As a practising GP, you will know that one of the most common reasons your patients consult with you is for skin conditions—reports have shown that there are over 13 million primary care consultations for skin disease in the UK each year.1,2
You will also be aware that dermatology is considered to be an area where there is a lack of GP training and support, and there have been calls for improvements.3–5 So, if you are a GP who lacks confidence in diagnosing and managing skin conditions, you are not alone!
Content related to dermatology has always proved to be popular with GPs on the OnMedica website. We are now producing more dermatology content than ever before in the form of quick case-based quizzes, clinical image resources, news reports, regulatory alerts, and abstracts on the latest research related to skin conditions.
Our aim is to help you keep up to date quickly and easily, and a lot of our content has been designed to be digested in under 10 minutes. During the current climate and added pressures and increased workload brought on by the pandemic,6 it is important that learning activities can be fitted around the reality of a GP’s busy work day.
If you want to trial some of our recent OnMedica content, we have some open-access materials available, including case-based quizzes for a quick knowledge check on how to diagnose and manage patients who present with itchy skin:
- A 39-year-old patient presents with an itchy rough patch on the nape of her neck—how would you advise her?
- Why not try our case-based quiz about a patient presenting with itchy painful bumps on the lower legs—can you identify this mystery condition?
Other recent resources that are available open access include our popular research round-up on skin manifestation of COVID-19.
All of our dermatology content and resources are free to UK-based GPs and clinicians, and becoming a member of OnMedica will bring you access to content and CPD covering a wide range of skin conditions, including:
- actinic keratosis
- COVID: dermatological signs
- hair loss
- scalp disorders
- skin lesions.
Join your GP colleagues and receive regular dermatology updates
Being a member of OnMedica will ensure that you are notified as soon as new dermatology content and learning activities are published. We also have content available across a wide range of other clinical areas, and you can tailor your updates in line with your areas of interest. OnMedica is free for all UK-based GPs and clinicians (worth £180/year). Why not join today?
With best wishes,
The OnMedica Editoral Team
- Schofield J, et al. Skin conditions in the UK: A health needs assessment. Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, University of Nottingham: 2009.
- Schofield J, et al. Skin conditions are the commonest new reason people present to general practitioners in England and Wale British Journal of Dermatology 2011; 165 (5): 1044–50.
- Razzaque A. More dermatology training needed for GPs. Health Awareness: January 2019.
- Le Roux E, et al. The content and conduct of GP consultations for dermatology problems: a cross-sectional study. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70 (699): e723–e730.
- Patients Association highlights lack of dermatology training and primary care support. British Journal of Family Medicine. May 2017.
- Cambs LMC website. General practice COVID-19 capacity & workload transfer analysis. November 2020.