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Setting Up A Service

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.

Psychodermatology is a recognised sub-specialty, however lack of awareness among dermatologists and limitation of resources make the management of these patients challenging. Download our 'Setting Up A Service' document for help and advice.

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