Aesthetic training provider Harley Academy has become the first in the industry to offer Level 7 Ofqual regulated postgraduate qualification in cosmetic injectables.
The launch of the Harley Academy Level 7 Qualification in Injectables course follows the recommendations released by Health Education England in November 2015 on the qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures.
In regards to botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments, the reported stated, “No treatments are able to be delivered until practitioners have successfully completed a qualification at level 7 (postgraduate level), at which point they would only be able to practise with clinical oversight.”
According to the founding director of Harley Academy, Dr Tristan Mehta, until now, there have been no professional training courses available that provide more than a weekend or day of training. He said, "We have been working towards achieving the first Level 7 Ofqual-regulated qualification in aesthetics for more than 18 months. This is a very important moment for our specialty and we hope that this higher standard of education will propagate throughout practitioners and ultimately lead to improved patient safety."
To enter the course, practitioners must have a Level 6 (undergraduate) degree in medicine, nursing, midwifery, density or pharmacy and have a valid GMC, NMC, GDC or GPhC number. The programme also provides an online learning platform at a postgraduate degree level allowing practitioners to train anywhere in the world.
Harley Street cosmetic physician and clinical lead at Harley Academy, Dr Tapan Patel, said, “I request that delegates on my advanced courses complete the postgraduate curriculum before they train with me.”
Upon completing the course, graduates will have received extensive training and knowledge in both the theoretical and practical sides of botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments.