JCCP and sk:n: championing regulation and patient safety in the aesthetics industry

sk:n is proud to have been a JCCP partner since 2016. Together we are striving for better patient safety and the development of strict, accredited regulations for the aesthetics industry, which sadly are not legally required at this point.

We are, as we always have been, exceptionally passionate about public safety, patient protection and education regarding the potential dangers of receiving treatment from non-medical practitioners. We will, in partnership with the JCCP, continue to strive for change, and our partnership is an exciting and critical step on our joint mission to educate and protect clients.

Darren Grassby, CEO, says: “Our clinics are centres of medical excellence, delivering the highest standards of ethics, practice and training. All of our aesthetic practitioners are highly qualified and operate within strict sk:n protocols, as well as all being registered with the GMC or NMC. The JCCP’s new consumer-facing site, JCCP and Me, signals the next phase of our on-going alliance in the fight to implement much-needed regulation to protect patients, practitioners, and the future of our industry.”

Professor David Sines, chairman of the JCCP commented “The JCCP has established a very positive relationship with sk:n over many years. The support from a leading player in the industry is invaluable for improving safety standards and we are very grateful to have the weight of their backing and expertise behind us.

We have concluded that in the interests of patient safety and public protection, high-risk and potentially harmful and invasive procedures, such as the injection of toxins, deep penetrative lasers, and the administration of dermal fillers should only be administered by appropriately trained healthcare professionals, and it is our mission to ensure this become a legal requirement by 2025.”

What safety policies do we have in place at sk:n?

After many long-awaited years, the UK government has announced the first steps they’ll take to help regulate the aesthetics industry and clamp down on ‘botched’ clinics. The amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill will see a mandated licensing law implemented for more invasive cosmetic treatments and it will be made an offence for someone to practice without a licence.

Ahead of the proposed legislation changes, sk:n already has strict medical standards in place to ensure only the highest quality of treatments are delivered in appropriate, clinical environments by highly trained, Medical Council registered aesthetic practitioners. We employ hundreds of consultants, doctors and nurse prescribers, all regulated by either the GMC, GDC or NMC.

As part of the amendment to the Health and Social Care Act, the JCCP has campaigned that aesthetic treatments can only be carried out by healthcare practitioners who have reached Level 7 in an appropriate clinical qualification – this is the equivalent of having a Masters Degree. sk:n aims to further develop all aesthetic nurses to Level 7 by the end of 2023 to be fully compliant as much as three years before it becomes a legal requirement.