Dermatology self referral
There are a range of resources available for people with skin conditions on the NHS website from patient support groups and professional organisations, including the British Association of Dermatologists, the Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
The British Skin Foundation provides an online Know Your Skin A-Z to help people find out about their skin condition.
Access to emotional and psychological support plays an important role in supporting self-care. Patients can self-refer to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), such as cognitive behavioural therapy, to help with common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.
Psychodermatology techniques and resources, such as mindfulness and habit reversal, can also help people with long-term skin conditions and are typically used to complement other therapies. Skin Support and Atopic Skin Disease, online communities for practitioners and patients, can provide further information.