The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitoners (JCCP) will not rely on luck in achieving its primary responsibility of patient safety, and it will hold practitioners to account.
The BACN has grown considerably since its inception and continues to do so, with new members joining daily. Despite this growth, the BACN’s principles, roles of supporter and enabler, and commitment to its members and insight into their needs is unchanged. The BACN can facilitate and direct this support not only for relatively new practitioners who feel the need to develop most keenly, but also for experienced ones. More than that, because of our close working relationships with the JCCP, universities and regulators, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, development should gain increasing credibility as standards begin to become more unified across the aesthetics sector.
As the national association for nurses specialising in cosmetic procedures, the BACN offer various facilities, from the steadily growing and increasingly successful annual conference, to the regional super-meetings and the closed Facebook page, to name just three. All of these things assist and enable members, but what probably stands out most in terms of BACN development opportunities are its competencies. This document, endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, sets out objectives to be achieved for a range of treatments at varying levels of experience. It permits the development of the aesthetic practitioner from competent, progressing towards expert.
There is nothing else like the BACN competencies in the field and they have already met with considerable success, having been used by universities and the JCCP alike to assist as a benchmark in developing educational standards. The BACN is now due to review this document, which is not a small undertaking. A revision will require the committee to look at both breadth (for instance new treatments) and depth, and will undoubtedly improve this document further. It is the development and use of tools like the competencies which ensures that position and, moreover, defines the BACN against any other group.
So, to answer the original question of whether aesthetic nurses should or should not be BACN members, the opportunities are there for new and experienced practitioners alike.