Enhancing the visibility and supporting the development of aesthetic nurses by Brackenbury, J
Journal of Aesthetic Nursing | Vol 5 | No 4 | May 2016 | pp 198–198
Following the start of a new membership year for the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses, the board continues to make plans for the future and is launching additional services. In this month’s column, Julie Brackenbury outlines the updated requirements for joining, introduces the Practitioner Finder, and discusses the association’s affiliation with a specialist nursing group in Ireland
The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) entered into its new membership year on 1 April 2016, with record numbers rejoining and a steady flow of new members. Practitioners are now able to join as a full member without having to hold a prescribing qualification. However, the BACN does advocate that those wishing to be members should attain at least 3 years of postgraduate general adult nursing experience before embarking on a career in aesthetic nursing. The rationale behind this is that practitioners can further develop the skills they have already attained in general nursing after qualifying, and bring firm foundations of nursing practice into the medical aesthetic arena.
The BACN has recently launched its Practitioner Finder, which has been designed to enable any member of the public to identify if there is a member of the BACN practising in their area. This service is beneficial for both practitioners and those members of the public who are seeking non-surgical aesthetic advice and/or treatments.
The increasing popularity of aesthetic nursing as a career has seen the BACN receive a large number of enquiries from nurses looking for more information, training and support. This year, the BACN will be working with its partners to offer additional support.
The BACN has just completed its 11 city road shows on revalidation, briefing its members on all aspects of revalidation and getting them to sign up to the BACN revalidation register. This has been amazingly successful, with over 110 BACN members now able to carry out the role of confirmer and to undertake the ‘reflective discussion’ element of the process for other BACN members free of charge.
There is great news on the international front as the BACN signs up its first international affiliated association—Dermatology and Aesthetic Nurses Association Ireland (DANAI, www.danai.ie). DANAI was set up in early 2015 by its members, for its members. Discussions about joint collaboration took place over the past year and an agreement has now been reached. DANAI will receive a number of benefits by becoming affiliated with the BACN, and the associations will work together on regulation issues in Ireland, where the situation is very different to that in the UK.
This year promises to be a significant one with regulation afoot and the development of the new Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP). The BACN and British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) have signed an agreement to develop a regulatory body for the non-surgical sector in England over the next 12 months. The BACN and BCAM membership represents the vast majority of medical professionals carrying out cosmetic medicine treatments. This is a critical development and has received the support of the Department of Health and Health Education England.