AA0709 - Assessment & Decision Making for Non-surgical Cosmetic Interventions

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What will I learn on this module?

The module focuses on three key elements:
• Evidence based analysis of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect skin health and ageing processes, how to optimise skin health and prevent premature ageing in clients
• Evaluation of the core elements that constitute safe, ethical and person centred aesthetic practice to inform your own practice
• How to undertake client assessment processes informed by appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks and guidance, and articulate and document your evidence based decision making for any cosmetic or aesthetic interventions you provide or refuse

The module introduces you to the existing evidence base which informs your practice; enables you to understand and critique the evidence and apply it to your own practice. You will learn how to; find and critique evidence directly related to the module using online library and skills plus services, develop your writing, referencing and presentation skills at postgraduate level enabling you to build upon and further develop your current academic skills. The module develops your ability to understand how to undertake an holistic assessment of the client, based upon current legal, ethical and professional guidance and advise the client on possible preventative and treatment options including the risks and benefits. This will require you to articulate and document evidence based defensible decision making related to aesthetic practice. It also helps you to evaluate your own practice setting in terms of what constitutes safe and ethical aesthetic practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The focus of this module is critical reflection on your own professional aesthetic learning and practice. The module helps you return to learning at post graduate level, build upon your existing study skills and develop new knowledge and skills to use technology enabled learning effectively, as the module is provided via a blended learning approach. The module will commence with an analysis of your own prior skills and abilities to learn effectively at post graduate level through blended learning, which is a mix of e-learning, face to face and practice based learning. After an initial induction session at the University the majority of your learning will be via guided and individual study through use of an interactive e-learning package. This will evaluate your learning by asking you to undertake several formative learning exercises with feedback provided electronically and by teachers as a means to gradually develop your understanding. You will attend seminars and share your learning with teachers and peers via presentation and discussion and will give and receive feedback and feed forward to each other. You will apply your learning to a summative assignment which requires you to analyse your current practice and make recommendations for improvement where appropriate.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module teacher who will guide your academic learning and assessment throughout the module. They have been involved in developing the e-learning materials and assessment exercises, and will provide some of your face to face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. You will be offered personal tutorial support during each module which may be accessed face to face, by telephone or email. You will also have an allocated personal/guidance teacher who will provide advice and support in relation to academic, procedural, and (where desired and appropriate) personal matters during the programme of study you have enrolled on. You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and specific support from the programme team with any specific IT issues related to the e-learning package. You will also have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• Critique current evidence of factors that contribute to skin health and ageing and apply to assessment consultation and advice in cosmetic and aesthetic practice
• Critically appraise assessment tools used in aesthetic practice

Intellectual/Professional Skills & Abilities:

• Apply understanding of what constitutes safe, ethical and effective practice to assessment and decision making in cosmetic and aesthetic practice
• Evaluate personal lifelong learning skills and abilities, identifying areas for development

Personal Values Attributes (Global/Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Analyse own practice in relation to the principles of safe and ethical cosmetic and aesthetic practice, identifying areas for development

How will I be assessed?

Please give details of all formative and summative assessment process indicating which MLOs will be addressed and how feedback will be provided.

Formative exercises

• Brief literature review and report on agreed factor influencing skin health and ageing for presentation to peers
• Literature searching using skills plus and library resources
• Critical evaluation of evidence base
• Short report writing and referencing
• Presentation skills
• Evaluation of own learning skills and development plan

MLO 1 &4 - Written feedback from GT on short report and referencing. Written peer feedback and personal reflection

Brief audit of practice setting

• Analysis of current policies, procedures and documentation used

MLO 2, 3,5 - Comments on practice based audit by practice educator for aesthetics to inform future action plan.

Case study analysis/implications for consultation

• Analysis of client consultation case studies to articulate information gained or missing from assessment and professional decision making process based upon current legal, ethical and professional frameworks and guidance

MLO 1,2,3,5 - Verbal peer and teacher feedback in seminar

Summative Assignment

• Drawing upon relevant evidence, critically appraise the assessment tool(s) and process you use in practice for its effectiveness in identifying holistic client need, making recommendations for improvement in practice

MLO 1,2,3,5 – Written feedback and feedforward on assignment and grade.


Must be registered nurse, doctor or dentist with active registration with relevant professional body with:
Prior bachelor degree level qualificatiion



Module abstract

This module, developed and delivered in partnership with aesthetic practitioners and professional associations (BACN,PIAPA,ASAP) will build upon your existing professional knowledge and skill as a nurse, doctor or dentist and enable you to analyse what constitutes safe, evidence based, ethical and person centred practice as an aesthetic practitioner. The content directly reflects the core required recommendations for non-surgical cosmetic interventions defined by Health Education England (2014). It focuses specifically on professional accountability and patient safety; the importance of sound assessment processes informed by appropriate legal, ethical and professional frameworks and guidance, and helps you to articulate and document your evidence based decision making for any cosmetic or aesthetic interventions you provide. Its evidence based blended learning delivery makes it accessible if you are distant to the university, whilst providing good student support particularly important to those returning to learning.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year part-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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