Trust me I’m a Doctor!

Trust – a word that makes us all sit up and listen.  And in medicine, trust is fundamental for patient confidence in their doctor.  So whether it’s an aesthetic procedure or urgent life-saving treatment – every patient needs the reassurance that they are being treated by a suitably qualified healthcare professional.

It’s no secret that the non-surgical cosmetic interventions industry has been booming for some years now and in a recent study by Health and Education for England (HEE), 2015 was expected to see the industry valued at more than £3 billion.  And as demand increases for non-surgical procedures such as botulinum toxin injections and laser tattoo removal – so too does the need for qualified practitioners.

A large number of non-surgical cosmetic interventions are performed by allied medical professionals, such as nurses and pharmacists, and a significant number are also provided by beauticians. Following completion of training in an appropriate specialty senior doctors may choose to pursue cosmetic surgery as part of their practice, but increasingly we are seeing more doctors performing non-surgical cosmetic interventions.  Why is this?

There is certainly the demand for practitioners with established medical training and the ability to prescribe prescription only medication, such as botulinum toxin injections. They are also commercially attractive to established cosmetic businesses.  Some doctors may wish to top up NHS salaries and take advantage of the flexible working that the non-invasive industry offers.

The Government have quite rightly recognised that our industry is rapidly evolving and requires regulation. As a result of the ‘Keogh Review’ of the regulation of cosmetic interventions, Health Education England have formulated requirements for training to ensure safety and quality for patients. Professor Sir Bruce Keogh highlighted the “profound impact on health and wellbeing” that cosmetic interventions can have. The new regulations promise a robust and unified set of standards for training that ALL practitioners must meet. Prior experience and qualifications are recognised, but even qualified doctors, dentists, and nurses will need to demonstrate that they have been trained to the required standard.

At MATA, we believe in putting this into practice and welcome the new regulations.  We are proud of our reputation and want to protect that of the industry.  Training future cosmetic practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to maintain standards must be a priority for successful businesses in this industry.  Promoting delivery of world class care is our way forward.

With the new regulations and training from MATA courses, trust in the industry has never looked brighter.

New Qualification Requirements Unveiled to Improve the Safety of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Earlier this month Health Education England published two reports aimed at improving training in the aesthetics industry for treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal.

Th reports set out ‘qualification requirements’ for those practitioners that carry out these treatments regardless of any previous training they might have had or their career background.  This has been recommended after much discussion with key industry figures to ensure practitioners carry out the treatments safely and ensure patient safety is paramount.  The Department of Health will be pushing this forward.

HEE is responding to the lack of legal restrictions and qualification requirements on who carries out these treatments, and the absence of accredited training academies.  They state only GMC registered practitioners may administer permanent fillers- which are a medical device and don’t need prescription.  Botox should only be prescribed by doctors, dentists, nurses and nurse prescribers and pharmacists.


At MATA Courses, we are set apart from other aesthetic training academies as our qualifications and courses are created around these guidelines, and with an emphasis on practical training with patient safety first.




Rise in the Number of Unregistered Cosmetic Laser Clinics Investigated in Wales

A recent investigation by BBC Wales has shown that the number of laser clinics being investigated for not being properly registered has risen sharply in the past few months.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) is a body which checks out clinics providing laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) skin treatments and is also calling for the government to regulate mobile laser treatment providers which it has said it is looking into and a report is expected at the end of this month. Lasers are used for hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation and scar removal in aesthetic clinics and salons.

HIW’s director Alun Jones states that there has been a 70% rise in the number of clinics which are registered since 2011 and they are becoming more aware of the providers which are not registered- which is a criminal offence. He is also calling for a national register for non-surgical and aesthetic treatment providers.

MATA Courses Sister Clinic Juvea Aesthetics are Winners at MyFaceMyBody Awards 2015!

MATA Courses were thrilled to be finalists at the My Face My Body Awards UK 2015 at the weekend, held in the stunning Intercontinental Hotel venue in London’s Park Lane! Even better, our sister clinic Juvea Aesthetics won the award for ‘Best Customer Experience’ on the night!

