Aesthetic practitioner Dr Sophie Shotter held a free, CPD-accredited training day for NHS professionals, providing instructions on treating and referring patients with aesthetic complications.
Aesthetic Complications for NHS Professionals was held on February 25 at the Royal Society of Medicine, welcoming NHS staff to expand their knowledge. According to Dr Shotter, she was inspired to establish the event after complications patients referred from NHS hospitals reported that staff lacked understanding and sometimes even empathy regarding adverse events.
The day included insights from a range of top aesthetic practitioners, all of whom were keen to share their knowledge for this cause. Speakers included Dr Shotter, Mr James Olding, Dr Manav Bawa, Dr Jennifer Owens, Dr Steven Land, Dr Catherine Fairris, Dr Nestor Demosthenous and Miss Nora Nugent, covering topics such as toxin complications, filler-related infections and surgical tourism.
Dr Shotter commented, “We are all too aware of the lack of regulation in the aesthetic sector, something which is hopefully changing. But at present, if people have had treatments from un-qualified or under-qualified practitioners and they then develop complications, they will naturally turn to the NHS for help. An understanding of who our patients are and their motivations, how to manage these problems acutely and who to refer onto will hopefully improve help available for victims of these procedures.”