05 May 2020

A roundup of the latest news and events from the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses


The BACN Board has submitted a response to the Consultation on the Regulation of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in Scotland and urges all members to do the same.

The Scottish Government has proposed new legislation for the aesthetics industry which could see non-medical practitioners requiring a licence in order to perform injectable treatments.

BACN members, along with other medical professionals in the specialty, do not agree that non-medics should be given a licence to practice so is urging medics to submit their opposition to the proposal to the Scottish Government by June 30.

BACN member Jackie Partridge, who has clinics in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, said, “We do NOT agree that non-medics (not qualified healthcare professionals) should be receiving ANY recognition or approval allowing them to put patients at risk, by injecting when they have no medical qualification. Therefore, we do NOT agree that these unqualified persons should be licensed, they should simply be stopped. Any form of license is, in itself, giving ‘approval’ that what they (non-medics) are doing is acceptable. We urge our fellow practitioners to complete this consultation and to stand up to this proposed idea.”


While the BACN is running with reduced staff at the moment, the team are doing everything they can to continue to support members. The Board is still working on the BACN competencies, as well as putting together a social media campaign to share positive messages with the specialty over the next few months. Look out for them on the BACN Instagram page: @bacnurses


The BACN conference will be moved from November this year to February 2021. More details will be released on this soon.

This column is written and supported by the BACN


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  • Mrs Tracey Wilson 06 May 2020 / 2:20 PM

    So the only medical training available in the UK is from the NHS? What do you imagine expensive aesthetics courses are for? Oh yes, clinical training to give us the skills and clinical awareness and safety measures to enable us to take care of our Patients. I sat final exams in Harley Street and paid as much as a Nursing degree in total costs, sat endless lectures on cross infection, pathogens, contra indications, underlying health conditions, anaphylaxis, necrosis, risk of sight loss, cell regeneration, bone structure, facial nerves, blood supply, learned all the muscles of the face and head, studied how all the products work in depth, then topped it all off with a skin science course only dermatologists would understand, plus a whole week of first aid, I am a trained phlebotomist and currently working as an embalming assistant, taking autopsied bodies apart, putting them back together and dressing up like a spaceman to treat the Covid19 cases! I was privately trained to safely remove ingrowing infected toenails from diabetics 20 years ago, nobody lost a toe/foot/leg on my watch, now suddenly I cannot perform part of the work I trained so long and hard for?? Who has the right to tell me there is something wrong with my knowledge. People are safer in my clinic than the Sister of one of my Staff who was admitted to an NHS hospital early yesterday, then starved of even water until this morning! I worked in Nursing homes for 9 years, whilst most nurses were good at their jobs, some were completely incompetent and even the visiting GP appalling and dangerous. Do not tar us all with the same brush. There are very safe/unsafe non medics and very unsafe/safe NHS staff too. Standards and safety are important but this attempt at a blanket ban is very, very unfair.

    Medics get very little aesthetic NON NHS training then nobody looking over their shoulder afterwards. Non medics get twenty times more training, then we have to work under medical supervision anyway. What about foreign doctors flying into the UK, treating people in hotels, flying away again then there is no way to review any of those treatments or get help if a problem arises, they are medics! What about members of the public treating themselves or each other, then requiring a trip to A & E? Non medics are automatically blamed because those people say ‘some woman came to my house and treated me.’ Medics running aesthetics clinics are not working under NHS rules in their private clinics either, the NHS is not paying them unless they are an NHS plastic surgeon! They require the same insurance as us. So there is more work to do, not just ‘all non medics must be dangerous’ and ‘all medics must be safer.’

  • Ms Stephanie Lawrence 06 May 2020 / 4:38 PM

    I fully support non medics, providing that they have acquired good quality training and have completed complications training.

    The problems are NOT limited to non-medics. There are good and bad on both sides.

    I have helped many medics and non-medics alike, due to many years in the aesthetics industry and I have found that a well trained therapist, is equally as competent as a Nurse.

    The main issue I see currently, is that there are far too many training academies that do not offer good quality training.

    Training should only be offered and insured for therapists who have taken regulated training at a full level 3 or above .