Established in 2001, Skin Conditions Campaign Scotland (SCCS) was a volunteer-led and patient-focused Scottish charity that promoted the interests and shared aims of people in Scotland living with skin conditions and skin disease. We operated as an umbrella organisation and worked collaboratively with our membership. Our membership was made up of skin interested stakeholders and includes professional health care bodies. Our membership covered a wide range of skin conditions including: psoriasis, eczema, lupus, vitiligo, leg ulcers, melanoma, tuberous sclerosis, hyperhidrosis, behcets syndrome, gorlin syndrome.
People with skin conditions and skin disease in Scotland have the highest standard of treatment and care they need.
We worked strategically and collaboratively with our patient support group members along with professional and statutory bodies to influence, inform and improve the provision of care for people with skin conditions and skin disease in Scotland.
Alignment to Scottish Government Vision for Health and Social Care 20:20
Skin Conditions Campaign Scotland vision and mission aligned with the 20:20 Vision for Health and Social Care because:
- Our work was based on prevention, anticipation and supported self-management for people living with skin conditions and skin disease that puts the person at the centre of all decisions
- We worked to promote improvement in the provision of safe, effective and person-centred care through accessible, close to home, GP practice based nurse-led dermatology primary care that will support people in self-management of skin conditions and skin disease
- We raised awareness amongst members of the public living with skin conditions and skin disease on self-management and options and choice for care
- Our goal was to improve and enhance the provision and quality of treatment and care so there is a shortening in the patient pathway with the result that, where appropriate, treatment in the community for people with skin diseases and skin conditions will become the norm
- The person was at the centre of our impact and benefited from a reduction in delays in treatment and a reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital based dermatology
- We worked to promote supported self management of skin conditions and skin disease that is high quality, timely and accessible
STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2014-16
- To campaign for restoration of professional dermatology training and education in primary care, including psychosocial support
- To campaign for and influence improvement in provision of specialist care for people with skin conditions and skin disease, viz dermatology and plastic surgery
- To campaign for better screening for skin cancers
- To raise awareness of, centralise and promote common issues affecting people with skin conditions and skin disease, their management and treatment
- To campaign, as appropriate, with member patient organisations and professional bodies to support condition/disease specific improvements in primary and secondary care, including patient self-management
- To lobby for, and establish, a Cross Party Working Group for Skin within the Scottish Parliament
- To influence Scottish Government policy and make recommendations to improve the management and treatment of skin related conditions and disease
- To influence the Scottish Government, and Health Boards, in prioritising resources to support improvement in dermatology provision in Scotland, including training and education of health care professionals
- To represent Scottish patient support groups and people with skin conditions and skin disease within the British Association of Dermatologists and other UK-wide bodies, e.g. the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin
- To grow SCCS membership base and affiliate membership base
- To strengthen the sustainability of SCCS through income generation
- To strengthen SCCS internal governance structures