About The BACN
The primary and largest Membership Association in Cosmetic Medicine
The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses was established in 2010 following restructuring at The Royal College of Nursing which left us without a specialist forum group. It is a ‘not for profit’ association with an elected Board and Regional Group Leaders.
The Association have been awarded 3 consecutive times by The Cosmetic Industry Awards ‘Association of The Year’ – 2011 and 2012 and 2013. This in acknowledgement of our many achievements and the contribution our members have made to this field of practice.
From a small start in 2010 we have grown to a membership of 600+ members, all nurses with a passion for what they do and a desire to be part of a specialist community, working together with common goals.
- Members are kept well informed, are supported by their peers, have access to continuing professional development and are encouraged to participate on special projects for the benefit of all.
- We work together at highest level in policy-making – BACN expert advisers with professional organisations, including BSI and the Government-appointed Health Education England and other professional medical bodies and organisations.
- Our Cosmetic Nurse competencies are Royal College of Nursing accredited.
- We provide specialist level advice on best practice in Cosmetic treatments.
- We support the specialist nurse with educational frameworks, competencies, training and support which enables them to offer a professional service to people seeking a cosmetic treatment.
About The BAS
Foam sclerotherapy as an acceptable alternative to surgery for varicose veins is growing in popularity in the UK and it is likely that, as in the rest of the world individuals with a particular interest in venous disease will emerge as a distinct group. Phlebologists come from a diverse background including vascular, dermatology, general surgery, nursing etc and may be working closely with vascular technologists or may develop these skills themselves.
To date there are no set standards of training/professional development or practice. Although 50 % of the population suffer from unsightly thread veins there is no treatment available on the NHS and G.P’s have little knowledge of this treatment and cannot refer patients with any confidence because of the lack of established standards.
Members abide by a code of conduct and have access to continuing professional development through annual meetings and regular e-newsletters, mentoring and networking.
The membership is represented and supported by a body of experts whose role is to establish consensus on best practice and inform and educate members, the public and allied health professionals to ensure high standards of treatment are available and accessible. The board meets regularly to address issues of relevance and or concern to members and represents members to all stakeholders.
About Save Face
We think anyone considering having a non-surgical treatment should be fully informed so that they are empowered to make the right decisions. Save Face provides a safe, impartial and accessible service to ensure that when you choose to have a treatment, selecting a practitioner is safe and easy.
Our user-friendly and multifaceted search engine allows you to search, compare and rate Save Face Accredited Practitioners. Our commitment to connecting you with a practitioner that is safe, credible and above all qualified extends far beyond a paper based accreditation process. We are the only scheme to visit each and every one of our accredited practitioners, and premises to ensure that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment. To do this we only use Nurses who have the clinical experience and training to thoroughly assess every Save Face accredited practitioner against a comprehensive set of objective standards, on your behalf.
No treatment is risk free but Save Face takes every possible precaution to protect you from the risks associated with selecting an unqualified practitioner operating from unsafe premises.
Being a member of Save Face means that Appearance Based Medicine is now on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). The accredited registers programme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public. Our membership demonstrates Appearance Based Medicine’s commitment to high professional standards, to enhancing safety within our Aesthetic business and to delivering a better service.
If you are considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, you can check here to see if your practitioner is registered with the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group, which means they are appropriately trained, registered with their Professional Body, following the latest evidence-based guidance and know how to manage a potential complication.
Nursing Midwife Council
The regulatory body for nurses in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the NMC maintains a register of nurses and midwives allowed to practice in the UK. This body ensures that nurses are accountable to deliver high quality healthcare by setting standards of performance, conduct, training and education. Skills and knowledge must be kept up-to-date and professional standards must be upheld. Where standards fall short, the NMC also has transparent processes for investigation. If you are considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, you can confirm your nurse’s registrations here.