Foundations of Botulinum
Treatment in Aesthetics
The first regularly available hands-on Botulinum training course in Aberdeen
Diversify your career as a Healthcare Professional with the only regularly available aesthetics botulinum course in Aberdeen
We regularly run a comprehensive, CPD-accredited hands-on course which covers the fundamentals of using botulinum toxin in an aesthetic practice. We take pride in being the first to develop an Aberdeen-based, regularly available course of this kind! The course is aimed at regulated Heathcare Professionals (registered Doctors, Dentists, Dental Technicians, Dental Hygienists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists) and is an ideal introduction to the field if you are considering a career change to aesthetic medicine, or if you want to expand on the services your practice offers. Developing a career in aesthetics requires hard work and dedication, but diversifying your skill set can be rewarding for a variety of reasons:
You can truly look after your patients by allocating to them the time they deserve, rather than working within restrictions set by an under-resourced and unders-staffed healthcare system. You may be feeling that you want to ‘care more’ but your hands are tied.
Flexibility dictated by yourself, which can lead to a fantastic work-life balance.
You can be your own boss or build a team with common aims and values.
If you enjoy learning, developing new practical skills and seeing results, this can be a wonderful career. The satisfaction and loyalty of your patients is priceless.
You are paid what you deserve, for the amount of dedication you put into training, patient care and follow-up. This is particularly important if you work long, anti-social hours and feel undervalued.
Why are we delivering a Foundations of Botulinum Course?
Botulinum injectable treatments are the cornerstone of contemporary aesthetic practice and are a perfect initial skill to develop if you are new to the field. We have studied the aesthetics training market for a number of years and realised a void in the regular availability of high quality aesthetics training courses in the North-East of Scotland that Healthcare Professionals can easily access. Combined with our drive to improve safety, professionalism and regulation in the specialty, setting up a regular course based in Aberdeen was a ‘no-brainer’. In addition, we chose not to combine both Botulinum and Dermal Filler training into one course, which by default would result in more superficial understanding of these two rather vast fields.
What does this course cover?
This is a 1-day course and is delivered by experienced Aesthetic Practitioners (Doctors) with Medical and Medical Research backgrounds. The aim is to establish a solid, scientific grounding in the use of botulinum toxins in aesthetics. While botulinum injection itself is not a highly advanced skill technically, the experienced Practitioner will need to relate to key aesthetic principles when strategising treatments, understand the underlying anatomy, identify complications and have the knowledge and skill to treat them. In addition, we recognise that aspiring practitioners will need guidance on how to establish a service within the current medicolegal framework. To achieve our aim, the course contains three components:
Key Aesthetic Principles
Botulinum Fundamentals I (neuroscience & pharmacology)
Botulinum Fundamentals II (drug preparation, dosaging, medical history & consent)
Botulinum Aesthetic Treatments & Techniques
Botulinum Complications - case based learning
Incorporating Botulinum Treatments into your Practice - professional and legal considerations
Practical Demonstration - History taking and Botulinum injection techniques of the upper face - experienced Aesthetic Practitioners (consented Models)
Participant injection of consented Models - 1 Model per trainee (or 1 Model per 2 trainees max.)
Consolidation and Support
Trainee pack containing all theory slides, materials and equipment summary, emergency algorithms (Resus Council UK)
Aesthetics documentation set/templates: procedure & photography consent form, prescription form, patient information sheet, aftercare sheet
Useful contacts (aesthetics insurance, pharmacies & approved botulinum manufacturers, professional organisations)
The course concludes with a brief written assessment
A printed certificate rewarded on completion (see below for insurance and accreditation)
Feedback forms - we require this to improve our course
Will my training be recognised by leading aesthetics insurance providers and CPD?
Yes, our course is fully recognised and insured by Cosmetic Insure, a leading aesthetics insurance provider in the UK. This means that your training will be professionally acknowledged when seeking indemnity cover. The course is also officially accredited by the CPD accreditation body. Being able to legally provide botulinum aesthetic services following your training however will depend on the setting you chose to operate from. Independent pracitioners (private clinics) in Scotland must be registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). Please read their guidance carefully.
