The Level 7 Certificate in Injectables is an OFQUAL-regulated qualification suitable for both experienced healthcare professionals and those who are completely new to the field of non-surgical aesthetics. It was introduced in response to Health Education England (HEE) recommendations derived from the findings of the Keogh report , which as commissioned by the government to look into standards and regulation within the aesthetics industry.
Among the important recommendations was the importance of injectable aesthetic procedures being undertaken by healthcare professionals. The list of professionals includes:
Operating Department Practitioner (ODP)
The explosive growth in the aesthetics industry over the past two decades has necessitated greater scrutiny of the rules and regulations surrounding the provision of aesthetic treatments. Moving towards a regulated, accredited qualification in injectables is an important step in the direction of standardising training and care in aesthetics. The OFQUAL-regulated Level 7 Certificate in Injectables is rapidly becoming the Gold Standard qualification for doctors, dentists and nurses in the UK.
In a potentially highly lucrative industry such as facial aesthetics, completing a practical, regulated and highly regarded post-graduate level qualification such as the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables gives a competitive edge, and makes graduates more attractive to both employers and patients alike.
Looking to the future, the signs are that there will be greater regulation and standardisation within medical aesthetics. The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) has established a register of approved aesthetic practitioners which can be accessed by members of the public who are considering undergoing non-surgical aesthetic treatments. Other areas of movement within the area include attempts to make dermal filler a prescription-only medicine (POM) (link). However the government and regulatory bodies react to changes in social and industry trends, the definite movement will be towards more regulation, more transparency and more professional regulatory body involvement in non-surgical aesthetic treatment provision. For healthcare professionals of all levels of experience, the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables represents part of the shift towards driving up standards in the aesthetics industry as the new Gold Standard in medical aesthetic training.
There are several stages to the qualification - some which take place in person at training days, and others involving self-study using written and online course material. The course assessment involves Short Answer Questions (SAQs) in a coursework format, an OSCE, and submission of a treatment portfolio of 40 cases treated with Botox® and Dermal Filler. There is no designated time frame in which the course is completed, however, candidates often chose to complete all stages in around 6 months. It is up to candidates how quickly they wish to complete the qualification, with a high degree of flexibility to allow studies and mentorship to fit around your other work and study commitments.
The 4 stages of the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables are outlined below:
The Foundation Course is the first step in any healthcare professional’s journey into aesthetics. You will learn how to undertake the most commonly requested Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments on live model patients under expert supervision.
There are 8 modules which form the basis of the Level 7 Certificate. The learning material is post-graduate level and designed to provide delegates with the knowledge required for independent aesthetic practice. The modules cover the theory behind competent aesthetic practice, from dermatology through to the pharmacology. You will have access to a tutor to help guide you through this phase, and the flexible nature of the qualification, with self-directed learning at your own pace, makes the Level 7 Certificate suitable for fitting in study around work and other commitments.
Unit 1: Principles of History, Ethics and Law in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 2: Principles of Treatment in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 3: Principles of Cosmetic Psychology in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 4: Principles of Dermatology in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 5: Principles of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 6: Practice of Botulinum Toxin Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 7: Principles of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
Unit 8: Practice of Dermal Filler Use in Aesthetic Medicine
There are two main objectives of this phase of the qualification:
1. Become competent in performing the listed Botox® and dermal filler treatments.
2. Build a portfolio of 40 patients to submit as part of the Level 7 Certificate assessment.
The Level 7 mentorship scheme is a programme of supervised training days providing practical, hands-on learning opportunities in administering Botox® and dermal filler treatments. In addition to providing guidance and training in injecting techniques, delegates will receive directly observed feedback from our Level 7 expert aesthetic trainers. Over the course of the supervised training days, delegates will gain competency in the listed techniques.
From the perspective of the treatment portfolio, delegates must present evidence of a total of 40 cases involving observations and treatments in both Botulinum Toxin A and dermal filler. Delegates usually require around 4 days in total to meet the portfolio requirements. All mentorship days are undertaken with live model patients, under the direct supervision of one of our OFQUAL-accredited aesthetic trainers.
The main requirements can be divided as follows:
Dermal Filler treatments:
All observed treatments will be undertaken by one of our expert trainers, while all performed treatments will be under direct 1-to-1 supervision.
There are three main components to the assessment for this qualification:
1) Short Answer Questions (SAQs): This component is in the format of coursework
2) OSCE: This clinical examination will assess your ability to conduct key aspects of aesthetic practice under examination conditions. The examination is recorded and reviewed externally. You will be expected to conduct core assessments and demonstrate key skills expected at this level.
3) Submission of treatment portfolio with 40 cases: Twenty cases for each of Botulinum Toxin A and Dermal Filler. All cases must be undertaken with an approved clinician (ie: with one of our accredited tutors on our mentorship days). Evidence must include before and after photos, which are dated, consent forms, evidence of aftercare and guidance regarding follow-up.
Upon successful completion of all components of the course, you will be awarded the Level 7 Certificate in Injectables. Rapidly becoming the Gold Standard qualification in the area of non-surgical aesthetics, this will demonstrate a level of competence within the field. You will be able to use your newly acquired knowledge and skills in a way that best suits you. This may involve working independently, or within an established clinic, either part-time around existing commitments or full-time as part of a new career journey.
Whether you are starting out in aesthetics, or looking to perfect and advance your skills, securing your place on one of our accredited training courses is easy.