The report from the All-Party Parliamentary
Group on Skin (APPGS) reveals a worrying lack of mental health support for
people living with psoriasis and other conditions which affect the skin.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS) has
published the findings from its latest inquiry into mental health and skin. The
new report has identified serious gaps in mental health support for people with
psoriasis and other conditions which affect the skin, and made a number of
recommendations to help improve services.
The report contains contributions from leading doctors
specialising in dermatology and mental health, patient organisations including
the Psoriasis Association, and specialist groups, the British Association of
Dermatologists, the Primary Care Dermatology Society, and the British
Dermatological Nursing Group. It also contains evidence provided by over 500
people who are living with different conditions which affect the skin (including
177 who are living with psoriasis).
The Psoriasis Association supports the recommendations from
the report which, if implemented, will lead to much-needed improvements in the
quality of and access to psychological support for people who are living with psoriasis
and other conditions which affect the skin. This will build on the strong
foundations already laid by initiatives such as our PsoWell training programme
which has helped equip dermatology specialists and health and clinical psychologists with new skills to empower their patients to live better with psoriasis.
You can read the full report here
What is the All-Party
Parliamentary Group on Skin?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS) is a
Parliamentary group which aims to increase understanding about skin care issues
in Parliament and achieve improvements in the treatment and management of people
with conditions which affect the skin.
Membership of the group includes MPs and
members of the House of Lords from all political parties, as well as healthcare
professionals, patient groups (including the Psoriasis Association), and industry.
The Group is currently chaired by Sir Edward Leigh MP.
You can find out more about the APPGS here