The very first group of practitioners studying to get their Postgraduate Diploma Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice at Northumbria University have graduated.
The graduates include nurse prescribers Sharon Bennett, Denise Dunning, Rachel Goddard, Jacqueline Hall, Sharon King, Linda Mather, Lindsey McEnroe, Jacqueline Naeini, Jackie Partridge and Simone Sansom.
This one-year postgraduate certificate programme is designed for UK registered nurses, doctors and dentists and is a mixture of e-learning, face to face and practice-based learning.
Bennett, who is also chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses, said following her graduation, “I am thrilled. The huge workload on top of our normal day-to-day clinic work and commitments was difficult; however, to gain this recorded university qualification is incredibly fulfilling. The course itself has made me look more deeply at my, already good, knowledge base. The academic work required was demanding, but hugely satisfying.”
She added that she encourages other practitioners to follow suit and gain formal training. “I took the decision to take a university course in cosmetic practice rather than any other type of course because I knew the Nursing and Midwifery Council had approved it and that an actual MSc qualification would be the ultimate I could achieve. Achieving this means I am an accredited cosmetic practice mentor at level 7. The future, I’m sure, will be geared to higher education institutions and formal qualifications, rather than the quick courses, in a bid to secure the position of a qualified and specialist practitioner,” she said.