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Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.

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Dermatology: An introduction to managing common skin conditions

  • Released: 12/2023
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 2h:0m

This programme offers you the tools for taking a person-centred dermatological clinical history and recognising the typical signs and symptoms of several common skin conditions. It will also help you, in a community setting, to support people with common skin conditions to self-manage their symptoms. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe the fundamentals of effective skin care
  • develop a dermatological clinical-history-taking help sheet to use in practice
  • describe and recognise the typical signs and symptoms of common skin conditions 
  • recognise some of the red flag symptoms associated with common skin conditions and make appropriate recommendations for referral
  • discuss current treatment options for common skin conditions
  • create your own toolkit of resources and self-care measures to share with people to help them to self-manage their skin condition
  • demonstrate effective shared decision making and person-centred care during a dermatological consultation.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it. You may be taken to another website to complete this programme.

On your tablet device: To access this programme on a mobile device or tablet you may need to download the free Articulate app or you can access this programme through your web browser. If you access this programme on a device with a smaller screen, functionality may be reduced.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists
  • CPPE registrants