Do I need to be a Prescriber?
No, you do not. However, you will need to identify a prescriber you can work closely alongside. The alternative is to undergo prescribing training (we do not provide this). Botulinum toxin treatments are prescription-only and the prescriber must conduct a face-to-face consultation prior to issuing a prescription. Remote consultations and/or prescriptions are not permitted for Botulinum treatments, as per the GMC guidelines. We offer prescribing support if you are in the Aberdeen area (see our Professional Services or contact us directly for more information).
Where does the course take place?
We deliver the course at the high-end Village Hotel in Kingswells, Aberdeen. The hotel has excellent conference facilities and delegates will have easy access to parking, all-day refreshments and a buffet lunch. The practical component will take place at our main clinical venue immediately adjacent to the hotel. This is an extremely convenient setup for delegates who would need an overnight stay in Aberdeen for travel arrangements.
What does the course cost?
The full cost of the course is £600 (no added charges). The programme is excellent value for money given the comprehensive theoretical content, small practical trainee group size with trainee to trainer ratio of 4:1 or 5:1 max. and an excellent training location.
What if I feel I need more training or supervision before I start offering my Botulinum services?
That’s not a problem. Recognising the limits of your competency is an important professional attribute. We want to support you throughout your early aesthetics career and we want to produce confident, safe practitioners. There are several ways we can support your training once you’ve officially completed the Foundations of Botulinum Course, these compose the remainder of our Professional Botulinum Services:
1) Clinical Supervision: We can arrange to be present for the entire duration or a part of your clinic. Here we provide a supportive role to the clinic that you lead. This can be extremely valuable, giving you that extra bit of confidence and security. You are free to ask questions and dispel any anxieties. Contact us directly for availability and for a quote. This service is charged on an hourly rate and is generally limited to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. A certificate of supervised practice will be issued for your record.
2) Shadowing: If you’d like to experience one of our clinics as an observer, we can arrange for you to attend on a day when several Botulinum procedures are being performed. This is a great experience not only to reinforce your Botulinum learning, but also allows you to appreciate and reflect on the pracitioner-patient interaction, consultation skills of an experienced Doctor, record-keeping skills and the time management of an aesthetics clinic. You will not be consulting or performing any procedures, but will be have plenty opportunity to ask questions. We will not restrict the variety of the clinic so you may also be exposed to several dermal filler procedures. This service is charged on a per clinic basis. Contact us directly for availability and for a quote. A certificate of attendance will be given.
3) 1-2-1 Botulinum Training: This is an extention to the Foundation Course to allow further, focused training in a purely practical setting. You train at our clinic with patients that have consented to being injected by a newly qualified Practitioner, under our close guidance. Teaching and discussion is integrated into the clinic. This is an excellent option to perfect your technique and boost your confidence prior to establishing your own clinic. We arrange the entire clinic and provide the materials you need. This service is charged on a per patient basis. Contact us directly for availability and for a quote. A certificate of completion will be given with a signed procedure log. For those who prefer to learn in a 1-2-1 setting, the entire Foundation of Botulinum Course can be delivered in a 1-2-1 fashion so you can enjoy a whole morning of theory and a full afternoon of injecting, all to yourself! See below for pricing. A mutually suitable date is arranged but we require at least 1 month notice.
4) Prescribing Support: If you are a non-prescriber, we can arrange a face-to-face prescribing clinic at your venue (or ours if practical) to medically assess your patients prior to issuing a prescription. We only provide this service to Aesthetic Practitioners who are Healthcare Professionals, working in either an NHS-inspected or HIS-registered clinic. This service is charged on a per patient basis and is generally limited to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Contact us directly for availability and for a quote.
Contact us now if you have any queries relating to our course or professional services, otherwise register your place and start your journey!