Skin conditions are the most common reason for patients to present in primary care. Around 1 in 4 patients visit their GP with skin problems each year. Many skin conditions are chronic, with significant morbidity and requiring high levels of self-care. Skin cancer incidence and dermatology referrals are rising with high demands on secondary care services, and increasingly long delays for dermatology specialist review.Historically GPs have had limited training in Dermatology, and this project recognises the need to support primary healthcare teams to deliver improved quality of care for patients suffering from skin conditions.

Dr Emma Le Roux has led this 12-month project (2018-19) to produce evidenced based resources with the support of key stakeholder representatives from primary care including the Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS), secondary care, nursing, patient and commissioning organisations.

Aims of the Project

This project provides tools to help primary healthcare professionals improve their recognition and management of common skin lesions and conditions.

Key Outputs

Dermatology Toolkit

Podcast: Dermoscopy in Primary Care

Podcast: Eczema - common myths and managing its impact

Intrduction to Dermoscopy workshops - Bristol - 2 May 2019

Clinical Team

Dr Emma Le Roux
RCGP Clinical Champion for Dermatology

Emma is a GP in Gloucestershire, also working as a speciality doctor in Dermatology. She has a research interest and works within the Centre for Academic Primary Care at Bristol University, undertaking primary care dermatology research. She is passionate about supporting primary healthcare professionals in their learning and confidence in caring for patients suffering from skin conditions.

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