AA0710 - Administration of Botulinum Toxin and Non-permanent Dermal Fillers

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What will I learn on this module?

The module focuses on the clinical skills to effectively assess patients need, discuss possible treatment options and provide a package of non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic treatment using botulinum toxin and/or non-permanent dermal fillers which addresses need, safety and satisfaction. The focus is on routine facial treatments. You will learn about facial anatomical structures, pharmacology, actions, contraindications and rheology of toxins and fillers, patient assessment, consultations and injecting procedures, and procedures for managing complications and emergencies. This will be underpinned by application of the knowledge, gained in the previous module, enabling you to demonstrate ethical practice and defensible decision making to achieve patient safety and satisfaction in non- surgical cosmetic and aesthetic practice.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a blended learning approach which will include
• Use of an interactive eLearning package which includes content relating to the breakdown of facial anatomical structures, pharmacology, actions, contraindications and rheology of toxins and fillers, video clips of patient assessments, consultations and injecting procedures, and procedures for managing complications and emergencies. This includes formative exercises to test understanding and provide feedback
• Workshops and seminars facilitated by experienced professionally registered aesthetic practitioners to; demonstrate and simulate procedures, stimulate discussion and feedback on decision making process.
• Practice based learning with an allocated, experienced, professionally registered aesthetic mentor.

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, and the practice educator for aesthetic practice who will assist with application of your learning to the practice context. They will provide some of your face to face teaching, and feedback, supported by other staff. 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:
1. Apply understanding of facial anatomy, physiology and ageing processes to decisions on use and safe administration of botulinum toxins and non- permanent dermal fillers
2. Critique the actions and applicability of available toxins and fillers to address identified patient need
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Demonstrate clinical competence in assessing, planning, managing and evaluating holistic care for patients having cosmetic/ aesthetic treatment with botulinum toxin and/ or non-permanent dermal fillers
4. Effectively manage any emergency situations or complications arising during the administration or toxins and fillers
5. Critically reflect on the impact of academic, personal and professional learning on own cosmetic and aesthetic practice.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Articulate and demonstrate ethical practice and defensible decision making process to achieve patient safety and satisfaction in non- surgical cosmetic and aesthetic practice.

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
Formative tests and quizzes will be embedded within the eLearning package providing immediate electronic feedback.
You will receive verbal feedback on your progress from your allocated aesthetic mentor. At the beginning of practice placement you will negotiate your learning needs and action plan with your mentor; your progress will be reviewed periodically throughout your practice placement.

Summative assessment
You will be assessed in theory and practice. This will comprise of 5 components of module assessment. You must achieve a pass in all 5 components.
Your practice competence will be assessed by an aesthetic mentor, against a proficiency framework which reflects nationally agreed competencies (British Association of Cosmetic Nurses) aligned with the academic learning outcomes of the module. Following discussion with aesthetic practitioners and mentors it has been agreed that a minimum of 40 hours of practice based learning will be required for achievement and assessment of the identified practice proficiencies required as part of the 40 credit module “Administration of botulinum toxin and non- permanent dermal fillers.”
However, as some students may be aspiring aesthetic practitioners with no previous experience of aesthetic procedures, it will be clearly explained in the application documentation that some novices may require additional practice based learning experience, and that this will be provided, where necessary, up to a maximum of 80 hours, at an additional cost per session to the student to be paid in advance of the supervised practice. If the student has not been able to achieve the required level of proficiency within 80 hours then they will be deemed to have failed the module, as it requires a pass in all elements of the assessment.
The application process will include a request for information about previous experience, however the decision regarding whether an individual student may require further practice based experience will be made at the mid- point review of the practice placement by the mentor and will require the mentor to contact the practice educator to alert them to the situation and enable the practice educator to plan to observe the student towards the end of the practice placement to moderate the mentors assessment of proficiency, and, if necessary, arrange for further practice based experience, which will be provided by the practice educator rather than the mentor.
MLOs – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Pass/Refer outcome.

Your academic understanding will be assessed by 4 questions to address MLOs- 1,2,4,6. Each question is linked to a specific learning outcome therefore the student must achieve a pass mark in each question to successfully pass the module.
Written feedback and feedforward on the questions and grade.


Must be registered nurse, doctor or dentist with active registration with relevant professional body and two years post qualifying experience and completion of ‘Assessment and decision making for non- surgical cosmetic interventions’ module (20 credits level 7) or APL/APEL against the learning outcomes.



Module abstract

This module enables you to develop the knowledge and practice competencies to administer botulinum toxin and non- permanent dermal fillers to the facial area. It fulfils the requirements of the Health Education England educational recommendations for non-surgical cosmetic procedures (2014). It provides a unique flexible learning opportunity to develop theoretical understanding via an innovative e learning package with formative testing of understanding prior to undertaking supervised clinical practice alongside an experienced professionally registered aesthetic practitioner where you can observe evidence based practice in an authentic setting and develop your own competence, through supervised practice, feedback and competence assessment.

Course info

Credits 40

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 2019

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