About the Course

Welcome to the Skills for Dermatology information pages

Skills for Dermatology is an online course from the Medway School of Pharmacy. It is principally aimed at community pharmacists, but the vast majority of the content is also suitable for pharmacists in different settings and for other healthcare professionals working in primary care who want to enhance their learning in dermatology. Successful completion of the course results in the award of 10 academic credits at level 7 (master’s level). The course is part of the Skills training package from Medway School of Pharmacy. Pharmacists who have completed Skills for MURs (Medicines Use Reviews) will be familiar with the method of course delivery and assessment used as they are similar.

Skills for Dermatology came about as a result of research into urgent care service provision by community pharmacists which highlighted skin conditions and complaints as one of the main reasons why people consult a community pharmacist.

There is a huge potential role for pharmacists in the care of those with skin problems both for over the counter sales for acute complaints and in supporting patients with long-term skin conditions. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat the common skin conditions presented in primary care. It can also serve as useful underpinning knowledge for anyone thinking of developing their clinical skills in this area further, with perhaps a view to prescribing in dermatology in the future.

Course structure

Skills for Dermatology is made up of two elements:
  1. Learning materials in the form of nine modules
  2. Assessment module

Students will register and pay for the course online using the registration page. The course costs £220 and this includes the assessment module. Subsequent assessment attempts will cost £75, up to a maximum of three attempts in total. Once successfully registered you will be sent log in details. This will allow you access to the nine modules and one assessment attempt.