According to a report by the London Women’s Leadership Network, more nurses are leaving the NHS than joining it, and in 2017 around 400 GPs a month were choosing to move to other organisations. However, at the Derma Institute, we believe that skilled medical professionals don’t have to leave the jobs they love. Instead, we provide doctors and nurses with the skills they need to supplement their NHS income through aesthetic practice, enabling them to offer a range of facial injectable treatments.
Here are 4 reasons why aesthetic practice is an excellent diversification activity:
1. You have greater control over your working hours
Working hours are one of the primary concerns amongst NHS staff, with Napier University’s Employment Research Institute reporting that more NHS workers exceed the 48 hour Working Time Directive limit (13%) than the average across all industries (11%). Experienced medical professionals may be able to minimise NHS hours — particularly unsocial shift working patterns — when supplementing income with aesthetic practice.
2. Aesthetic practice can bridge the pay gap
Further findings from the Employment Research Institute show that more than one third of NHS staff who work overtime feel they are not paid fairly for the additional hours, while 67% of nurses who work through an agency do so because of the better rates of pay. As a rapidly emerging field, aesthetic medicine is proving to be a highly lucrative option, enabling skilled professionals to boost their income and bridge the pay gap.
3. It provides new opportunities for progression
A UK medical qualifiers survey found that the majority of GPs (95% of men and 77% of women) and hospital doctors (97% of men and 86% of women) reach a senior grade within their profession. While this is a very positive fact, it does suggest that many doctors have few opportunities for further career progression down their chosen route. Aesthetic practice opens up new doors for further training and knowledge building.
4. It allows you to keep doing what you love
Despite the large numbers of professionals leaving the NHS, job satisfaction rates are actually very high, suggesting that NHS workers really love doing what they do. Aesthetic practice is perhaps one of the closest diversification activities in terms of job role, and allows trained doctors, nurses, and dentists to continue undertaking tasks such as treating patients, identifying problems, and improving overall quality of life.
Train at the Derma Institute
If you love your role within the NHS, but are looking to supplement your existing position through additional clinic-based practice, aesthetic medicine is a natural career step, enabling you to boost your income while remaining in the medical setting. At the Derma Institute, we offer Level 7 courses in facial injectables including dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, providing you with everything you need to diversify your career.