Intended for healthcare professionals

Dermatology Education Programmes for People with Skin Conditions and/or their Families and Carers


During the frst wave of the coronavirus pandemic, skin issues in health care workers (HCW) wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were a signifcant problem. In January it became clear that the second wave would be very large. At the peak, the Barts Health NHS Trust had 835 COVID-positive inpatients and 263 intensive care unit (ICU) beds (one of the largest ICUs in Europe). A package of dermatology care was devised and rolled out to educate, support and treat the HCWs’ skin issues. This included information leafets, videos and virtual clinics. In addition, central to the whole programme, were pop-up dermatologist clinics to help the HCW during their breaks and between shifts. Over a 10-week period, 796 HCW were seen and treated. Advice, information leafets, free samples and free prescriptions were provided. The clinics helped keep staf at work at a time of acute staf shortages.

Dermatology in practice 2021; 27(4): 102–102
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