High Risk Aesthetic Procedures: What You Need To Know!

High Risk Aesthetic Procedures: What You Need To Know!

‘High Risk Aesthetics Procedure’ CPD Accreditation Policy Launch

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Our A.C.C.R.E.D.I.T.E.D framework is designed to ensure that everyone looking to gain CPD Accreditation is aware of the rigorous methods we use to assess the suitability of each CPD programme we are presented with, looking to gain CPD Accreditation.

The A.C.C.R.E.D.I.T.E.D framework offers current, and future clients, the ability to understand what scrutiny CPD activities will face when looking to apply for CPD Accreditation with The CPD Group.

With that said, it is essential that the framework remains fluid as we adapt to the ever-changing landscapes within the industries we serve. As and when new information comes to light, or changes are made to particular legislations, it is our duty to ensure that any new principles, guidelines or laws are followed within the Accreditation process.

As the industry leader in our field, we are proactive when it comes to the Accreditation of subjects that potentially pose a risk to those delivering the training, and those receiving it. We must be vigilant in this area, which is why we have launched our ‘High Risk Aesthetics Procedure’ CPD Accreditation Policy.

The purpose of this policy is to outline and confirm agreement of the procedures to be followed by CPD Providers and Trainers who deliver training on the following subjects, but not limited to:

• all thread lifting procedures, including PDO thread and cog lifts

• hair restoration surgery

• procedures aimed at augmenting any part of the body, in particular the breast, buttocks and genitals, typically using autologous fat or dermal fillers

• dermal micro-coring

• hay fever injections

• the combination of ultrasound and large bore cannula for the purposes of liposuction

• deeper chemical peels such as phenol peels

• lasers which target the deeper layers of the dermis. For example, CO2 lasers, where used for extensive fully ablative resurfacing

• the provision of any procedure where the circumstances of the provision meet the criteria for the procedure to be classed as the CQC regulated activity of treatment of disease, disorder or injury (TDDI)

• all intravenous injectables and infusions

The ‘High Risk Aesthetics Procedure’ CPD Accreditation Policy is designed with the UK Government’s proposed 3-tier system to categorise procedures depending on the risks (including level of complexity and degree of invasiveness) and potential complications associated with the procedure in mind. The list of identified procedures in this policy, and training thereof, is a reflection of the ‘RED’ tier, comprised of the procedures with the highest risk of complications.

As the full Government consultation in this area remains incomplete, the list of effected subjects is liable to change as further information is released into the public domain. 

As defined by the UK Government, the ‘RED’ tier procedures should: “only be carried out by qualified and regulated healthcare professionals working out of CQC registered premises. Such procedures would not be included within the local authority licensing scheme.”

Approved CPD Providers aiming to gain CPD Accreditation for Training Courses related to the above listed procedures must demonstrate that they:

• are suitably knowledgeable, trained and qualified to deliver the training

• hold appropriate indemnity cover

• operate from premises which meet the necessary standards of hygiene, infection control and cleanliness

In order to ensure the safe delivery of training in high-risk procedures identified within the ‘RED’ tier category, Approved Providers aiming to gain CPD Accreditation for such subjects must provide evidence that the delivery is being conducted by the most appropriate individuals.

If you are a CPD Provider looking to gain CPD Accreditation for any subject listed within this Blog, we will be looking to ensure that you evidence the following information in support of your application:

• Evidence of appropriate professional registration details of the Trainer involved in the delivery of the ‘RED’ tier subjects (Save Face / JCCP / GMC PIN)

• Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy Number

• Name of Insurance Provider

• CQC Location ID


Only applications for ‘High Risk’ subjects that have the identified supporting evidence will be considered for CPD Accreditation.