On September 15-16, the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) held its Autumn Aesthetic Conference at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham.
The two-day conference was opened by BACN CEO Sir Paul Burgess and BACN Chair aesthetic nurse prescriber Sharon Bennett, who introduced the agenda of CPD-accredited clinical and business talks.
Bennett said, “The BACN Autumn Aesthetic Conference is about understanding our chosen specialty more deeply, looking at issues that relate specifically to it, applying new-found learning into our practice, sharing our expert knowledge with each other and promoting the professionalism and position of specialist aesthetic nurses to a wide audience.”
On the first day, the content on offer included live demonstrations from oculoplastic surgeon Miss Elizabeth Hawkes, aesthetic practitioners Dr Nina Bal and Dr Emily Mehta, nurse prescriber Lou Sommereux, as well as further talks from psychologist Kimberley Cairns, aesthetic nurses Julie Scott and Lorna Bowes and more.
The day finished with a networking drinks reception for approximately 300 delegates, topped off with a fun photo booth sponsored by Aesthetics and CCR.
The second day brought content from nurse practitioner Karen Burgess speaking on skincare, pharmacist Gillian Murray on medicines in aesthetics and nurse prescriber Tracey Jones on registration with healthcare regulators, as well as a live injection demonstration from plastic surgeon Miss Priya Chadha.
BACN operations and communications manager Gareth Lewis said, “It has been brilliant to get back together after a number of years apart, and this is now our biggest conference to date held over two days! We have a wide agenda full of nurse speakers and live demonstrations, which is everything that the nurses love.”
He continued, “We’re really keen on providing a platform for nurse speakers to get on stage, so it’s exciting that more than 70% of our speakers are nurses. Networking is also extremely important for nurses because they work in isolation, so it’s so important to hold events like the BACN Autumn Aesthetic Conference to get together.”