The cosmetic procedures industry is under close scrutiny as policy makers and clinicians debate how to regulate it more tightly in the interests of patient safety, with a recent independent review chaired by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh advising that anyone having cosmetic procedures should be better protected.

In recent years, the use of lasers and other high-intensity light sources in health and beauty treatments has expanded dramatically. Today, lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL) and LEDs are widely used in processes such as skin treatments, hair removal and eyesight correction, so it is vital that all staff engaged in cosmetic/aesthetic treatments receive the best possible training.

To meet this need, eIntegrity’s eLaser e-learning programme provides Core of Knowledge training, as recommended by the MHRA (Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency)*, in the safe use of lasers and other forms of optical radiation. Developed in the UK by The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare – part of Health Education England – eLaser provides eight separate lessons, each 30-40 minutes long, covering all aspects of the safe use of lasers.

The programme structure encourages learners to plan and record their learning and reflect on their clinical practice and techniques, with lessons including images, videos and animations to create an engaging learning experience that fosters deeper learning and understanding. An assessment programme at the end of the course tests that the relevant knowledge has been acquired and a ‘Pass’ standard achieved, with all users successfully completing the course and assessment awarded a BAPRAS-endorsed certificate.

For just £100 (exc. VAT) each user can access the eLaser programme online for a full 12 months, giving them plenty of time to complete the eight e-learning modules and enabling improved staff training in the use of lasers and IPLs at a significantly reduced cost.