Wednesday 11th March, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

ACE Group 2020 Conference

ACE Group 2020 Conference
ACE Group 2020 Conference

Wednesday 11th March, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The ACE Group was delighted at the attendance and feedback from their inaugural 2020 national conference at Birmingham Repertory theatre with nearly 300 delegates in attendance. Situated in the heart of Birmingham's busy theatre and nightlife district and famous Jewellery Quarter, the venue proved to be very popular due to its location, audiovisual capabilities, helpful staff and catering facilities.

Complications are daunting no matter how experienced the practitioner and the 2020 conference mainly focused on how to avoid complications, their recognition and their management.

A report from the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group annual conference
A report from the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group annual conference

The importance of face-to-face diagnosis, early intervention and the use of an evidence-based approach were highlighted throughout the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group (ACE) Group conference on March 11.

Co-founder and chair of the ACE Group Dr Martyn King opened the day, welcoming 400 delegates to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre for its first conference of its size. He explained that the ACE Group is the UK’s largest organisation with 4,029 members and provides evidence-based peer reviewed guidelines to assist aesthetic practitioners in dealing with a range of complications, as well as a social media forum and emergency helpline. Dr King also brought attention to the interactive questioning tool, which was utilised throughout the day, and the branded delegate bag, which contained the Group’s newly published complications book as well as Clinisept+, supplied by aesthetic distributor AestheticSource. He also welcomed the conference’s two exhibitors, Hamilton Fraser Cosmetic Insurance and Acre Pharmacy, which were supplying cost-price emergency kits.

Morning Session
Morning Session

Aesthetic practitioner Dr Cormac Convery then discussed the causes and treatments of delayed onset nodules. In his talk, he suggested the industry look to change this concept to late and delayed onset nodules (LaSONs) as he believes it is more encompassing of the three subtypes of infection/biofilm, granuloma and type IV hypersensitivity reaction.

Aesthetic pharmacist Gillian Murray followed, discussing when and when not to treat, providing different patient case studies as examples and advising upon risk mitigation. Aesthetic nurse Emma Davies provided her top tips for patient consultations, going over the assessment, treatment advice, consent and aftercare. She suggested that practitioners should remember to get the patient’s social history to help with the treatment and management planning.

Tips for dealing with an aesthetic emergency were then covered by aesthetic nurse Linda Mather, who discussed the ACE Group’s emergency hotline, which is open to all members.

Aesthetic practitioner Dr Lee Walker then presented his top considerations for treating the lips, highlighting the need for practitioners to inject superficially for safer injections and to avoid the philtral column.

Afternoon Session
Afternoon Session

The afternoon featured talks from Dr King, Dr Walker and Murray as well as a panel discussion featuring all speakers, as well as nurse prescriber and ACE Group founding member Sharon King. Dr King shared dozens of images from the ACE Group Facebook forum, educating delegates about the differences between a vascular occlusion and a bruise, and Dr Walker explored the anatomical considerations to avoid dermal filler complications in the face, highlighting that there is no such thing as a low-risk area. Murray, Dr Convery and Dr King all then discussed the causes, diagnosis and treatment approaches for vascular occlusions, highlighting the need for fast intervention and support from colleagues when necessary.

Feedback from the Chairperson
Feedback from the Chairperson

Dr King said he was extremely proud following the event, and commented, “The feedback has been amazing, not only with the presentations and educational content, but also the conference organisation, venue, catering and the delegate packs which included all of our guidelines in a hardback book. Some delegates have even commented that it is the best conference they have ever attended.”

Dr King added, “I would like to personally thank all board members who have worked tirelessly, giving up their own time, not only to make the conference a huge success, but also the work behind the scenes in producing and updating guidelines and helping practitioners in need.”

Following the success of the day, Dr King confirmed that the ACE Group is planning to run another conference in 2021, with the date yet to be released.

Sharon King, Conference Organiser and Board Member
Sharon King, Conference Organiser and Board Member

Sharon King, who played an integral part in the event’s organisation, said, “This is the first time that I have planned and organised a conference or event of this magnitude. We wanted this conference to be different so the emphasis was not only to provide good educational content, but to give delegates something that was actually useful. We purposely wanted the sole focus to be around complication prevention and management and for that reason didn’t take any sponsorship from manufacturers and suppliers but the donation of Clinisept+ was very welcome so thank you to AestheticSource.”

