Views sought on Skin services in Liverpool

PEOPLE in Liverpool are being asked to comment on proposals designed to improve the way that skin services are delivered. NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is suggesting that specialist skin services, which provide treatment for a wide range of conditions, ranging from eczema and psoriasis, to skin cancer, could be better integrated, with more opportunities for people to be treated closer to home in community clinics. Under the proposals, children’s skin services would be delivered alongside adult services, so that the move into adult services when young people turn 16 would be more straightforward. The CCG also wants people to have better support to manage their own conditions, and for the routes that GPs use to refer patients for specialist treatment or assessment in clinics and hospitals to be simplified. The proposals have been developed by the CCG in close consultation with GPs, and doctors who deliver skin services. Dr Monica Khuraijam, a GP in Liverpool and CCG Governing Body member, said: “We want people in Liverpool to have access to the very best services, and for these services to be organised and delivered in a way that makes the whole system run as smoothly as possible. “We’re proposing a new model for delivering dermatology services, because we think they could be organised in a way that works better for patients and makes the process of diagnosing and treating skin diseases quicker and more efficient. “But we really need the people who use these services – and parents of children who use them – to let us know what they think. We want to hear how people find the current system, what they think about our proposals, and what type of things are important to them when they are attending clinics. “At this stage no final decisions have been made, so the input from members of the public will play a crucial part in helping shape our future plans.” People can share their views by filling in a survey online, http://www.liverpooltalkshealth.info/skin-care-services, or calling 0151 296 7537 for a paper copy. This online engagement is only part of what the CCG is doing to hear from people, there is also lots of face to face activity happening.  CCG representatives will be visiting skin clinics over the coming weeks to talk to patients directly and will also be working with local community partners to have conversations within the community about these proposals. The closing date for comments is November 13, 2015.