It is no secret that doctors are amongst the hardest working professionals in the UK, often working long unsocial hours for the sake of making a difference to another person’s life and well being. Many doctors love the nature of their work, but many also feel undervalued and feel they deserve better pay and recognition for their efforts.
The role of the doctor today can be argued as being very different to many years ago, with many doctors feeling a lack of autonomy in their current job role and reducing levels of respect. Medicine as a career is not for the faint hearted. Whilst many enjoy the thrill of the job, several also feel that a healthy work/life balance and flexibility is almost non-existent.
My name is Zack Ally and I ‘ve just finished my final year in GP training.
I was in a similar situation to many doctors and felt like something was missing. Like many NHS doctors I felt frustrated with the lack of autonomy and respect given to doctors, the intense pressures and targets placed on us, the little time dedicated to patient care and the relatively poor pay for the amount we work.
By the end of my FY1 year I started exploring other options. I wanted to work in an environment where I felt I was properly rewarded for my skills, efforts and knowledge. I wanted to achieve many of the things I felt were missing in my current job role. That is when I discovered the Medical Aesthetics industry.
Many doctors may not be aware of this industry and the potential opportunities it can offer them. The industry really came to light when apprentice winner Leah Totton raised awareness of the vast range of services that can be offered by doctors trained in this field.
For those of you that don’t know, the industry is currently worth $4.4billion dollars and growing. A large aspect of this industry involves the administration of both therapeutic and cosmetic Botox® and Dermal Filler treatments. Treatments are all minimally invasive, non permanent and relatively low risk. Many doctors already have the transferable practical skills to inject making the transition easy. Training is not longwinded and you don’t need to be a specialist or a consultant to practice.
After researching the area in depth I decided to invest in this opportunity. Within 1 month of acquiring these skills I was already established in clinics working alongside my NHS job 1 evening per week and most weekends.
After gaining more experience and clientèle I joined the largest corporates in the country, The Harley Medical Group and Transform where I still currently run 7 clinics per month around London and the South East alongside my training NHS job. The work is nowhere near as tiring, long or as intense as hospital work and I have the flexibility to work as long, or as often as I want, adapting this around my NHS commitments.
I quickly discovered that it was genuinely possible to more than double my NHS income in 3-4 aesthetic clinics per month, and have more flexibility, autonomy and empowerment in my job role. As time went by and my experience grew, I then became an Aesthetic trainer at various institutions before setting up my own company: Derma Medical, where I regularly train Doctors in the latest aesthetic procedures and help them find employment within this booming industry.
At Derma Medical, I’m pleased that we have helped many junior doctors seek alternative, medical-related routes of employment while still utilising their skills. For those already in training, aesthetic work can be taken-on alongside their existing NHS job. Several of our trainees undertake private aesthetic work at weekends, evenings or annual leave, which is very easy to do, and far more lucrative and enjoyable than a 12 hour locum shift. For senior doctors stuck in non-progressive trust grade jobs, aesthetics offers an alternative option for work.
After completion of training, doctors have the ability and freedom to open their own cosmetic company or work for an existing one whilst still in training.
I’ve since managed to expand Derma Medical internationally in other countries like Australia where the market is also quickly growing.
As the Medical Aesthetics industry continues to grow year on year, demand for high quality aesthetic treatments administered by highly skilled medical professionals is crucial if we are to ensure the highest standards in medical cosmetics are met.
At the ACW event on 1st October 2016 I described why Aesthetic Medicine is a fantastic opportunity for doctors, how it could transform your current circumstances and help you enjoy greater wealth, job satisfaction and a better work/life balance.
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