The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) has confirmed that they will be implementing a new Specialist Nurse Competences Project.
The project will be overseen by the newly formed Education and Training Committee led by aesthetic nurses prescribers Anna Baker and Mel Recchia, both of whom are BACN Board members.
The organisation explains that the aim of this is ‘to establish a clear education, training and competency-based framework for establishment of levels of the Specialist Aesthetic Nurse in the UK’.
The framework will be divided into five categories based on the member’s experience; novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient and expert. It will aim to advise and agree on eligibility, levels of support, criteria for support, supported activities and management.
Paul Burgess, CEO of the BACN explains that the next steps are to prepare and agree on a draft competency framework, discuss with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and implement this into the aesthetic nursing specialty, all of which will start in January 2019.
Sharon Bennett, BACN chair said, “For many years the BACN has been promoting the idea of the ‘Specialist Aesthetic Nurse’. We made a great start with the publication of the ‘Competency Framework for Nurses’ some years ago. Now, we need to update this and relate it to all the new frameworks of standards that are now in place. We have received overwhelming support for this from our members.”