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Independent quality mark for non-surgical cosmetic practitioners

PRESS RELEASE

13 July 2016

Independent quality mark for non-surgical cosmetic practitioners

Today, the register of Save Face has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent statutory body, accountable to Parliament. 

Under the Accredited Registers programme, practitioners on the Save Face register will be able to display the Accredited Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards.

 Accredited Registers quality mark

Save Face Clinical Director, Emma Davies said: 

"I am extremely proud of the progress Save Face has made. We are the first body to take the Keogh and HEE recommendations and successfully implement a model to apply them, pretty much from a standing start a mere two years ago. We recognise there is more to be done, and with the same effort and determination, we will continue to apply ourselves to deliver what is required, and to work with government, regulators and the media to build a safer landscape for the public.'’

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said: 

“We are very pleased to accredit Save Face’s register. Bringing these practitioners into a broad framework of assurance is good for patients, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The programme offers a new layer of protection for people receiving health services, and gives non-surgical cosmetic practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to good practice.”

Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of Save Face. Accreditation means that Save Face’s register meets the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information.

Accredited Registers encompass a growing range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation. Further information about Accredited Registers is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/what-we-do/accredited-registers

ENDS

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Contact:

Christine Braithwaite

Director of Standards and Policy

Tel: 020 7389 8030

christine.braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk

 Notes to the Editor 

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK. 
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest. 
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding registers for health and social care occupations not regulated by law and accredit those that meet them. 
  4. Accredited registers can encompass a wide range of occupations and organisations and the Professional Standards Authority may accredit more than one register in any particular occupation. Those accredited are entitled to use the Authority’s accreditation mark so that they can be distinguished easily. 
  5. Accredited registration is different from statutory professional registration. It is voluntary, not compulsory. Whilst practitioners can work in unregulated occupations without being on any register, the Authority’s Accreditation Scheme now offers people the option of seeking practitioners on a register that has been vetted and approved.       
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament. 
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values. 
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk.