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Aesthetic practice


Advice for nursing staff involved in aesthetic or cosmetic procedures.


Overview

Nurses can specialise in aesthetic practice, performing or assisting with a wide range of cosmetic procedures. If you work in aesthetics - or are considering it as part of your professional career - below is a list of useful resources:

Regulation

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.


Practicalities

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. The prescriber should also be educated as well as competent in the procedure and be practicing within their scope of practice.

Self-employment

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.

The Advertising Standards Authority has information about advertising Botox as there are specific rules to be followed: Botox - frequently asked questions.


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 - 29/12/2023