The Skin Camouflage Service benefits the patient and the NHS

Health Professionals

The Skin Camouflage Service and the NHS

  • Launched at the request of the Department of Health, NHS health professionals have been referring to the service since 1975
  • We support over 2,000 people in England or Scotland annually, mainly in NHS settings
  • All of the camouflage products that our Practitioners recommend are available on prescription
  • We offer VTCT Training in Skin Camouflage for those who would like to deliver skin camouflage consultations privately or as part of their role in the NHS. This training takes place in our VTCT approved centre in London. For more information please email us

Health and cost benefits of the service

  • Saves the NHS money: As demonstrated by the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, skin camouflage can reduce clinical contact and save the NHS money.1.
  • Reduces patients’ future demands on GPs and other services; for example, mental health and dermatology: “Each year 24% of the population see their GPs for skin disease and 882,000 were referred to dermatologists in England in 2009-10 with 2.474 million consultations. There are 13 million primary care consultations for skin diseases each year”. 2. “We need to have the right words ready, we need to have solutions available such as referral for camouflage”. 3.


  1. 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust leaflet ‘A first in the country; Medical Skin Camouflage in the mental health setting’ (2013) extract. ’A snap shot health economic analysis of two case studies has been completed. This involved looking at two service user care packages. „The cost to Trust‟ 6 month pre and 6 month post Skin Camouflage intervention was evaluated. The evaluation looked at the health economics within the 5 Boroughs, not the wider health and social care economy. The evaluation demonstrated an overall reduction in cost of clinical contact time to the Trust. The average cost reduction being £220 per patient over a 6 month period. Based on 400 patients per annum per practitioner, the projected annual cost reduction to the Trust would be approximately £176k’.
  1. Royal College of Physicians (2011) Consultant physicians working with patients: the duties, responsibilities and practice of physicians in medicine.
  1. Saul K and Thistlethwaite JE (2011) A patient’s journey: Facial disfigurement. BMJ 343: d5203