Leeds Community Dermatology Collaborative

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In August 2022, the Leeds Community Dermatology Collaborative was awarded the five year Community Dermatology Contract for Leeds. This Collaboration is made up of the Leeds GP Confederation, Chevin Medical Practice, OneMedical Group, Street Lane Practice and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT.) Leeds GP Confederation will be working closely with LTHT for the duration of this contract, aiming to provide an excellent integrated Dermatology service within Leeds, spanning both Primary and Secondary Care. 

Take a look at our Community Dermatology Service Round Up below to see what the service has achieved in its first five months.

What’s New?

  • Every referral, or request for Advice & Guidance, is triaged by an experienced GPwER (GP with Extended Roles) to ensure the best outcome for each patient.
  • Patients no longer need to telephone an individual Community Dermatology provider with a Unique Booking Reference Number (UBRN) to trigger their referral. Every patient will be triaged and either contacted directly by the Community Dermatology admin team to book an appointment, or by their own GP surgery with post triage information.
  • Patients will be offered a choice of the below venues for their appointment:
    • Street Lane Surgery
    • The Light Surgery
    • Bramhope Surgery
    • Hillfoot Surgery
    • Gibson Lane Surgery

Certain appointment types/procedures/specialities are only available at selected venues.

Our New Systems

  • The Leeds Community Dermatology Collaborative provides a single point of access through the Electronic Referral System (ERS) where non-urgent, community appropriate Dermatology patients can be referred. (Search for Leeds Community Dermatology and BCC Service on ERS. Please see Leeds Health Pathways for inclusion/exclusion criteria.)
  • Community Dermatology Formal Advice and Guidance (A&G) can now be requested through ERS. This means that any email requests for A&G to individual providers will be asked to refer via ERS.
  • A dedicated unit on System1 (S1) to manage our patients. (Please allow sharing in/out from the Leeds Community Dermatology and BCC Service.)

Common Reasons for the Rejection of Referrals

  • Insufficient history about the dermatology complaint.
  • Lack of clear images to allow our clinicians to triage.
  • Patients who require a referral directly to Community Minor Surgery Services.
  • Isotretinoin referrals for patients who don’t fulfil the referral criteria:
    • Scarring acne
    • A failure to respond to 2 different courses oral antibiotics for 3 months or more, along with a topical agent (ideally a retinoid).

Please refer to information on the Leeds Health Pathways or ERS for clear guidance on appropriate referrals (inclusion/exclusion criteria) for Community Dermatology.

Join Us!

Due to our success, we are looking to bring in new talent to the collaborative, which includes experienced clinicians as well as trainees:

  • Experienced Dermatology GPwERs & ANPwERs (with full RCGP accreditation) to join for sessional/salaried roles
  • Salaried Community Dermatology Trainee ANPwER and GPwERs
  • Salaried Community Dermatology GP / ANPs with special interest in Dermatology

Please visit our Join the Team page for further information about these roles. Please contact us for wider information about the Dermatology Collaborative.