The awards are brilliant way to give recognition to those who have excelled in the world of aesthetics, cosmetic surgery and dentistry and it was lovely to be part of such an event- also attended by television celebrities and with entertainment provided.

We can’t wait to attend next year’s event!

MATA Courses Featured in Aesthetics Journal Discussing Online Learning

MATA Courses were featured in October’s issue of Aesthetics Journal discussing the rise of online learning by training academies in the industry following a 2014 survey from the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), an organisation for workplace learning professionals that showed organisations’ self-paced e-learning had risen by 59% in just one year; compared to classroom-style training, which had dropped by 29%.1.

At MATA, our exclusive university standard virtual learning environment contains online webinars, quizzes, videos, images, case studies for our delegates to complete the theory component of their course before attending the practical sessions.

Aneequa Bhatti from Medical and Aesthetic Training Academy (MATA), said online learning isn’t just about cost cutting, “The online programme at MATA was created to improve the standard of training in the medical aesthetic industry and adhere to the new HEE guidelines.” Bhatti explains, “We’ve tried to make it ‘fun’; so whilst it’s very informative and rich in content, we’ve tried to make it as interactive and engaging as possible to keep people’s attention and enjoy it too”.

Latest Research Shows Majority of Doctors Feel Untrained Practitioners are Endangering the Public

The CCR Expo (Clinical, Cosmetic and Reconstructive) which was held a couple of weeks ago in London is one of the biggest cosmetic surgery and aesthetics industry events worldwide. They recently commissioned a series of surveys to find out the opinions of aesthetics practitioners, GPs, dentists and women (as they represent 90% of aesthetic patients).

Out of over 70 cosmetic practitioners which included doctors, surgeons, dermatologists and nurses almost 9/10 felt that there are far too many providers of non-surgical treatments who are not properly trained, and are damaging the reputation of those who are credible. Over a third of these doctors and nurses felt that new practitioners lacked knowledge of facial anatomy, and 87% felt these badly-trained providers are putting the public in danger. In a survey of 500 women, 18% said they would not go ahead with a cosmetic treatment primarily because they were wary of ‘botched’ treatments as seen in the media and not knowing where to go for a safe treatment.

MATA Courses was created by plastic surgeons experienced in facial aesthetics to provide the highest level of aesthetics training and improve safety for patients. Our courses are led by tutors who are the best in their fields and ensure as much ‘hands on’ practical experience as possible.

Top 5 Reasons to Train as an Aesthetics Nurse!

If you are a nurse or nurse prescriber working in a hospital or clinic, it may be that you want a change in direction but to continue using your skills. Why not consider training as an aesthetics nurse? The popularity of non-surgical treatments continues to boom every year and it’s a lucrative industry. If you are NMC registered you are eligible to train in Botox and dermal filler treatments with MATA, though if you are not a nurse prescriber you will need a doctor or another healthcare professional to prescribe it.

Read MATA Courses top 5 reasons to become an Aesthetics Nurse!

1-The Financial Rewards

There’s a lot of money to be made in aesthetics treatments, and if you decide to work for yourself your earning potential is unlimited. Botox treatments are quick to carry out and the average price starts at £200.

2-Train in a Variety of Treatments

Not just Botox and dermal fillers, the world of aesthetics is constantly changing with new and exciting treatments out all the time which you will be able to train in and offer your clients. This will keep your career varied and different every day! Most non-surgical treatment training courses can be carried out in a day or weekend.

3-Move Forward Quickly

As a nurse you already have an advantage when it comes to aesthetics as you will have a good knowledge of anatomy, how to deal with patients and patient complications. At MATA, our injecting and similar courses are only offered to healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists and nurses. Most training courses can be carried out in a weekend with as much practical experience provided as possible, with ongoing support as required.

