TYCT Newsletter May 2017
For all providers on the Treatments You Can Trust Register
Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care endorses accredited registers
Professional Standards Authority has issued a Press Release highlighting its endorsement of accredited registers like TYCT. PSA recommends the public to only choose practitioners who are regulated or on an accredited register. Treatments You Can Trust only registers those who are regulated (by GMC, GDC, NMC). Full PSA Statement can be adapted for members’ own marketing.
Treatments You Can Trust endorses professionals on its Register
Treatments You Can Trust remains the longest established UK register devoted to regulated professionals engaged in non-surgical cosmetic practice of injectable cosmetics. ALL professionals on the TYCT Register meet the existing agreed UK standards for injectable cosmetics.
“Non-surgical does not, and never has, meant non-medical.” - BAAPS former President
Consultant plastic surgeon and former BAAPS President Rajiv Grover said in his annual report on cosmetic surgery performed by BAAPS members in 2016.
“In a climate of global fragility, the public are less likely to spend on significant alterations…. by and large opting for less costly non-surgical procedures…. rather than committing to more permanent changes.”
He went on: “…. economic uncertainty seems to have re-invigorated the famous British ‘stiff upper lip’ – achieved, however, through dermal fillers and wrinkle-relaxing injections, rather than surgery!”
He ends with a warning: ”…. remember that the non-surgical sector is rife with lax regulation, maverick behaviour and unethical promotional gimmicks, so the public must remain vigilant. Non-surgical does not, and never has, meant non-medical.”
TYCT and Northgate Public Services reveal existence of programme for publication of industry performance standards
In their meeting with the JCCP Procurement Panel on 25 April, Treatments You Can Trust and Northgate Public Services (NPS) revealed that they have underway a joint programme to collect, analyse and publish industry performance data. This was in response to questions posed by the JCCP Panel in which the panel members anticipated Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA) requirements.
Private Healthcare Information Network publishes first set of private hospital performance measures
3 May 2017
The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) will today publish the first of a series of performance measures intended to improve the availability of information to patients considering private healthcare services and start to bring standards of data quality and transparency in line with the NHS.
For the first time, patients will be able to find independent and credible information on hospitals when considering their private care options. This information is particularly useful when discussing options with their GP or specialist.
The three performance measures published today cover 149 common procedures at over 200 hospitals and show the number of patient admissions, average lengths of stay for each procedure, and the same patient satisfaction measure for hospitals as used by the NHS (the “Friends and Family Test”). These new measures will be added to existing information including up-to-date inspection ratings from national regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
“The information we are publishing today represents a significant step towards greater transparency in private healthcare,” said Matt James, PHIN’s Chief Executive. “This is the first comprehensive attempt to measure the activity and performance of private healthcare across the UK to NHS standards. The availability of better information will help patients directly and will also encourage care providers to better understand the quality of their care and strive for improvement.”
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, Chair of the Private Healthcare Information Network said, “This is a really important day for patients that use private healthcare. Patients considering a private hospital are seeking choice and control, and that demands simple, clear information to help them make decisions. Healthcare is a complex environment, but the team has done a great job, working closely with clinicians and hospitals, of bringing clarity and credibility together in this website.”
Private hospitals, including NHS hospitals that provide some private care, are required to supply comprehensive data to PHIN, allowing activity and quality to be tracked and reported for the first time. PHIN estimates that the information published today covers over 80% of privately funded healthcare in the UK.
The performance measures are the first three, of eleven, specified by the UK’s competition regulator the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), whose 2014 investigation found a problematic lack of transparency for consumers in private healthcare. Further measures will be released over the next 12 months, including infection rates, rates of adverse incidents and measures of the relative health improvement offered by key treatments. Measures for consultants will follow in 2018, and fee information from 2019.
Mr. Geoffrey Glazer, consultant surgeon and Chair of the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO), said, “Publication of these first measures for hospitals is an important step. We will continue working alongside PHIN as they move towards publication at consultant level, ensuring there is a strong clinical voice and that the information produced is fair, statistically reliable and will assist patients.”
The newly published performance measures can be found at: www.phin.org.uk
TYCT Governance Board Vice-Chair is Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, who is also chair of Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN). TYCT Director Sally Taber was founding executive of PHIN’s predecessor organisation.
Registration of independent cosmetic clinics becomes law in Scotland
Independent cosmetic clinics in Scotland must register
Health Improvement Scotland (HIS), which is an agency of the Scottish government, claims:
“Registration offers clear benefits for clinics and patients: registered clinics will operate to the highest professional standards and will show a commitment to safety and quality improvement, and patients can be reassured that clinics are independently regulated.”
Head of Regulation at HIS, Kevin Freeman Ferguson, tells TYCT “We believe that Scottish Practitioners and clinics registered with TYCT meet the gold standard for patient care.”
Voluntary registration to continue in England
In contrast, Government in England holds that its intervention in a market for elective treatments would restrain trade, so cosmetic clinics are not to be required to register. It has, however, smiled upon voluntary registers designed to point the public towards trustworthy providers, such as the first, Treatments You Can Trust. As well as funding Health Education England to develop qualification requirements for delivery of cosmetic procedures including non-surgical interventions, Government in England has made it possible for JCCP to continue development of voluntary regulation. JCCP has found matching sponsorship from the industry.
Compulsory Registration in Scotland costs from £1990. Voluntary registration for England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland with an accredited register costs in the region of £400.
Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) – progress report
JCCP held a second stakeholder briefing on 13 April. The presentation can be found on our website at www.treatmentsyoucantrust.org.uk/jccp
Other points that were communicated included:
- A Stakeholder’s Council will be formed
- JCCP would not accept training courses developing subscribers to Level 7 straight from Level 4. Key principle is progression – no jumping from L4 to L7 without going through L5 and L6
- Controversially, it was floated that the non-regulated practitioners may be allowed to enter the Register at Level 3 rather than Level 4. They would be given 2 years to get to Level 4
- There will be one Register with two parts
- Practitioners registered with Public Registered Statutory Bodies
- Practitioners not registered with a statutory body
- Grand parenting procedure is in development
- New code of Practice
- Other Registries have a right to continue their role.
JCCP Registry Procurement Panel
On 25 April, Treatments You Can Trust and Northgate Public Services made a joint presentation to the JCCP Register Procurement Panel. Two other interested parties were also interviewed. JCCP confirmed that so far it has no funding for a register, but has ambitions to have its register in operation at the end of 2017. No report from its Register Working Party has been published. While awaiting the outcome of Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority work, JCCP has no published standards against which to measure potential applicants.
Cosmetic Standards Practice Authority (CPSA)
The position of Chair of CPSA has been taken by Mr Nigel Mercer, MB ChB, ChM, FRCS, FRCPCH
A consultant plastic surgeon who practices from Bristol, Nigel Mercer is a past President of British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and was formerly a member of the Treatments You Can Trust Governance Group.
Nigel Mercer is author of the intended JCCP Code of Practice for cosmetic practice.
Treatments You Can Trust Governance Board
The Chair of the Treatments You Can Trust Governance Board Baroness Trish Morris OBE DL was pleased to welcome Dr Peter Carter OBE to the Treatments You Can Trust governance Board.
Dr Carter was Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing between 2007 and 2015. Prior to his appointment at the RCN Dr Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust. Dr Carter is also a general nurse and trained at St Albans City Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London. He has held a number of clinical and managerial posts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.
General Medical Council Update
GMC has revised its guidance to doctors about data protection and confidentiality from 2 May 2017
Called “Confidentiality: Good Practice in handling patient information” it can be found at: -
We recommend it as a very comprehensive yet clear account of the duty of a doctor (and, we think, by extension, also dentists and registered nurses) in respect of best handling of confidential information about patients.
General Dental Council Update
General Dental Council closes its consultation on future of regulation of the dental profession
Shifting the balance: a better, fairer system of dental regulation
33 organisations responded and 53 individuals. Outcomes to be published towards the end of 2017.
The GDC believes that the current model of dental professional regulation has become unsustainable and undertook a 3-month consultation with public and stakeholders ending on 26 April.
The consultation set out what needs to change - the GDC wants to improve its support for professionals to ensure harm is prevented, rather than focusing on taking action after harm has occurred.
The consultation set out four interlinked areas:
- Moving upstream: Placing greater emphasis on supporting and empowering the profession to focus on prevention.
- First tier complaints: Working with the profession to make outcomes satisfactory to patients and more beneficial to the profession.
- Working with partners: Developing relationships with a whole range of organisations, including the systems regulators and the NHS in each of the four nations, professional associations, indemnity providers and employers.
- Refocusing Fitness to Practise: Rethinking how these enforcement powers are used.
TYCT admits Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists (DT/DH) to the Treatments You Can Trust Register.
Following clarification of the GDC position (see TYCT February newsletter), and assuming the required training has been undertaken, TYCT will shortly welcome the first qualifying DT/DH to the TYCT Register of Injectable Cosmetic Treatment Providers.
To qualify to be admitted to the register a dental Therapist or Hygienist must be on the GDC Register and meet the TYCT admission standards for a practitioner. Because no DT/DH are qualified as prescribers, TYCT will register DT/DH applicants to work with a lead practitioner who will conduct the face-to-face patient examination and prescribe appropriate treatments.
The GDC requires that remote prescribing should not be used in the provision of non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as the prescription or administration of Botox® or injectable cosmetic medicinal products.
For Registered Nurses
Nursing Revalidation Update
NMC have now published the third quarterly report. The link to the web version and the press release is:
After over a year of experience, NMC updated the revalidation standards and guidance in a number of details.
The key updates are in the areas of:
- Practice hours
- Reflective discussion
- Confirmation and appraisal
- Exceptional circumstances.
NMC have also clarified what happens when applicants declare they cannot meet the revalidation requirements due to health reasons. There are no changes to revalidation policy. Enquiries to:
- Sara Kovach Clark
Revalidation Transition Lead
Nursing and Midwifery Council
For Marketing Teams
Do you want more customers?
Here’s how TYCT helps your marketing
- Put the Quality Assurance Mark on display
We are sending to all clinics a new window display. Make sure you use it. The more who display it, the better its message will become known.
- Put the Quality Assurance Mark in all your literature, online and printed.
We have sent all on the register a personal letter with a memory stick with easy to use instructions. The more you do this, the more it will become known.
- Use social media
- Re-tweet our TYCT Tweets. If you do not know how, find out at
- Tweet your own membership of TYCT. Include the Quality Assurance Mark!
Treatments You Can Trust 2017 Quality Assurance Mark
The Quality Assurance Mark, which is awarded to all successful applicants to the Register, has been updated for 2017. We are mailing copies of the Quality Mark to all on the Public Register, with advice on how to make best use of its distinctive design in marketing.