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It recently came to the attention of The BACN (British Association of Cosmetic Nurses) that there are practitioners who have busy and successful clinics who claim to be nurses but are not, and never have been, registered with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council).
It concerns us that they have been trained and receive supplies and their qualifications have not been checked or challenged.
It is quite legal for anyone to administer non-surgical cosmetic treatments but it is illegal to claim to be a nurse, doctor or dentist when one is
These practitioners were reported to the NMC, who only deal with registrants and required the pin number, evidence and the home address in order to investigate.
They did advise that claiming falsely to be a nurse is fraud and that registered nurses have a professional duty to report this to the police.
This does raise a few concerns; it is patent that pin numbers are not being checked by trainers and suppliers, which offers little protection to members of the public who are not provided with pin numbers, so are unable to verify the qualifications of the practitioner.
The BACN checks the pin numbers of all members and it is presumed, so too do the BACD (for Doctors).
Whilst membership does not imply competency, it can at least guarantee the practitioner is registered and accountable to a statutory body.
Hopefully, this is not a widespread problem and going forward, all those in the industry will be more vigilant and act accordingly when concerns are raised.
Thanks to the author of this blog Emma Davies who is a Registered Nurse specialising in cosmetic medicine since 1998.
Aside from a busy clinical practice in Somerset, Emma has actively participated on a number of committees and boards contributing to standards and education in this specialist field.
She has contributed to a number of seminal documents including The BACN Standards of Competency for Nurses in Aesthetic Medicine, accredited by The RCN and referenced internationally.
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