Skin Conditions Campaign Scotland (SCCS) was established in 2001 in response to devolution of Health Care to the Scottish Parliament to lobby in Scotland at Holyrood as Skin Care Campaign (SCC) does at Westminster.
Health and Community Care is under the remit of the devolved Government and Parliament in Scotland and it is essential that patients living in Scotland can access the MSPs making decisions relating directly to their care and access to services.
Peter Lapsley, former Chief Executive of SCC, convened a group of representatives from Scottish and UK patient support groups. Along with help from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Skin Conditions Campaign Scotland was established under the first Chair, Rosemary Gierthy (Alopecia Support Scotland) and since then SCCS has benefited from having the Chairmanship of Nancy Taylor (Psoriasis Association) and Leigh Smith (Melanoma Action & Support Scotland).
As more patient support groups have recognised the benefit of working together to achieve improvements for everyone with skin disease our membership continues to increase, as has our capacity to influence decision makers in government and the NHS.