Every year, over 540,000 people in the UK acquire a disfiguring condition to their face, hands or body

Ensuring best practice in integrated care for patients with disfiguring conditions

Changing Faces enables health and social care professionals to support patients and families to manage the physical, psychological and social challenges of disfigurement.

Half a million people in the UK have a significant disfigurement affecting their face and many have conditions affecting their bodies. Some are vulnerable to low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

In a society obsessed with ‘good looks’, many find it difficult to attach positive qualities to people who look different or unusual. According to our research, around 65% of adults and 45% of parents/carers do not find the high quality, integrated health and social care they need for themselves, or for a child living with an unusual appearance.

People with conditions, marks, or scars that affect their appearance have told us that knowledgeable, supportive health and social care professionals are crucial in supporting them to finding the treatment package that is best for them.

Changing Faces offers expert advice, training, and resources, to help health and social care professionals in fulfilling their vital role in providing high quality integrated care.

Our ‘Look at Me’ campaign works specifically to raise the awareness of health and social care professionals about the importance of ensuring appropriate psychosocial support for people with skin conditions.

To find out more, check out the links on this page or contact Ivon van Heugten, Policy Advisor in Health, or call 0345 450 0275.