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Aesthetic practice

Advice for nursing staff involved in aesthetic or cosmetic procedures.


Many nurses choose to specialise in aesthetic practice, performing or assisting with a wide range of cosmetic procedures. If you work in aesthetics – or considering it as the next stage in your career – below is a list of useful resources:


Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) – maintains a voluntary register of practitioners and education/training providers. The JCCP have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which sets out information sharing and referral arrangements to help promote good practice and patient safety in this area.

Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority (CSPA) - sets practice standards for the non-surgical sector and collects data on adverse incidents and complications.


Medicines management

Please note: remote prescribing is not allowed in aesthetic practice. The prescriber must assess the person they are prescribing for themselves. Likewise, the product prescribed can only be used for the person it is prescribed for.


Advanced Practice Standards

Please note that the RCN indemnity scheme excludes aesthetic practice – so members practising in this field will need to source professional indemnity cover separately.

Specialist networks

British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN)

RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner Forum

RCN Public Health Forum

RCN Infection Prevention and Control Network

Professional practice

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Page last updated - 27/09/2019