Therapists respond to JCCP withdrawal

17 Aug 2018

A statement by the Association for Cosmetic Practitioners Britain (ACPB) has been released today in response to the recent Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners' (JCCP) announcement to only allow healthcare professionals onto Part 1 of the JCCP Practitioner Register.

Led by Maxine Hopley, the ACPB, which prior to today was known as The Association of Registered Aestheticians (ARA), aims to set standards for non-medics such as beauty therapists to perform injectable procedures like fillers and botulinum toxin.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the JCCP will only allow HCPs registered with Professional Statutory Regulated Bodies (PSRBs) to join the JCCP Practitioner Register to perform Level 7 injectables.

The ACPB was launched by Hopley, founder of training provider of Cosmetic Couture in Manchester and was officially registered as a not-for-profit organisation four years ago. According to the association, one of the triggers for the name change was last week’s news that the JCCP will not accredit non-medics to perform injectable procedures.

In her statement today, Hopley said, “While we believe the JCCP announcement is a step backwards, we are committed to exploring other ways to help regulate and police the industry that are publicly accountable and have public confidence.”

She added, “We absolutely agree with the JCCP that it is fundamental that all practitioners have the right skills, that they ensure that products used are clinically validated and appropriately licensed, and that patients get accurate information before deciding to undergo a cosmetic intervention – so that’s exactly what we are going to do.”

Hopley also stated that she believes that being a medical professional such as a nurse does not automatically mean they are as experienced or proficient as beauty therapists who have spent years working and training in aesthetics.

She said, “I have trained countless nurses and other medics and will continue to do so. Their training is so widespread, how can they be the same as us who have specialised for years and actually provide their training?” Hopley added, “We are here to represent the very best of our industry and show the public and other so-called regulators that we are as safe, if not safer and more experienced, than some medics.”

A number of aesthetic practitioner have voiced their support for the JCCP’s decision on social media over the past week.

Aesthetic nurse prescriber and Chair of the BACN Sharon Bennett said, “A sensible move to restrict Level 7 injectable procedures to regulated medical professionals only and stop the inclusion of beauty therapists who inject on this register.”

Aesthetic practitioner Dr Tim Pearce also stated on social media, “With very few therapists at Level 6 and no governing body to monitor therapists, I believe the JCCP sees that they are neither accountable in the same way as registered healthcare professionals nor as able to meet the standards set, and for this reason closed the register to them."

He added, “The impact of this on the personal level may be upsetting for the best therapists who want to prove they are safe and look after their clients. However, none of this is about the practitioners, it’s about a safer system for the public. The diagnosis and management of blocked arteries is not something a system should burden a non-medical person with.”

As Professor David Sines, chair of the JCCP recently told Aesthetics earlier this month, the Council’s decision to prevent practitioners such as therapists from entering the Practitioner Register for Level 7 injectables was a result of industry feedback.

He said, “Many healthcare professionals have agreed that injectables should only be administered by HCPs and have voiced their concerns. It is therefore as a result of this feedback and in the interests of public safety.”

To read more about the JCCP’s recent decision, click here.

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