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General Medical Council Gets Tough on Cosmetic Proceedures

13rd April 2016

In response to the GMC's announcement that from the 1st June they will be bringing into effect new, tougher standards for doctors performing cosmetic proceedures, our Head of Medical Standards and Head of Training give their view on the new guidelines.

“In an industry that lacks government regulation, sk:n is delighted to see the new guidance the General Medical Council published on 12th April 2016, which comes into effect 1st June 2016. We are also in full support of the GMC’s launch of a patient guide and case studies to support this guidance which will allow patients the opportunity to make informed decisions about who they allow to perform their cosmetic treatments.
At sk:n we see many people attend our clinics who been to other establishments, have trusted a cosmetic practitioner to help them and then when things have gone wrong, because the practitioner was poorly trained or was performing the treatment in unsuitable premises, they have received no support or aftercare.  sk:n has always promoted good clinical practice in a safe, clinical environment with insured and properly trained practitioners. We recognise the need to constantly review our policies and procedures to provide gold standard levels of care and support.
sk:n has championed the recommendations made by Sir Bruce Keogh in his Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Surgery 2013, which addressed areas such as informed consent, redress in the event of harm and the ability of staff. The review highlighted major risks associated with cosmetic interventions when performed in unsafe premises by untrained practitioners.
sk:n is very proud to be a member of Treatments You Can Trust, which developed a set of best practise standards  for injectable treatments which cover the essential elements of medicine safety, infection control, education and training.
I would recommend anyone seeking an injectable treatment to visit a clinic that is registered with TYCT who will have been independently assessed and been found to comply with the standards for these types of treatments.
Lisa Mason, Head of Medical Standards, sk:n
“In a largely unregulated industry we are delighted to see the new guidance the GMC has published today.  In response to the new guidance Ben Gummer, parliamentary under-secretary for quality at the Department of Health commented ‘anyone who chooses to have a cosmetic procedure should expect to have high-quality and safe clinical care.’  At Mapperley Park Training Academy we believe that you can only achieve this through quality training.    It is the decision of each individual practitioner to commit to training.  With such an array of training providers offering a wide variety of courses, it is really important that practitioners of all levels choose a training provider which is reputable, has an experienced team and delivers courses which are of the highest quality and standards. Mapperley Park Training Academy has over two decades of experience and our training is delivered by Doctors, Nurses and industry experts covering all aspects of aesthetic practice.  We are proud to deliver a whole suite of accredited qualifications, therefore welcome any Government guidelines that amplify the distinction between good quality and poor quality training within our sector”.  
Glenda Bailye-Bray – Head of Training, Mapperley Park Training Academy 

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