have looked at the night before) and the room prepped. I’m able to get changed and start treating patients as soon as I walk through the door.

My working day focuses on facial treatments…

At the clinic, we have five staff members and a medical facialist who performs all the machine-based treatments including HIFU, radiofrequency and skin peels. I mainly perform dermal fillers and botulinum toxin treatments throughout my day. I tend to dedicate an hour to full-face dermal filler treatments and 30 minutes to toxin patients. We can perform toxin treatments quicker, but I believe your patients deserve your time and treatments should not be rushed, so I like to spend longer to deliver the best possible care. I usually have five minutes at the end of each treatment to update medical records and not rush into treating the next patient. I tend to have a 30-minute lunch break slotted in the day but if it is very busy I’m happy to squeeze in patients during this time.

On average, I will treat around 12 patients a day and usually finish at 6pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my late nights when I work until 8pm, which allows me to see patients who cannot get to me during the day. As well as seeing patients at my Harrogate clinic, I also treat in London and will get the train down the night before, complete a day’s work and then travel back late in the evening.

Finding time for other work commitments…

I teach for Galderma which involves training on advanced injectables and am a member of many nurse faculties. I have recently become the lead for the nurse Clinical Advisory Group for Prollenium. I also sit on the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Clinical Advisory Group, and work with, and represent nurses, on the British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee on their aesthetic standards which is ongoing work. I’m chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and we have general and work meetings on Mondays. I talk to my colleagues on the way to the clinic and handle messages and emails from members which the administrative team are unable to answer, due to them being too technical or medical. I dovetail BACN into evenings and weekends. Larger work pieces, such as the new Code of Conduct which was recently published, or writing responses to the JCCP, usually take more time and I need to shut myself away for a few hours in the evening and not be interrupted. I tend to work until 12:30am when it is the quietest in the house.

Memorable days in my career…

Looking back, bringing Restylane into the UK is up there. It’s 25 years ago exactly and we’ve just filmed the Restylane anniversary campaign video. Winning the Aesthetics Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement in Medical Aesthetics was also amazing. I was greatly honoured, especially as many other practitioners were worthy of it, but it was so memorable and exciting!

The BACN reaching 1,000 members in April was also a wonderful moment. With the organisation being in a difficult position last year due to the pandemic, reaching this landmark was such an achievement. The staff worked so hard and to have achieved this from September onwards was great. We really hope to keep progressing in numbers in the future and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead next for the BACN! Finally, every day I have a patient who is happy with my work is memorable at that moment in time. It’s what makes me carry on!

Favourite treatment to perform…

Full face dermal filler rejuvenation. I love seeing the transformation from a tired, sagging face into a brighter and more sculpted appearance!

In my spare time…

I love cooking! My favourite chef is Yotam Ottolenghi, who cooks Middle Eastern food. His recipes are so vibrant, healthy, and delicious.

Anything I would change about my working routine…

I would reduce my hours in clinic to give myself more personal time. I hope to establish a better work/life balance in the future but when you enjoy your job, it's difficult to do.!

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