Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with the structure, functions and appearance of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes (mouth and genitalia), and the impacts on these of both primary and systemic diseases. It is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.
Achievement of the NCP Dermatology to date include:
The appointment of over ten dermatologists has increased access to dermatology services with a consequent increase in activity levels. Compared to figures from 2009 there is a 40% increase in new patients, 10% increase in reviews and 20 % increase in the numbers of patients seen.
The programme is collaborating with the Out-Patient Service Performance Improvement Programme to develop pathways and support sustainable solutions to waiting list for dermatology services.
The work of revising the model of care for dermatology to incorporate the Hospital Groups and Community Healthcare Organisation is in progress and completion is expected in 2016. The programme supports the development of integrated networks of dermatology care involving colleagues in primary care to ensure that patients receive treatment in the right place at the right time, first time.
The programme will use the data collected in the Dermatology Services Mapping Survey 2015 in order to identify deficits and develop plans to support services in ensuring resources and facilities are optimised to deliver safe, high quality, and cost effective care in the most appropriate setting.
Completion and development of clinical guidance and pathways for common dermatological conditions will support standardised evidence based care.
The development of education resource for healthcare staff will support the successful implementation of care pathways and clinical guidance.
Engagement with National Cancer Control Programme in the development of non-melanoma skin cancer guidance began in 2015 and is still progressing.
Facilitating self-care/self management is a key goal of dermatology health care policy and involves the patients, pharmacists, general practitioners, dermatologists and nursing. The programme will collaborate strategic partners to support public awareness and resources to enable self-management.