Maintaining quality

Dermatology services aim to provide high-quality, patient-centred care, by adhering to all national staffing, facilities, training and clinical guidelines; and by complying with audit procedures, as set out by NICE and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD). 

All NHS skin cancer services are peer reviewed as part of the NHS National Cancer Peer Review Programme (opens PDF, 1.1MB). NHS Specialised Services for Dermatology have national service specifications (Xeroderma pigmentosum service – all ages (opens PDF, 73.14KB), Specialised dermatology services – all ages (opens PDF, 1.16MB), Skin cancer – adult (opens PDF, 338.39KB) and Epidermolysis bullosa service – all ages (opens PDF, 173.37KB)) with quality performance indicators developed by the NHS England Dermatology Clinical Reference Group (CRG). Additionally, the BAD has been awarded Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include patient information leaflets (PILs), sun awareness campaign materials and other information products. The BAD also produces service guidance and standards and NICE‑accredited clinical standards for acute clinical interventions for a range of skin diseases. 

The BAD quality standards (opens PDF, 1.45MB) state that every dermatology service, whether integrated or stand-alone, should have a patient panel that is involved in its development and governance.