Changing Faces has launched a new free training module

Meeting the psychosocial needs of patients with skin conditions

Changing Faces has launched a new training module, generously funded by Novartis and hosted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The training is a ‘must do’ for health professionals who want to deliver a patient centred and integrated health service.

Skin conditions are extremely common. In a twelve month period, approximately 54% of the UK population experience a skin condition. The most common reasons for seeing a GP are skin infection and eczema. Patients with skin conditions who would benefit from psychosocial support report a lack of knowledge and skills of health professionals, a slow care pathway, lack of joined up care and a lack of information.

Many people adjust to having a visible difference but some need some extra support to help them cope. In 2013 Changing Faces carried out a survey and found that more than half of the respondents found it difficult to find appropriate psychological support. 

Changing Faces has created an easily accessible and simple learning module to make health care professionals more confident in addressing psychosocial concerns. The module teaches professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of distress and anxiety of patients with skin conditions. It also enables them to identify the significance of psychosocial care and their role in carrying out appropriate assessments to measure the impact of a changed appearance as well as the interventions needed as part of their health plans.