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AR94 Recognising and managing acute skin conditions in primary care: A dermatology short course for health care providers

Course summary

This dermatology course is designed for healthcare professionals looking to enhance their knowledge in primary care dermatology and improve patient outcomes for those presenting with acute skin conditions. It is ideal for advanced nurse practitioners, nurse practitioners, primary care nurses, practice nurses, school nurses, and allied health professionals. Whether you are new to dermatology or looking to refresh your skills, this course will provide valuable insights and practical knowledge.

Participants will learn to identify and treat various skin conditions, improving their skills in clinical dermatology. 

Who should attend?

Advanced nurse practitioners
Nurse practitioners
Primary care nurses
Practice nurses
School nurses
Allied health professionals

Important notes

All course material, evaluations and certificate are provided. 

The course runs from 10:00am- 4:30pm

Completion of this course is not a guarantee of competency.


Course duration Course CPD Full price (incl VAT) per person
1 day(s) 7 hour(s) £190


Dates Block size Block discount
11/09/2024 4 10%
26/11/2024 4 10%
20/01/2025 4 10%
17/03/2025 4 10%

Dates / venues

Location - venue Dates No. of people
Online - Online Delivery 11/09/2024
Online - Online Delivery 26/11/2024
Online - Online Delivery 20/01/2025
Online - Online Delivery 17/03/2025

Aims / objectives

By the end of this primary care dermatology course, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct thorough dermatological assessments to identify various acute skin conditions such as infected eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
  • Differentiate between acute and chronic skin conditions using differential diagnosis techniques to ensure accurate identification and treatment.
  • Apply appropriate dermatological treatments for conditions commonly encountered in primary care, including fungal infections and bacterial infections.
  • Be more familiar with pigmented and non-pigmented lesions, enhancing skills in skin cancer detection and improving early referral pathways.
  • Manage dermatological emergencies such as severe drug rashes and blistering conditions, understanding the protocols for immediate and effective care.
  • Recognize when to refer patients to specialist care for advanced treatment and further management of complex skin conditions.

Course programme

Principles of Dermatological Assessment:

  • Introduction to dermatological terminology and skin examination techniques.
  • Understanding skin anatomy and physiology to inform assessments.
  • Utilizing patient history and clinical examination to identify dermatological issues.
  • Best practices for documenting skin conditions.

Common Acute Skin Problems: Diagnosis, Differentials, and Management:

  • Bacterial Infections: Identification, treatment, and management of common bacterial skin infections such as cellulitis and impetigo.
  • Fungal Infections: Diagnosing and treating dermatophyte infections, including tinea and candidiasis.
  • Viral Infections: Recognizing and managing viral skin conditions such as herpes simplex, varicella-zoster (chickenpox and shingles), and molluscum contagiosum.
  • Viral Exanthems: Identifying viral rashes, understanding their etiology, and providing appropriate care.

When Chronic Skin Conditions Become Acute: Recognition and Treatment:

  • Recognizing flare-ups in chronic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and lichen planus.
  • Strategies for managing acute exacerbations and preventing recurrence.
  • Tailoring treatment plans to individual patient needs and monitoring progress.

Assessment of Skin Lesions (Benign Lesions and Skin Cancers):

  • Identifying and differentiating between benign and malignant skin lesions using clinical examination.
  • Understanding the ABCDEs of melanoma and other skin cancer detection criteria.
  • Guidelines for biopsy and referral for suspicious lesions.
  • Management of common benign lesions like seborrheic keratosis and nevi.

Dermatological Emergencies:

  • Recognizing and managing life-threatening dermatological emergencies such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and erythroderma.
  • Rapid assessment and initial treatment protocols for severe drug reactions and blistering diseases.

Case studies and practical exercises 

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