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Presentation highlights of the forthcoming annual conference

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing  | JULY 2017 | VOLUME 6 | NUMBER 6

As autumn draws closer, preparations continue for future educational events and opportunities for hands-on learning. Julie Brackenbury gives aesthetic nurses a taster of some of the speakers on the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses’ annual conference line-up and talks about the new shadowing programme for members, which the board envisages to be very popular.

The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) is preparing for its annual conference, which is expected to be fully booked once the programme is published. The cadaver course has been incredibly popular and has sold out.

Shadowing programme

In July, the BACN is launching its shadowing programme for members. This initiative has been designed by senior BACN members to cope with the increasing demand from less experienced members for hands-on training and advice from highly experienced practitioners. Members can now sign up to spend a day in the clinic of a BACN-approved mentor, observing a wide range of practitioners during consultations and procedures for an agreed fee.

The BACN has set a very high set of standards for the BACN members providing this service and will evaluate this pilot project after 6 months. Experienced members are encouraged to get involved and if interested should contact Sarah Greenan (01179 595530;


The BACN is excited about the line-up for this year’s conference. It will be held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on 15 and 16 September 2017. The below workshops comprise only some of the line-up and more will be announced.

Friday workshops

Vitamin A

Victoria Hiscock, product and education specialist for Alumier Laboratories, has been teaching advanced skincare to aesthetic practitioners and medical professionals for over a decade. In this specialised presentation, Hiscock will explain the multifaceted substrates, uses and measurements of vitamin A.

Definition and balancing of the lip

Lee Walker, clinical director at B City Clinics in Liverpool, will be doing a live demonstration using Teoxane dermal fillers. Walker qualified as a dental surgeon from Liverpool University and spent 15 years practising in the NHS and private sectors. He entered the field of aesthetics in 2002.

Hydrobalance and biorevitalisation

Aesthetic nurses Lorna Bowes and Anna Baker will lead a session on hydrobalance, biorevitalisation and the use of retinol peels. Lorna Bowes has trained numerous practitioners to administer aesthetic treatments, such as fillers, toxins and peels, in the UK and Europe. Anna Baker is a cosmetic and dermatology nurse practitioner based in London and Sussex.

Collagen stimulation

This live demonstration will form part of a neocollagenisis educational event, sponsored by Sinclair Pharma, discussing collagen stimulators. A key opinion leader on the Ellansé range of dermal fillers, Ian Strawford, will present the unique neocollagenesis properties of these products before doing a live demonstration to show how Ellansé can be used for full-face rejuvenation beyond what any existing HA fillers can offer.

Principles of laser and light and skin-tissue interactions

Following a first degree in photographic science, Elizabeth Raymond Brown completed her PhD at Loughborough University and was appointed as a lecturer in laser safety, responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and professional short course development. She now acts as an educational consultant for private training providers and has developed new level 4–7 qualifications in non-surgical cosmetic interventions to meet Health Education England’s recommendations.

Skin rejuvenation

We also have Church Pharmacy, HealthXChange and Maria Phillips presenting ‘Skin: how to get fantastic clinically proven results in your clinic’.

Saturday conference agenda

This agenda is yet to be finalised, but some of the topics will include anatomy and clinical photography. Tapan Patel will also be presenting and doing a live demonstration. We strongly advise to book your tickets now as the demand will be high.

Cadaver training

The BACN is delighted to announce that it will be working with the London Medical Education Academy to offer an educational cadaver dissection and anatomy course, led by leading specialist plastic surgeon, Taimur Shoaib. This will be exclusive to BACN members and will be an interactive training experience focused on practitioners and their specific needs, with a 1:2 cadaver to attendee ratio. The July course has now sold out, but we are waiting for further dates to be announced.

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