The leading experts of the UK Aesthetic Medicine specialty convened online last week for the 2020 British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) first “Virtual Conference.” The first UK organisation of its kind to attempt such an event, leading speakers explored the latest innovations, techniques
and best practice in this burgeoning field of medicine, including complications management, body and weight, women’s health, skin of colour and COVID-19.

Patient demand for aesthetics continues to climb regardless of the pandemic yet patient safety fears remain through the lack of sector regulation. Delegates heard of rising complications from the beauty sector revealed in the College latest data report, drawing on the outcomes of over 280,0000 patient consultations in 2019, data shared with the UK Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC).

Dr Uliana Gout, BCAM President commented: “BCAM is proud to lead the UK Aesthetic Medicine specialty with its first ever virtual conference. The College is the pioneer in the UK in attempting this, and we have delivered fully – 14 hours of content from many of our the sector’s leading experts
over a whole week! We are proud to have risen to the COVID-19 challenge.
‘BCAM is going into its 20th Anniversary year next year in great shape even though 2020 has been the most challenging year in the history of Aesthetic Medicine. BCAM has shown leadership throughout, fact-based leadership, not just opinion, through our work at the highest legal levels plus sharing our unique sectoral oversight data with the Department of Health & Social Care. We strive to fulfil our role in providing clear evidence and information to our Members and colleagues based on facts. Our conference has underlined BCAM’s pivotal role in our specialty.’

Dr Catherine Fairris, Conference Director said: “Real thanks is due to BCAM’s sponsors – Church Pharmacy, HeathXchange, HA Derma, Aesthetic Source, Novo Nordisk, Enhance and Hamilton-Fraser. It is only with their backing that BCAM could attempt this ambitious project. Also a huge thank you to our speakers who joined us from all over world to deliver educational, evidence based and inspirational talks.”
BCAM Chief Executive, Mr Greg White said: “This has been a massive team effort and I am so proud of the College’s Trustees and staff for all their support in bringing this Virtual Conference together it has been a fantastic team effort.”

Patient safety is paramount in Aesthetic Medicine. BCAM continues to work closely with the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) to affirm Aesthetic Medicine as a recognised medical specialty.

BCAM Virtual Conference 2020 programme: