RCGP Curriculum - 15.10 Skin Problems

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 15.10, Skin Problems, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

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Around 15 per cent of GP consultations involve dermatological problems. Skin problems are a common reason for periods of absence from work. The management of skin problems in primary care is therefore a key competence for general practice and is an area in which some GPs will wish to develop a special interest, enabling them to provide an enhanced service in the community.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

In this section you will find articles on:
Symptoms
Acne
Eczema

Psoriasis

Skin infections

Skin tumours
Other conditions
Investigations

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

 

Symptoms

Hair loss
Itch (pruritus)
Lumps in and under the skin
Nail disorders
Photosensitivity and the red face
Pigmented skin lesions
Rashes

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Acne

Eczema

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Psoriasis

Skin infections

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Skin tumours (benign and malignant)

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Other conditions

Leg ulcers and lymphoedema
Less common skin conditions

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Investigations

Ability to take specimens for mycology from skin, hair and nail
Basic interpretation of histology reports
Skin biopsy
Urticaria and vasculitis

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Treatment

Specialised treatments
Indications for and the skills to perform, curettage, cautery and cryosurgery
Principles of protective skin care
Treatments commonly used in primary care

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Emergency care

Angioedema and anaphylaxis

Meningococcal sepsis

Disseminated herpes simplex

Erythroderma

Pustular psoriasis

Severe nodulo-cystic acne

Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Necrotising fasciitis

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Prevention

Sun exposure
Fixed factors: family history and genetics
Occupation and care of the hands

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These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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