The National Clinical Programme for Dermatology reports to the National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead for Primary Care, HSE and works very closely with the Acute Hospitals Division

The aim of the programme is to support high quality, efficient and evidenced based dermatology services delivered in a timely manner and close to, those who need it.

The National Clinical Lead is Prof. Anne-Marie Tobin, Consultant Dermatologist in Tallaght University Hospital and the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group is Dr. Michelle Murphy, Consultant Dermatologist, SIVUH.

The Clinical Lead and Programme Manager work together to ensure the delivery of the objectives of the programme and the programme manager is responsible for reporting to the HSE The Clinical Advisory Group provides clinical oversight and strategic guidance to the programme. It is an RCPI committee and all dermatology consultants in Ireland are invited to become members.

The working group is tasked with agreeing and facilitating the implementation of the work-streams devised to deliver the objectives of the programme. The working group is chaired by the Clinical Lead. Sub groups may be established to work on specific work-streams; including members with the required expertise in the area of practice. Collaboration with other programmes is encouraged and facilitated where possible.

Programme Objectives

Continuous review of care pathways for common dermatological conditions including:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Support timely access to secondary care (reduction in waiting lists)

Support all dermatology departments to offer:

  • phototherapy
  • Surgery
  • Patch testing

Support clinical staff education in common dermatological conditions

Development of KPIs for dermatology