Practices trial nurse-led group appointments for dermatology patients

Practices in Birmingham are trialling nurse-led group appointments for patients with skin conditions, inspired by schemes in the US and Germany.

These sessions involve patients with similar concerns attending a presentation about their condition, and meeting in a group led by a nurse, before an individual consultation.

Julie Panter, dermatology nurse at the Laurie Pike Health Centre in Birmingham, said the new approach would allow more patients to be seen for education and follow-up.

‘The aim of the group appointments is to ensure that all patients have the opportunity for education and to ask questions in an environment which will be more relaxed than a standard consultation,' she said.

The group appointments will be for about eight patients and will be longer than individual appointments.

Each session will cover the practicalities of managing the condition, with treatments demonstrated and written information and management plans available for patients to take home.

Patients will be seen in clinics and then booked into group education sessions, ideally within the following two weeks.

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