Cosmetech Maypole Clinic

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Cosmetech Maypole Clinic's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Cosmetech Maypole Clinic is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.cosmetech.co.uk

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Co-founder and Managing
Director Lena Gillespie
Clinics in Holywood, County
Down and Chelsea, London
Cosmetech offers non-surgical cosmetic treatments
in two locations: The Maypole Clinic in Holywood,
Northern Ireland, and The Chelsea Private Clinic in
Chelsea, London. Unlike many other clinics in this sector our
treatments are administered by a team of consultant surgeons
who specialise in reconstructive, plastic and maxillofacial
surgery across both the NHS and the private sector. Director
Lena Gillespie explains that her team understand the anatomy
and physiology of the face, which positions them perfectly to
achieve the standards promised at Cosmetech.
We were founded in 2006 in Holywood, County Down when a gap was identified
in the market for non-surgical cosmetic treatments. At this time, botox and
dermal fillers were starting to become mainstream for the general public in an
unregulatedindustry.
My business partner, Mr Ashok Songra, is a maxillofacial consultant surgeon with a
specialist interest in non-surgical treatments after reconstructive surgery. We used
his unique position and expertise to drive the business forward for people who
were looking for non-surgical treatments and who understood the importance of
such knowledge and experience.
Led by clinical and surgical excellence
In 2011, we relocated to our flagship Maypole Clinic in Holywood. This was
in response to increased demand and as the business was thriving, we were
FACTS ABOUT
COSMETECH MAYPOLE CLINIC
»Co-founder and Managing
Director: Lena Gillespie
»Established in 2006
»Based in Holywood, County
Down
»Services: Non-surgical anti-
ageing treatments
»No. of employees: 43
Cosmetech Maypole
Clinic
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Co-founder and Managing
Director Lena Gillespie
Clinics in Holywood, County
Down and Chelsea, London
Cosmetech offers non-surgical cosmetic treatments
in two locations: The Maypole Clinic in Holywood,
Northern Ireland, and The Chelsea Private Clinic in
Chelsea, London. Unlike many other clinics in this sector our
treatments are administered by a team of consultant surgeons
who specialise in reconstructive, plastic and maxillofacial
surgery across both the NHS and the private sector. Director
Lena Gillespie explains that her team understand the anatomy
and physiology of the face, which positions them perfectly to
achieve the standards promised at Cosmetech.
We were founded in 2006 in Holywood, County Down when a gap was identified
in the market for non-surgical cosmetic treatments. At this time, botox and
dermal fillers were starting to become mainstream for the general public in an
unregulatedindustry.
My business partner, Mr Ashok Songra, is a maxillofacial consultant surgeon with a
specialist interest in non-surgical treatments after reconstructive surgery. We used
his unique position and expertise to drive the business forward for people who
were looking for non-surgical treatments and who understood the importance of
such knowledge and experience.
Led by clinical and surgical excellence
In 2011, we relocated to our flagship Maypole Clinic in Holywood. This was
in response to increased demand and as the business was thriving, we were
FACTS ABOUT
COSMETECH MAYPOLE CLINIC
»Co-founder and Managing
Director: Lena Gillespie
»Established in 2006
»Based in Holywood, County
Down
»Services: Non-surgical anti-
ageing treatments
»No. of employees: 43
Cosmetech Maypole
Clinic
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HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
in a position to purchase our own
premises. This clinic holds a D1
medical licence, and spans 5,000
square feet, complete with 13
consultation and treatment rooms.
We did not require the entire site,
and independently rented the
building to other healthcare providers,
adding another revenue stream to
thebusiness.
Our expansion continued in 2013
when we opened The Chelsea Private
Clinic, which occupies over 3,000
square feet with 11 consultation and
treatment rooms. There’s a team of
more than 40 people across the two
sites, and while both clinics perform
similar treatments, including botox,
dermal filler and threadlifts, Chelsea
also offers colonic hydrotherapy and
wellbeingtreatments.
A key element of our success is
our status as a consultant surgeon-
led clinic which is associated with
excellence. Northern Ireland has a
small population and the majority
of consultants and doctors still work
within the NHS and private practice.
Northern Ireland: perfect for
our work
Northern Ireland has one of the
leading maxillofacial units in the world
as a result of injuries sustained during
the Troubles. As such, we knew there
were a number of specialists in this
field who had an interest in cosmetic
treatments, something developed from
their therapeutic requirements post-
reconstructive surgery.
On the back of this expertise, we have
also established our own training
academy. This was crucial to the
development of our business, and
assisted with the training of our own
team. This helps to set a benchmark
and develops our image as an industry
leader, as we train on average five
doctors a month to perform botox and
dermal filler treatments.
Regulatory challenges in
aesthetics
Although this is presently an
unregulated industry, we have always
been passionate about achieving the
Cosmetech Chelsea
At present, any
unqualified
person can
obtain potentially
dangerous
dermal fillers and
inject them in a
non-clinical
environment
which will
obviously
increase the
associated
treatment
risks
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highest possible standards. We have
always been vigilant in selecting the
best quality of injectable products,
which have the highest safety profile,
and these treatments are only
administered by trained doctors in a
clinical environment.
At present, any unqualified person can
obtain potentially dangerous dermal
fillers and inject them in a non-clinical
environment which will obviously
increase the associated treatment risks.
The general public are not aware that
some of the risks from dermal fillers
can include instant death, strokes
and blindness. There is not a day that
goes by without a story in the media
concerning botched botox or dermal
filler treatments.
We would welcome the introduction
of regulation to protect both the
public and the industry. Competition
is healthy in any business environment
,but because there is a lack of any
significant regulation, competitors can
choose to buy low-cost and dangerous
products which can be administered by
someone with no medical knowledge.
The UK is one the least regulated
countries in Europe in our field, so
far so that it is often nicknamed the
“wild wild West” at international
industry conventions. This year, new
CQC regulation has been implemented
for threadlifts to the UK mainland,
although it remains an unregulated
activity in Northern Ireland.
In spite of success with this one
example of an injectable treatment,
there are still many other treatments
that remain unregulated. This positive
progress leaves us confident about the
future of regulation, but there is still
much to be done if we are to ensure
professional standards are maintained
and the public are protected from
unscrupulous operators.
The general
public are not
aware that
some of the
risks from
dermal fillers
can include
instant death,
strokes and
blindness
An environment that
promotes clinical
excellence

www.cosmetech.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Cosmetech Maypole Clinic. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development