Rosie Cooper MP hosted a summit on local psoriasis services with people with psoriasis, local GPs, dermatology specialists and the Psoriasis Association.
Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has an award winning Dermatology Team, but the publication of the new NICE Quality Standard on Psoriasis- the new national guidelines on treatment for people with this condition - offers an important opportunity to take stock of the way that local dermatology services are working and the support they may need to offer even better care.
Commenting on the summit, Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Psoriasis is a very difficult condition that can have a huge effect on people’s working lives and their mental health, on top of the painful physical symptoms.
“Bringing together all the parties involved in dealing with psoriasis in the area allowed us to really look at how we can work together to make sure the new national standards are met and support people with psoriasis in West Lancashire.
“I want to thank everyone who took the time to attend and I look forward to working with them to make our discussion a reality.”
As part of the event, Helen McAteer, the Chief Executive of the Psoriasis Association gave a presentation on the Association’s work for Psoriasis Awareness Week and its new report entitled “What I wish someone had told me......” which is a collection of advice for people on coping with psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition which triggers skin cells to be produced more regularly than usual, resulting in a build up of skin cells or ‘plaques’. This results in patches on the skin’s surface which can then flake, bleed and cause itching or burning sensations. Studies have shown that psoriasis can significantly impair quality of life due to the long-term physical and psychological burden.
Working days lost by people with psoriasis because of their disease cost the economy up to £915 million pounds per year.