Stay Ahead of the Curve: New Legislations for Aesthetics 2023


The world of aesthetic medicine in England is on the brink of transformation with changes coming into force that will affect practitioners across the country. The UK Government has initiated a pivotal consultation aimed at enhancing the safety and regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Recent years have witnessed an alarming increase in reports of 'botched' procedures, leaving patients dissatisfied and often physically and emotionally scarred. The pressing need for safer, more regulated practices within the sector is clear, and the government is stepping in to address these concerns.

This development offers doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses a unique, time-sensitive chance to stay at the forefront and safeguard their businesses, considering the proposed requirement for healthcare professionals to have their premises certified - all before the new regulations for aesthetics come into effect.

In this blog, we delve into the details of the proposed regulations and explore how you can seize this opportunity to enhance your skills, ensure compliance with future laws, and ultimately, thrive in the evolving landscape of aesthetic medicine.

What is being proposed at this stage?

The scheme focuses on 'cosmetic procedures,' defined as non-surgical or dental treatments for cosmetic purposes and these encompass:

  • Injection of substances
  • Application of substances penetrating the epidermis
  • Needles inserted into the skin
  • Threads placed under the skin
  • Application of light, electricity, cold, or heat

Procedures are categorised by risk:

Green (Low Risk): Practitioners meeting agreed standards can perform these without additional oversight. Includes micro needling, mesotherapy, IPL/LED therapies, and more.

Amber (Medium Risk): Non-healthcare professionals need licensing and oversight by qualified healthcare professionals. Qualified healthcare professionals can perform without oversight. Procedures include botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, and more.

Red (High Risk): Reserved for specified regulated healthcare professionals, regulated by CQC. Not part of local authority licensing. Includes thread lifting, hair restoration surgery, and more.

Your Path to Success

The forthcoming legislation has yet to establish specific qualification requirements for individuals involved in non-surgical procedures. However, it is of utmost importance that healthcare professionals ensure compliance with these impending regulations. Our courses
are designed to assist you and empower you with the knowledge and expertise required to not only meet these upcoming legislative requirements but also excel in your career.

Combined Certificate in Cosmetic & Aesthetic Medicine with Assessment of Injectable Practice: If you’re looking to complete a more in-depth course and advance your knowledge and skills in cosmetic medicine then this is the course for you. This JCCP-approved programme is designed for those without a Level 7 qualification and limited experience. It provides you with a solid foundation to build your expertise and ensure compliance with future regulations.

Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Fast Track Assessment (FTA): Tailored for practitioners with at least 3 years of experience and conducting a minimum of 25 Botox and 25 facial filler procedures annually. This course is your ticket to enhancing your skills and reputation in the industry. Learna is the only approved educational provider to deliver the JCCP FTA and continues to support the promotion of enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine.

Unlike most aesthetic medicine courses, our programmes are university-validated. This means that you graduate with an internationally recognised qualification from an established higher education institution. Our cosmetic courses are validated by the University of South Wales, a modern, industry-focused University, rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020. They examine every element of the courses we deliver with them to ensure the quality of content, teaching, and research meets the highest academic standards. Only then will they give their stamp of approval. Our expertise in online learning combined with the academic excellence of our university partners means you are getting the best experience possible.

Plus, our courses have also received a great deal of recognition! We were awarded Highly Commended in the 'Independent Training Provider of the Year' Category at the Aesthetics Awards 2022. It is an incredible achievement to have our online cosmetic courses recognised in this way because the awards honour the best and most prestigious in the aesthetic industry.

We're certainly not just another training provider but your bridge to a safer, brighter future in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine. Our programmes are created and delivered by industry experts, ensuring you receive the highest quality education and who are dedicated to your success!

Additionally, failing to heed the legislation isn't just a matter of paperwork; it's a threat to your business due to non-compliance could have far-reaching consequences for your career, your income, and the patients who rely on your services. People and businesses are also being invited to share their views on how to make non-surgical cosmetic procedures – including Botox, laser hair removal and dermal fillers – safer. We strongly encourage anyone who has an interest in this field to share their views by taking part in the survey.

By actively engaging with and following the legislation, you're not just protecting your business – you're strengthening it. Compliant practices also inspire trust and confidence in your patients, setting you apart as a healthcare professional dedicated to their well-being.

We really don't want the changing landscape of aesthetic medicine to catch you off guard - so act now and embrace the future, enhance your skills, and ensure the safety and satisfaction of your patients when you join us.

To find out more information, visit our cosmetic medicine course page and select the drop-down option under key facts for the programme you want.