Following its announcement to support the reopening of medical aesthetic clinics, the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has further clarified what it considers to be an appropriate premises or clinic to deliver medically-related aesthetic treatments.
This is following the confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care that its supports the JCCP’s currently published guidance for reopening for medically-related aesthetic treatments.
The JCCP listed a number of circumstances required for regulated healthcare professionals to be able to reopen, with one being ‘undertake the treatment from clinical rather than beauty premises’, which left some aesthetic practitioners unsure of how they demonstrate that they are a medical clinic.
Andrew Rankin, trustee of the JCCP board and co-chair of the JCCP practitioner committee, said, “Practitioners registered with CQC, or working within CQC registered premises, would meet the requirements for ‘clinical’ premises. In the absence of CQC registration, practitioners should look towards the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approved registers.”
He continued, “All PSA approved registers, including the JCCP, have premises standards to which members are obliged and which would meet these requirements. Members of these registers would automatically meet the standard and would be in possession of the evidence, should it be required. For practitioners who are not members of a register, they can still access the standards and self-assess against them. They would need to ensure that they keep the evidence of this self-assessment.”
Rankin added that in this way, not only can practitioners be confident that they meet both legal requirements and those of their regulatory body, but there is a positive outcome for patient safety too.