CTIA rapped by DWP for claiming government funding for beauty therapist injectable training

Posted on the 03 September 2012 at 13:42

An organisation set up to campaign for inclusion of beauty therapists in the lucrative facial aesthetics marketplace has been reprimanded for claiming government backing for its cosmetic injectable training courses aimed at beauty therapists.

Back in March 2011 we highlighted the issue of who should and shouldn’t be injecting Botulinum Toxins (Botox) and dermal fillers in our blog and the launch of the Cosmetic Treatments and Injectables Association (CTIA) run by Molly Hanson-Steel to represent Beauty Therapists involved in the facial aesthetics marketplace. CTIA openly set out to challenge the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) and its Treatments You Can Trust Register which excludes practitioners who aren’t doctors, dentists or registered nurses from its government backed quality assurance accreditation scheme for cosmetic injectable providers.

TYCT, along with other industry organisations has long campaigned that Beauty Therapists simply don’t have the qualifications and medical skills needed to safely carry out these treatments on the public.

It was therefore viewed with some shock when the industry saw July’s edition of Professional Beauty magazine which featured an article entitled ‘CTIA Secures Government Funding for Aesthetics Training’. The piece related to the CTIA and claimed that the organisation had secured funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for experienced therapists who were looking to boost their qualifications by undertaking training (via CTIA) in cosmetic injectables to help them to re-enter the world of work following redundancy or career breaks.

The article went on to explain how DWP funding was available for courses, through CTIA, in dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections, as well as chemical peels and dermarollering (medical skin needling) with full course fee funding (available through Jobcentre Plus) for therapists or medical professionals who have the suitable qualifications and experience and are either unemployed or on a low income, to be awarded on a case by case basis. It claimed that CTIA is the approved training provider for anyone looking to secure DWP finding to train in aesthetics via the scheme and has the exclusive contract for the next 12 months.

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As well as coverage via this article, CTIA took every opportunity to shout about this fact both via their own website and in advertisements which they ran in publications such as Professional Beauty declaring “Now DWP Government Funded and Backed”.

Treatments You Can Trust raised concerns about these claims, along with the issues relating to beauty therapists training in and administering cosmetic injectables direct with the DWP and Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform.

Following an investigation he responded to Baroness Morris, the Chair of the www.treatmentsyoucantrust.org.uk Governance Group on 31st July.

In his response, he noted;

“It appears that a single purchase of the course from the Cosmetic Treatments Injectables Association was made by a Jobcentre Plus Direct using a flexible fund that allows low value discretionary funding for training that will lead directly to a job. In this case the customer had a job offer that was subject to her undertaking this training.”

He went on to say; “It is unlikely that Jobcentre Plus would have previously been aware of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) guidelines on this training but following the query from the IHAS and your correspondence, we have taken steps to guarantee that Jobcentre Plus purchases of training are restricted in line with these guidelines. We have amended the Jobcentre Plus guidance with specific reference to this type of training, clarifying that only doctors, dentists and registered nurses should be permitted to apply for funding for this type of training.”

In relation to the specific claims on the CTIA website and advertising about being ‘backed’ by government, Lord Freud said; “Despite requests from the DWP, the organisation (CTIA) has failed to remove their strapline from fresh advertisements suggesting endorsement from DWP. The organisation had remained on our procurement register as a provider of other non-contentious training course. In view of their continued use of the strapline, however, we have concluded that they are in breach of their contractual terms and conditions with DWP and have now removed them from our procurement register.
Sally Taber, Head of IHAS declared this result as “great news”, and many within the industry would agree with her on this victory in the fight for patient safety within the aesthetic industry.

With Sir Bruce Keogh embarking on a full scale review of the industry looking at everything from product and practitioner regulation it’s no doubt that the topic of beauty therapists and cosmetic injectables will come up in discussions. We hope some action will be taken to recommend to government, once and for all, restrictions on the provisions of these products and services to the public.

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Has anyone seen the new association for beauty therapists?! The AAIC (association of aesthetic injectables and cosmetic lasers) seem to be up and coming and apparently using Doctors and dentists who are registered with the Treatments you can trust?

Their training company is based in Grantham and chairman Chris Wade is former member of the CTIA. Endorsing his own training under Uk Holistics.

Has anyone heard of them?

Lorna Shey

Thank you very much for the heads up. I had not heard of this group but I will certainly be investigating further. Seems this is their website.

Lorna Jackson | http://www.consultingroom.com

I've just looked at this association aaic and found the director of the new association you mention: http://www.loveheals.co.uk/philosophy.htm.

Julie Mead

Yes I have seen the new AAIC and this is a fabulous thing keeping the doors open. I am glad that Beauty Therapist with NVQ 3 and electrolysis, can do such courses as described above. Not everyone wants to be a Doctor or Nurse but I do wonder what your views would be on the clinically trained Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Chiropractor, Osteopath? I remember when Chinese medicine was short courses and diploma now is a degree in Britain.

This is there training place and it is as upmarket an plus as any Harley Street practice.


If you reason that we are not suitable as in clinical trained, then you should create courses such as Aesthetic Practitioner to ensure we meet your exalting standards. Change is good and refreshing,there were rumbles in the Jungle when the Nursing Practitioners role were created some of the american doctors comments about their clinically qualified colleague were laughable and disgraceful, I wondered how some of these persons had ever qualified they seem so limited in intelligence, very small minded, but things went ahead because nurses are paid less, so it came down to money and money talks.

The Medical and educational establishment should work with those in the Beauty Industry it would be beneficial for both outside of being Surgeon, or those in Gynecology and Obstetric, gastroenterology we are much more hand on. I actually will do the work myself rather than have someone else do it for me, like quite a few dentist who do the consultation, and hire Nurses to do the work. Still, something I find the more clinical trained and a the greater ability to fill their competencies within the medical profession, the more removed they are, there seems to be constant complaints about poor communications of some doctors and Nurses and standard of care delivered, maybe this is what you should be focused on instead.