Doctors and Patients Call for Specialist Accreditation for Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
London – 14 September, 2014 – The recent Government review into the cosmetic surgery sector concluded that practitioners performing aesthetic treatments must undergo ‘appropriate’ training, and new educational standards are due to be published imminently for these procedures.
But what exactly does the profession – surgeons, doctors and nurses – and just as importantly, the public, expect ‘appropriate’ means?
Britain’s largest conference bringing together experts from the reconstructive, cosmetic and non-surgical worlds today unveils the results of incisive new research polling both clinicians and members of the public. The Clinical Cosmetic and Reconstructive Expo (www.ccr-expo.com); taking place this October at London’s Olympia; surveyed well over 500 surgeons, doctors and nurses and commissioned independent company OnePoll to quiz 2,000 women – who make over 90% of patients – on their views regarding minimum qualifications for aesthetic practitioners.
Although one-day and weekend courses are currently the most prevalent educational programmes for facial injectable treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox, almost universally (by public and profession) they were judged inadequate.
Across the board, it was agreed that simply being a clinician (even a doctor or surgeon) was not enough to perform these procedures competently. Close to a third (29%) of the medical community felt a three-month specialist course would be adequate, and in fact the public (27%) felt at least six months should be required for them to feel confident in undergoing treatment. Only one in five (18%) women considered three months to be sufficient.
Lasers and Non-Surgical Lipo
Three months was also overwhelmingly (36%) felt by the profession to be an adequate training period to be able to provide laser procedures such as for acne, skin rejuvenation and hair removal. Opinion however was divided among clinicians on non-surgical lipo (such as radiofrequency or fat-freezing): just under a third (31%) deemed a weekend to be plenty, but 29% digging their heels on a three-month minimum.
A whopping three quarters (74%) of women felt that a procedure-specific credential (for example for nose jobs, eyelid surgery or facelifts) would increase their level of confidence in undergoing surgery – even by plastic surgeons. The profession, by and large, could see the point: over a third (34%) emphatically agreed, asserting this would prevent ‘Jacks of all trades’, and a similar proportion (36%) felt additional accreditation would possibly be of most benefit to newly-qualified consultants.
In fact, the profession overwhelmingly (48%) felt newly-qualified consultants were not competent enough to perform cosmetic surgery procedures in the private sector (less than 7% felt NHS training was sufficient).
Despite the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt’s call for all cosmetic surgery to be banned on the NHS, a huge proportion (40%) of the profession felt this was not a black-and-white issue and well over a third (35%) felt that generalising in this manner could be dangerous and leave patients vulnerable.
Those who can, stitch
Overwhelmingly, the profession agreed that professional associations such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) and the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) should be responsible for delivering training for these procedures. Less than 3% felt it was the Government’s remit and less than 4% felt it should be private hospitals and clinics. One in five (20%) suggested a combination of the private sector and NHS.
Norman Waterhouse is a consultant plastic surgeon and Chairman of CCR Expo’s Medical Advisory Board. He has previously been Specialist Tutor in Aesthetic Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is also former President of the BAAPS. He says;
“The issue of suitable training in aesthetic surgery is difficult and complex. It is essential that practitioners restrict themselves to procedures with which they are trained and familiar and as the survey shows patients expect no less. Within the medical profession there have been a number of initiatives to try and provide more training opportunities and indeed to try to streamline and unify aesthetic surgery training across the various disciplines. The issue of training in aesthetic surgery continues to be challenging but it is something in which we all must be fully engaged."
According to Chief Executive Officer of CCR Expo Peter Jones;
“Our trade expo in Olympia is the ideal destination for clinicians to explore the latest advances in the sector – our show has grown exponentially this year and we look forward to showcasing the most cutting-edge technologies and techniques from the reconstructive, aesthetic and non-surgical arenas. Debates such as this are vital and they wouldn’t happen if we didn’t bring everyone together.”
Attending CCR Expo provides clinicians with continuing medical education credits (CPD points), and this year in partnership with the Plastic Surgery Trainees’ Association (PLASTA) the event will be offering a ‘Surgical Training Dome’, an interactive exhibition allowing for participation in especially-designed ‘pods’ tackling some of the most relevant skills required in a surgical career such as suturing, injecting and live mark-up.
About the Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo
The Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive (CCR) Expo is a groundbreaking business-to-business event that will bring the international surgical and non-surgical community together under one roof. The expo runs from 10-11 October 2014 at London, Olympia and will showcase over 120 international exhibitors: from cutting edge surgical equipment and supplies through to non-invasive products, business services, training and consultancy.
There will be 14 days of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content, including workshops, conferences and live demonstration theatres, packed into an exciting two-day event. Clinical Cosmetic & Reconstructive Expo is organised by NINETEEN EVENTS, whose management team has a solid track record of organising large-scale international award winning shows.
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