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Russell " ;. All rights reserved. Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? Current clinical practice. Print book : English View all editions and formats. Skin -- Diseases. Primary care Medicine View all subjects. People affected by skin conditions and their carers can directly access or be signposted by healthcare professionals to sources of information and support, and it is suitable for commissioners of services for people suffering from skin conditions.
This Dermatology Toolkit was developed in partnership with a stakeholder group comprising of 13 members including; GPs, GPs with extended roles in Dermatology, Dermatology consultants, a Dermatology Nurse, a patient representative, committee members of the Primary Care Dermatology Society and representatives of a commissioning organisation. A dermatoscope is a handheld device that combines 10x magnification with light and a polarising filter to eliminate surface reflection.
This enables the colour and structures in the skin that are not visible with the naked eye or ordinary magnification to be seen. With a burgeoning rise in referrals to dermatology services, there is a need to improve the ability of primary healthcare professionals to triage skin lesions suspicious for skin cancer more accurately. This could reduce both referrals and unnecessary skin surgery for obviously benign lesions, and increase timely access for patients suffering from skin lesions and conditions which need specialist care.
In the same way that GPs use stethoscopes, auroscopes and ophthalmoscopes to aid diagnosis, dermatoscopes and dermoscopy training can become uniform practice in primary care to improve skin lesion recognition skills. The following tools may be used in diagnosing and managing patients suffering from a skin condition. A review-based journal which is free to subscribe to. Quarterly bulletins are produced with an array of clinical articles, practical guides and case studies.
Skin of Colour resource. The following tools can be used in clinic to guide treatments and need for specialist referral. There are a wide variety of topical corticosteroids available. They can also be used as a wash soap substitute. Many skin conditions are long term and require high levels of self-care and monitoring. The following resources can be used to support patients in understanding their skin condition, as well as signposting them to peer support groups. Prescription prepayment certificates can be applied for online, through pharmacies or by telephone, and can enable savings on prescriptions when regular prescriptions are being charged.
There are several accredited courses for dermoscopy training, as well as an array of online learning opportunities, dermoscopy blogs, apps, and books. Interpretation of dermoscopic features. Useful books for beginners include:. The following resources can be accessed by clinicians to further their understanding and confidence in supporting patients with dermatological conditions.
MIMS learning. Pulse learning. A collection of the evidence for the accuracy of diagnostic tests for all types of skin cancer. Quality Improvement QI is an evidence-based approach to continuously improve the quality of healthcare by embedding new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice. Figure 1: QI cycle.