Response on The Apprentice Dr Leah

18th July 2013

The Apprentice final on 17 July showed that Dr Leah Totton wishes to launch a similar concept to sk:n clinics, however sk:n strongly disagree with Dr Leah’s approach to entering  the aesthetic industry.

sk:n ensures the highest level of clinical standards in all of the 35 nationwide clinics through monthly meetings of its Medical Standard’s Team (MST). Chaired by one of the UK’s leading consultant dermatologists, Dr Sean Lanigan MD FRCP DCH, its members number other consultant plastic surgeons, nurses, and the chief executive of sk:n.

The MST approves all treatments, products and equipment in terms of clinically proven efficacy and safety prior to adoption in clinic. This board writes and ensures adherence to medical protocols, and manages the reporting of all adverse events, no matter how minor.

Importantly, this board has overseen the recruitment of over 100 of the most experienced doctors using the highest criteria. The majority of these doctors are Consultant Dermatologists which typically requires ten years’ or more medical training and practice. sk:n also employ a high number of Consultant Plastic Surgeons and GPs with Specialist Interest in order to ensure all clinics have the highest amount of in-house relevant experience and skill.  Each and every clinic has a Medical Director, typically a Consultant Dermatologist, who works with the MST to ensure consistently high clinical governance in clinic.

Having only recently become medically qualified, sk:n clinics wish to express their concern that Dr Leah has very little experience in the aesthetics industry. Despite Dr Leah’s admirable call for greater regulation, which sk:n have been championing for over 20 years, the cosmetic industry should not be trivialised by offering delicate medical treatments by medical professionals that do not have adequate training and expertise.

sk:n clinics partner with the country’s leading authoritative and government bodies, and highly renowned suppliers to deliver the highest of standards, giving patients peace of mind that they are in safe hands.

Governed by the Care Quality Commission and the Independent Health Advisory Service ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ register and regularly work with the British Skin Foundation. sk:n clinics are also the first national network of clinics to be listed onto the ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ register.

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