Our Aims

Since our founding back in 1968, we have been driven by three main objectives.

Those founding principles are as relevant today as they were more than 50 years ago...

Supporting people with psoriasis

To provide information, advice and support to those whose lives are affected by psoriasis

We run a helpline service for people who need information, advice and support and we have a comprehensive range of information materials available.

Our information comprises a range of printed literature, such as leaflets and fact sheets, and our quarterly membership publication, 'Pso'.

We understand that psoriasis can occur at any point in the lifespan, and can also impact on the lives of friends and families of people with the condition. Psoteen is our sister website for teenagers and young people with psoriasis – it is packed with hints and tips regarding living with psoriasis at this important time of life, and gives opportunity to talk to others experiencing similar life events.

We hope, too, that you also find this website very informative - it is packed with information on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and there is also opportunity for you to discuss your experiences with others in our forums.

Raising awareness of psoriasis

We run an annual Awareness Week, starting on 29th October (World Psoriasis Day), and we raise awareness of psoriasis at events, meetings and exhibitions attended by our members, the general public, healthcare professionals and politicians.

We provide leaflets and posters to hospitals, clinics and surgeries, and regularly speak at conferences to healthcare professionals on issues that really matter to patients.

We are a supporter of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, and a member of the Cross Party Group on Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, and the Cross Party Group on Skin, in order to ensure the voice of the psoriasis patient is heard in the English and Scottish Parliaments, and the National Assembly for Wales. Additionally, we are proud to be part of the Dermatology Council for England, and to support Skin Care Cymru - both of which aim to advance the importance of Dermatology in their respective nations.

Researching psoriasis

To promote and fund research into the causes, nature and care of psoriasis, and to publish and disseminate the results of that research

We manage an annual Research Programme which awards grants to high quality research projects. To date, the Psoriasis Association has awarded millions of pounds in research grants and in support of PhD Studentships.

We also collaborate with various research studies and consortia to ensure that the voices of people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are heard - see the Research Collaborations section. If you are interested in taking part in research relevant to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, check out the opportunities listed in the Taking Part in Research section.