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Dermatology pocket guide: common skin conditions explained


  • Released: 06/2014
  • Study time: 2h:0m
  • Only available to GPhC members

This guide supports you to improve your knowledge and skills to identify common skin conditions in adults and children and to improve patient outcomes. You will learn how to treat and when to refer. The guide offers you practical advice for topical treatments.

Please note: this learning programme has been developed and provided by NHS Education for Scotland. CPPE is grateful to our colleagues for allowing access to this programme. Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Scottish policies and organisations.

Learning objectives

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

  • explain the structure and role of skin
  • demonstrate your approach to identifying skin conditions with particular reference to patient history
  • list the five most common skin conditions in adults and children
  • list the first-line treatment of the five most common skin conditions in adults and children
  • identify symptoms that require referral for each skin condition
  • explain practical advice for topical treatments.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can open this programme as a PDF in your web browser. We recommend that you download and save it to your computer and view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view this programme on your tablet device you can download the PDF and open it within a free PDF reader app. We have tested this type of programme in a few apps and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees