The importance of data collection in aesthetics to help influence regulatory change was the key message at the first JCCP Stakeholder Council Meeting in London on May 3.
Attending the meeting were representatives from all across the aesthetics specialty, including training providers, insurers, regulators, associations, press and other company representatives.
Former Bupa Group medical director and trained surgeon Mr Andrew Vallance Owen, chair of the JCCP Stakeholder Council, welcomed guests to the event. He stated that the purpose of the event was to bring different stakeholders from all areas of aesthetics together to provide them with the latest JCCP and Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) update and to engage with them and get feedback on their main concerns in the aesthetics specialty.
JCCP chair Professor David Sines explained the main purposes of the two parts of the JCCP practitioner register, as well as register for training providers. Together he and Owen also explained the role of the CPSA and the role of the Stakeholder Council.
They said that the Stakeholder Council was created by the JCCP Board of Trustees to provide the Board with advice, opinion, guidance and recommendations from a variety of informed perspectives. They also said that membership of the Stakeholder Council and its Steering Group are open and those interested in taking part should get in touch.
The event prompted several interesting discussions, with one being the high importance of collecting data to help bring about statutory regulation. Mr Vallance Owen stated, “We would all like regulation, but to do this we need the data. Over the next three years we are going to collect that data and we will be in a better position.”
Mr Vallance Owen stated after the event, “I think we managed to have a good range of people attend our first Stakeholder Council meeting and I am very pleased with the way the meeting went. We had a lot of constructive questions and comments which were very helpful.”
He added, “I think a lot of issues raised were ones that we were already aware of, but it’s good to have individual stakeholders tell us their issues and the real purpose of this is to encourage a real two-way engagement. It will hopefully enable us to get messages out, for example today we were very much promoting the importance of data protection because it’s going to be crucial if we are ever going to be taken more seriously or push for regulation then we have to have the data and be able to assess the risks and adjust the standards.”
Sharon Allen, business development executive at Enhance Insurance said she found the event very valuable. She explained, “I felt it was very important for me to attend this meeting as I need to ensure I am kept as fully informed as possible and I found it to be extremely useful. To have so many people attending from all aspects of the aesthetic industry and to hear their contributions was very beneficial. I have also volunteered to be on the Steering Group, so that I can continue to support the work of the JCCP. We need to ensure patient safety is paramount.”
Allen added, “I love the sheer determination and effort from the whole team to include all sectors in a combined effort to higher industry standards.”