4-The Industry is Booming

The cosmetic surgery industry, and in particular the area of facial aesthetics is booming so the demand for treatments is always high. You will be able to advance in your career and grow your on business rapidly.

5-Build Relationships

As a nurse you may feel as though there are time constraints on the time you spend with patients but when you are carrying out aesthetics treatments you will find that you can build better relationships with patients as they will return regularly for repeat treatments, and increase your job satisfaction as work will be more enjoyable!

MATA Courses prides itself on delivering the highest standard of aesthetics training and ‘hands on’ practical experience for its delegates. Give us a call today on 0203 126 4870 or email and unleash your earning potential with MATA.

Should Dentists Offer Botox?

Botox and dermal fillers are two of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available worldwide and their popularity continues to grow rapidly. As dentists are healthcare professionals along with doctors and nurses, should they be offering Botox in their clinics?

Dentists are the true experts in facial anatomy and physiology as it’s what they deal with on a daily basis, not only that but they inject anaesthetic for a living and therefore know how to make injections as comfortable and quick for the patient as possible.

A big advantage that dentists have in carrying out dermal fillers treatments over any other healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses is that they are skilled in carrying out dental blocks (anaesthesia) rather than other injectors who may use topical anaesthetic creams and therefore the treatment will be less comfortable. In addition, dentists are already knowledgeable on how to deal with adverse reactions in this area.

As facial aesthetic treatments gain popularity amongst dentists, now is the time to recognise them as specialists in oral and maxillofacial areas with a deep understanding of facial structures, muscles etc. With the highest standard of medical aesthetic training in this area delivered by expert tutors, at MATA we know that as a dentist you will benefit greatly from our Botox and Dermal Filler courses, learn quickly and feel confident in carrying out treatments on completion of your course.

If you are a dentist looking to break into the world of facial aesthetics and cosmetic treatments, call or email our friendly team who are happy to help you start your successful and profitable journey.

Phone: 0203 126 4870


What are the benefits for studying with an IQ Recognised Training Centre such as MATA?

As an Industry Qualifications (IQ) ‘Recognised Training Centre’ MATA is set apart from other training academies as it means we have met all of the standards required by IQ such as quality assurance, learner support, fair testing etc.) and offer customised qualifications especially created for the non-surgical cosmetic industry.

IQ has been approved by the government to provide assessment, certification and qualifications. Qualifications such as ‘A’ levels, GCSEs, BTECs NVQs etc. can only be issued by recognised awarding bodies. MATA offers accredited qualifications in laser and light therapies, laser tattoo removal and injectable therapies. This means our qualifications are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that unlike other training programmes out there, they meet specific criteria and quality standards.

MATA offers Level 4 (the equivalent of a foundation degree) Awards and Certificates that you can study at your own pace, using our VLE (virtual learning environment) as well as forums and discussions, then practical hands-on training with clinical experts. Our accredited courses have been endorsed and approved by industry bodies such as the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) and insurance bodies such as Hamilton Fraser. This shows that our courses meet the expected professional standards of quality, integrity and assessment, with relevant content and our courses will be valuable for both your personal and professional development.

MATA Holds its First Laser Hair Removal Course!

This weekend saw the first MATA Laser Hair Removal course held in London’s prestigious Harley Street taught by our expert clinical laser trainer Graham Bisset. With several models available for maximum practical experience, the delegates gained a great deal of ‘hands on’ training to ensure they felt comfortable to carry out treatments upon completion of the course. Rhian Bhattoa, 22, a Beauty NVQ Level 3 student who attended the course said “compared to other courses I have done, the MATA Laser Hair Removal Course was much more useful as Graham showed us his techniques of lasering, gave us feedback throughout to let us know how we were doing and taught us ways to identify skin types. The models for the practical sessions had different skin types which was great as we used various settings and it’s helpful for the future when working in a clinic. I left the course feeling very confident in performing this procedure.”

If you’re a healthcare professional or beauty therapist NVQ Level 3 or above and interested in boosting your medical aesthetics career, contact our friendly team for more information on our next course dates.