Date: 30th November, 2016 | Bulletin PDF Download: PCDS Bulletin Winter 2016
Having just attended and thoroughly enjoyed a weekend in Dunblane, Scotland at the PCDS Scottish meeting (Report in this Bulletin) I am enthused by the learning that took place; the energy and fun of the ceilidh but most of all by the general friendliness and camaraderie of doctors who enjoy dermatology! This is not new. I have often remarked that those who care for patients’ skin are generally friendly and caring people. Many of them dance well or at least try to do so!
Your next opportunity will be at Chesford Grange, Kennilworth near Leamington Spa 18/19th March 2017. There promises to be a varied and interesting programme as well as another opportunity to eat, ?drink and dance the night away, as always. The GPwSI > GPwER (i.e. “GP with Special Interest” changing to “with Extended Role”) changes and the accreditation required to entitle you to such a title and maybe even the acceptability of your skill level to any employer or purchaser will have been discussed, explained and formulated by the time you receive this Bulletin and a full report with explanations will be provided in the Spring edition. There is a willingness from the RCGP up to Vice President level to make the system of credentialing or accreditation work as the NHSE have determined. We in dermatology are the vanguard but all general practice areas of expertise will ideally follow our lead to develop credentials in their own areas. So we have the advantage and the responsibility of setting the pace and persuading the RCGP council to adopt the whole system. We in the PCDS are pressing hard to reduce the number of surgical procedures (currently100 per annum) required as well as making sure the assessments match our 5 year GP revalidation regime. Inevitably there will need to be a gradual adoption of any assessment scheme and to allow a form of “grandfather’s rights” initially for long accredited GPwSIs. The need for a centralised body to cope with applicants with adequate portfolios but no local consultant support either because there isn’t one or occasionally not being helpful will be instituted as will mechanisms for finding mentors and DOPS assessors. I have been very vocal in insisting that our December GPSI meeting should allow GPSIs to have a say and to feel involved in these changes. We were very pleased to be asked to present at the RCGP annual meeting in Harrogate this October albeit expected to cover most of dermatology in 90 minutes! But it is a start. We also had a lot of attention at our stand especially since we were giving out some of our Acne, AK and Rosacea A4 summaries. Freebies always attract. Let us hope they made it onto their surgery desks and get used and encourage more to use our ever enlarging website and come to some meetings. I would just remind you that the website has an excellent “visual guide” button which in the General Dermatology-Site section reveals the possible causes with pictures. i.e. match the rash to the patient. A feature that, as far as I am aware, is absent on any other dermatological site. Excellent sites such as dermnetnz.org require the visitor to know or guess the disease in order to gain the helpful information therein.