HUDDERSFIELD University has linked up with a pioneering cosmetic surgery course.
The ground-breaking plastic and cosmetic surgery training course has been launched by staff at the BUPA hospital in Leeds, but is being held at the city's St James's Hospital.
The course is the first of its kind in the UK and offers professional qualifications accredited by the university.
It is designed for cosmetic surgery support staff, who care for patients before and after treatment.
The course was created in response to a big increase in demand for cosmetic treatment.
Thanks to celebrities having cosmetic surgery and a drop in costs its popularity has soared in recent years.
The Leeds BUPA hospital reported a 34% increase in cosmetic surgery last year.
As a result, well-trained and knowledgeable support staff are in demand.
The course is available to both independent and NHS staff and credits earned can be put towards a degree or diploma.
The BUPA hospital has worked closely with Prof Simon Kay, a consultant cosmetic surgeon, to create the course.
He said: "There are a lot of talented and caring support staff specialising in cosmetic surgery. Until now there was no outlet for them to gain recognition for their abilities.
"This programme will be instrumental in building on and diversifying the knowledge and experience they already possess."
Gay Dillow, the hospital's cosmetic surgery sister and co-founder of the course and now training on it, said: "Our team in Leeds saw a need for formalised external training for cosmetic surgery support staff.
"In setting up this course we will benefit greatly, as will nurses taking part from all over the country."
Course organisers have worked to bring together leading plastic surgeons and aesthetic consultant surgeons, consultant psychologists and leading nurse practitioners to speak on the course.
The course covers a range of topics, from supporting cosmetic treatment such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and liposuction to patient counselling.
Nurses from all over the country are taking part in the course, being held at the Thackray Medical Museum at St James's Hospital.
* One in 10 women have had cosmetic surgery.
* 96% of women are worried about their bodies.
* BUPA have estimated 75,000 procedures are carried out each year.
* The market last year was worth more than £250m.
THE most popular cosmetic surgery procedures carried out at the BUPA Hospital, Leeds, (pictured) are:
* Cosmetic breast surgery (enlargement/reduction/uplift): £3,800-£5,600.
* Nose reshaping: £3,200- £3,800.
* Facelift: £4,000-£9,000.
* Tummy tuck: £4,250-£5,370.
* Liposuction: £2,000-£5,150.
WOMEN named Demi Moore as the star who has most improved herself with cosmetic surgery, in a recent online survey.
The Hollywood star is said to have spent more than £20,000 on a head-to-toe transformation.
Other celebrity successes included Sharon Osbourne, Pamela Anderson and Goldie Hawn.
But Leslie Ash - whose TV roles included nurse Karen Buckley in Colne Valley drama Where The Heart Is - was voted the celebrity who came off worst after surgery after having collagen injected into her lips.
Cruel commentators reated with horror at her dramatically pumped-up mouth. Even the actress self-mockingly called her look "a trout pout".