The Skin Support website was developed by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) using a grant awarded by the Department of Health's Innovation Fund in 2013. The aim of the project was to bring together leading experts in the field of psychodermatology and patients, with input from patient support groups, to develop a website to support people in psychological distress due to skin conditions.
The website is designed as a hub to provide a wealth of information on various skin conditions, self-help materials and support services. Some of this material comes from pre-existing BAD resources, such as our Patient Information Leaflets (PILS), others have been developed specifically for this website by a panel of experts, and many more are hosted on external websites.
The BAD is a charity whose charitable objects are the practice, teaching, training and research of dermatology. It works with the UK Department of Health, patient bodies and commissioners across the UK, advising on best practice and the provision of dermatology services across all service settings.
Here are some links and resources.
Where the Mind and skin interact: Psychiatric Times
Psychodermatology Working Party Report
How to set up a Psychodermatology clinic
Psychodermatology is a recognized sub-specialty, however lack of awareness among dermatologists and limitation of resources make the management of these patients challenging. Download the paper.
For more information, please contact:
Dr Janet Angus
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Upper Maudlin St
Bristol BS2 8HW