ACE Group 2020 Conference Programme

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Feedback from the delegates

Testimonials

“Well done was fantastic”, “It was a great venue choice too! Xx”, “I really enjoyed the conference and definitely feel like it achieved my learning requirements. Well done all & thanks!”, “Brilliant day x”, “Great Day, thanks to all putting it together that took some organising x”, “Done ✅, great event loved every minute thanks for all you do x”, “Thank you 🙏”, “Thanks for an amazing day Emma and team 👏👏”, “Fabulous day, many thanks x”, “💕 Brill day….but I’m never injecting again 😂😂”, “Great day highly recommended 👍”, “Brilliant day thankyou xxx”, “Thankyou for a great conference x”, “Fabulous day thank you all x”, “The conference was brilliant thank you. It was very clear how much time and effort went into organizing the day . Thanks to you all . Xx”, “Excellent day, a credit to you all. Thank you all.”, “Thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile thanks 💙❤️”, “Thank you all for putting on a brilliant day! Thoroughly enjoyed it x”, “It really was informative and gave a lot of food for thought on skill knowledge and training”, “Thanks to the committee for all your hard work organising such a fantastic day 👏”, “Thank you to the team. A brilliant, informative day 👏”, “Was a fabulous day very informative and interactive xx”, “An excellent conference! Thankyou All for all your hard work & support”, “It really was a fabulous day.”, “Really nice to feel part of something caring. Sadly not use to this in NHS”, “Fantastic day, such a great approachable supportive team – thank you”, “Very informative day. Thank you to all of those who presented, sharing their knowledge and experience, and all those involved in the behind the scenes organisation. Great job!”, “Excellent Presentations, all the board members work tirelessly to improve the safety and help practitioners. I have had the pleasure of direct training from some of these members over my 16 years of practice, their knowledge and dedication is commendable. Keep up your fantastic work and thank you for supporting all of us. The book is amazing and will be in my First Aid bag everywhere I go 👌👏”, “Fabulous conference.. extremely relevant to practice. Enjoyed every second .. learnt all through 👍”, “The conference was an invaluable learning experience, was so helpful learning from such experts and knowing there’s help a phone call away is so reassuring! Thankyou all so much!!x”, “Brilliant, educational day!”, “Thank you so much for such an educational, invaluable day. Very worthwhile so thanks for organising 😊”, “A serious and superb day focusing on what we actually need to know in our aesthetics practice. Concentrating on the areas of practice with the most common complications. The whys and hows and how to manage based on the evidence”, “It was great day thank you x”, “Very enjoyable, educational. The few technical glitches were handled well. Inspirational speakers. Well done..Thank you..”, “Excellent day, full of knowledge and education that is so useful for us in our practices.”, “What a day this is exactly what a practitioners conference should be about giving us answers to questions and showing us the way – revisiting all this again has been amazing with great education – we thrive on it”, “Would like to thank the organisers and all the speakers on an amazing, informative conference. I know our profession feels a little down hearted at the moment, especially with all the non medical competition so it was really nice to be around like minded people who are striving to remain up to date and equipt to deal with any medical emergencies that may arise. I felt very informed and empowered leaving the auditorium (and a little scared lol). Thanks again, can’t wait for the next one”, “Fantastic venue with a good selection of tasty refreshments, plenty of alcohol gel available for use, good topics selected and covered by excellent presentations and fab goodies to take home.”, “Brilliant day and informative! Thank you xx”, “What a super informative day. It’s really equipped me to improve my practice and given me so much to consider as I strive to become a safer injector. Thank you ACE”, “This day was one to remember! Educational and professional presentations! Thank you for organising this amazing event!”, “Brilliant course, well organised. Great for networking. 👍”, “So pleased I was able to attend the ACE conference it was an amazing day in Birmingham! Thank you to you all at ACE who made this day such a success and possible in these challenging times .Good to have the opportunity to meet the Experts face to face and reconnect with one of my favourite tutors Lee Walker. It gives peace of mind to know that there is someone there at the end of the telephone to guide me in case of serious complications. Excellent informative presentations and goody pack with that wonderful book! Thanks again”, “Dr Walker in his stride ! NO BLACK T SHIRT REQUIRED !!”