The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses
The BACN is the largest Professional Association for nurses carrying out cosmetic treatments in the UK. It operates under a strict Code of Conduct in order to ensure patient safety across all treatments undertaken by its members.
The BACN has a dual role:
• To provide services and support to all of its Members
• To promote and support patient safety in the area of Non-Surgical Aesthetic Treatments
The largest group of Members are UK based Nurses registered with the NMC but from 1/4/2015 it now offers Affiliated Memberships to other approved health care professionals in the UK (Doctors, Dentists etc) and from overseas.
The BACN is a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation owned by its Members and its Board is elected on an Annual Cycle.
'By 2020 we will have enhanced our reputation as the leading Professional Association in the aesthetics sector supporting nurses who are delivering high quality services to the public in an ethical way by providing education and training, advocacy and support for our membership in collaboration with our stakeholders'.
The BACN and Patient Safety
Regulation of the Aesthetics Industry
The aesthetics industry in the UK is not regulated and as such any person can offer complex aesthetic treatments.
Under the current arrangements of non-regulation we strongly advise the following for members of the public seeking aesthetic treatments:
1. Go to a recognized medical professional who is able to show you that they are a member of a ‘Governing Body’ that regulates their behavior via an agreed Code of Conduct – Examples would be the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Dental Council (GDC).
2. Go to a web site like the BACN where we identify practitioners in your area that operate under the BACN Code of Conduct and are qualified and registered nurses.
3. Ask for proof of registration, charter marks and for patient recommendations where available.
Functions of the BACN
The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses was established in 2010 following restructuring at The Royal College of Nursing. It is a ‘not for profit’ association seeking charitable status with an elected Board and Regional Group Leaders. From a small start in 2010 it had grown, by 2018, to a membership of 700+ 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.
The BACN - Key Current Functions:
• To act as an expert resource for its membership.
• To provide guidance on best practice to ensure safe and ethical practice by its nurses.
• To provide Continuous Professional Development for members.
• To give members access to information on all aspects of the aesthetic s sector, business support, training, conferences and research.
• To facilitate networking, guidance and support to members and inform and educate the public/media.
• Organising the BACN Annual Conference and its infrastructure of regional meetings, lectures, workshops and exhibitions.
• To work effectively with all stakeholders.
• To facilitate networking.
• To influence policy making at the highest level.
Key Underpinning Statements:
• We will continue to promote the highest standards of professional and aesthetic practice standards for nurses in line with those required by the NMC and other standard setting bodies.
• We will continue to provide high level advice and policy guidance in relation to key issues affecting our members including education, training, standards and Codes of Practice.
• We will promote and clarify the agreed standards for conduct, ethics, proficiency, education and training and continuing professional development as set by all statutory bodies.
• We will hold members accountable to their professional standards and those standards set by the BACN for Membership and deal fairly and proportionally with complaints and concerns.
• We will strive to deliver a range of member services that will reflect our growing and changing membership structure.
• We will enhance our presence and profile to both attract potential new members, retain our current membership and to influence key decision makers in the sector.
• We will seek to be a key port of call for the media when seeking responses on issues regarding nurses and aesthetic treatments.
• We will continue to work with our stakeholders and business partners to maximise benefits to the Association and its members.
• We will aim to increase our Membership by numbers and across a wider geographical area of the UK and in key overseas locations.
• We will build on our current financial strategy to ensure the future sustainability of the Association.
• We will operate in a way that reflects the terms of our constitution as well as principles of best practice in governance of professional associations.