Setting Up a Psychodermatology Services

Commissioners may erroneously perceive psychodermatology services as costly and

therefore reluctant to fund them. This chapter identifies examples of best practice within the

current provision of psychodermatology services in the UK that could be rolled-out more

widely. It aims to demonstrate how NHS service providers can configure their services to be

resource efficient and clinically efficacious.

As earlier highlighted, primary and secondary care practitioners need to be supported with

adequate training in dermatology, input from specialist mental health practitioners, and

available referral pathways. To establish effective psychodermatology services these factors

need to be addressed at the onset.