Special Procedures in Wales (F2F Conference)

Practical training day

Early bird price: £99 – book by 12 April

Standard price: £139 – all bookings from 13 April

How do I pay? Please click the book now button to complete the online booking. If your local authority does not allow credit card payments, please speak to our contact centre on 020 7827 5800 or email [email protected].


About this workshop

We’re bringing local authority officers together for an interactive training event dedicated to the preparation and implementation of the special procedures mandatory licensing scheme in Wales.

Through a series of workshop sessions, delegates will gain a practical insight into the performance of the special procedures designated in the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017:

  • Acupuncture
  • Body piercing
  • Electrolysis
  • Tattooing including semi-permanent makeup

These sessions will be followed by an open forum to discuss feedback in the context of the requirements of the licensing scheme. The training day will be complemented by exhibitions from a range of stakeholders and trade suppliers.


Training outcomes:

  • Benefit from productive interaction between industry and local authority officers
  • Familiarise yourself with how each special procedure is performed and the controls measure applied to minimise adverse health impacts
  • Learn about the preparation and use of equipment and products
  • Improve your awareness of common decontamination practices, and the setting up and cleaning down of workstations
  • Recognise the impact of industry practices on infection prevention and control

Who should attend:

Local authority officers involved in the implementation of the mandatory licensing scheme in Wales. In particular those undertaking inspections of licence holders, as well as Public Health Wales health protection staff involved in the response to cases and outbreaks of infection associated with special procedures. 

  • Environmental Health Practitioners
  • Environmental Health Technicians
  • Licensing Officers
  • Public Health Wales health protection professionals

CPD: 7 hours

Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott CEnvH FCIEH, President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Mark took up the position of CIEH President on 1 January 2024. Mark has previously served as both a Trustee and Chair at CIEH; he has been a member since 1978 and is now retired, with his most recent employment having been as Head of Public Protection at Pembrokeshire County Council. Prior to this, he was an Environmental Health Practitioner at a number of Welsh local authorities. He has also served as Chair of Environmental Health Wales and as a member of OFCOM’s Advisory Committee for Wales.

Kathryn Darwin

Kathryn Darwin, Commercial Business Manager for Studex, UK and ROI. Kathryn joined Studex in 2002 and has worked throughout the business that services piercing partners, from independent salons, jewellers and pharmacies through to large retail chains. Having started in a business development role before working as a Sales and Training Consultant, Kathryn is passionate about Studex’s HABIA-endorsed training programme for piercing and the ongoing support provided to partners. Working with local authorities and local government for the registration and licensing of cosmetic piercing, Kathryn is dedicated to promoting compliance and best practices within the Studex training programmes and promoting safe piercing.

Dr Sarah Jones

Dr Sarah Jones, Team Manager, Communicable Disease and Health and Safety, Welsh Government. Sarah has over 35 years’ experience as an Environmental Health Officer. She started her career as a district EHO South Wales. Upon completion of her Masters in Public Health she took a lecturing role at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She then moved into the private sector for eight years and after completing her PhD, she returned to local government where she worked as a Team Manager in Communicable Disease and Health and Safety, Shared Regulatory Services. Since 2018, she has been on secondment to Welsh Government leading on the implementation of Part 4 of the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017. She has been working with local authorities, industry and public health partners to prepare for the implementation of the Mandatory Licensing Scheme for Special Procedures.

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