Guidance and competences for GPs with Extended Roles in dermatology and skin surgery

The guidance and competences for GPs with Extended Roles (GPwERs) for Dermatology and Skin Surgery includes the curriculum and core competences required to be accredited as a GPwER in Dermatology and Skin Surgery. 

This guidance has been revised and updated by the British Association of Dermatologists, the Primary Care Dermatology Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners.



In order to be eligible for GPwER accreditation, applicants must hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice Registration (CEGPR), formerly a Statement of Eligibility for Registration, from the General Medical Council (GMC) or Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board (PMETB), or a Certificate of Prescribed Experience from the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (JCPTGP). 

In addition, candidates must:
  • currently hold a licence to practise according to the GMC
  • be on the GP register 
  • be participating in annual medical appraisal covering full scope of practice, which meets GMC requirements for revalidation
  • to have undertaken at least 40 core (undifferentiated) general practice sessions in the 12 months prior to application (please contact the team if you wish to apply for accreditation but are unable to meet this requirement)
The RCGP accreditation of GPwER in Dermatology and Skin Surgery is a single process, open to two groups of individuals:
  • Those seeking accreditation through a nationally recognised process for the first time
  • Those seeking transition from a recognised GPwSI status – this is only suitable for those individuals who have been accredited through the 2007/2011 Department of Health guidelines for GPwSI in dermatology, skin surgery, and community skin cancer services
As part of the process for acquiring the necessary evidence for accreditation there needs to be input from clinical supervisors, a role defined as a specialist in the relevant extended role or another health professional supervising within their sphere of competence in relation to what is being assessed. Some aspects of accreditation, such as the clinical supervisor’s report, require the expertise of a senior clinical supervisor, which unless there are exceptional circumstances would normally be a consultant or an RCGP accredited GPwER working in the same scope of practice. If there is no local senior clinical supervisor, please refer to the FAQs.
If you have any questions that are not answered by the FAQs, please contact the GPwER accreditation office.


The accreditation costs £499, with a rate of £449 for candidates who have been previously accredited and are eligible to submit an alternative portfolio. 

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