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DECIDE™ Dermatology Education Programme

Our interactive and practical CPD units will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to manage skin diseases in the community.

Dates: Various - see unit information below
Location: Salford Royal Foundation Trust/online
Fee: Varies - see below
How to book: Apply and pay online via the University e-store


Our DECIDE™ Dermatology Education Programme (formerly known as Dermatology for Community Healthcare Professionals) is designed to improve GPs' understanding of dermatology and common skin conditions through a series of unique units designed around interactive, reflective and practical learning.

The programme is delivered by a team of specialist consultant dermatologists and includes a one-day practical workshop where GPs have an opportunity to interact with real patients with the support of a dermatologist.

Research on the impact of the programme has shown that it improves the quality of referrals, reduces inappropriate referrals and improves confidence among clinicians in treating skin conditions within primary care.

The units are accredited by the RCGP and can be completed alone or in any combination. You can also take them as uncredited units.


The DECIDE™ Education Programme is a short contact CPD programme aimed at interdisciplinary community clinicians.

The programme integrates educational methodology with NHS policies and guidelines to drive improvement in clinical decision-making, a skill fundamental to providing better value healthcare. It provides clinicians with opportunities to increase contextual knowledge and apply decision-making behaviours to make accurate diagnostic and management decisions.

The model underpinning this education is an innovative approach to CPD, providing a tailored population-based approach targeting key time points that influence a patient's journey during their experience of healthcare delivery in the UK.

Unit details

Benign Lesions in the Context of Malignancy

Practical workshop date: 2021 dates TBC
Practical workshop location: Dermatology Centre, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
Online learning start date: Continuous – 12 hours in total

This unit focuses on the accurate diagnosis of skin lesions, with a particular focus on red flags for malignant potential.

Practitioners will look at how to encourage patient independence in their healthcare, as well as learning about safe, cost-effective prescribing and maintaining care in the community for stable and benign conditions.

The key focus will be on a collaborative approach to care that will maximise your ability to care for patients in the community.

The course focuses on application to practice, with real patient contact at the heart of the course. The e-learning element offers a flexible approach, allowing working professionals the benefit of studying in their own time. 

On completion of this unit, practitioners will be able to apply the knowledge to their practice to synthesise accurate diagnoses key to the management of lesions of the skin and, in particular, recognise when lesions may be managed conservatively or referred to a specialist.

Common Inflammatory Conditions

Practical workshop date: 2021 dates TBC
Practical workshop location: Dermatology Centre, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
Online learning start date: Continuous – 12 hours in total

On completion of this course, you will be able to apply knowledge and improve accuracy in your day-to-day clinical practice in:

  • the most common inflammatory skin conditions encountered in the population, including psoriasiform, acneiform and eczematous eruptions;
  • the above skin conditions with a focus on accurate diagnosis and effective therapeutic strategies.

RCGP accreditation

The content of our CPD units is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and aligns with the national RCGP curriculum, conferring 20 CPD points per unit.

The RCGP's accreditation assessor panel has commended the feedback our "thorough and engaging" course has received, stating: "This remains an excellent course, and feedback has, as expected, been very positive."

How you will learn

We use a range of blended learning teaching methods to enable you to consolidate knowledge to ensure you can translate it into practice.

This includes online learning resources involving case-based learning with self-assessment and a system to keep a record of personal activities demonstrating change in practice.

There is also an aligned practical workshop including real patient contact and expert small group teaching, with a focus on application in practice through 'top tips' lectures and the support of key experts including GPSI in dermatology, consultants and specialist nurses. 

We currently run one practical workshop per unit per year. Workshops are held at the Dermatology Centre in the Salford Royal Foundation Trust, a world-leading centre recognised for research and education with extensive onsite library facilities that directly link to The University of Manchester's network. 

Entry requirements

GPs, pharmacists and nurses must have specific professional registration and experience to apply for these units.

We require:

  • registration with the General Medical Council with a licence to practice for GPs and GP trainees;
  • registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (for pharmacists) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (for nurses).

Nurses and relevant allied health professionals are required to have a minimum of three years' relevant post-registration experience and to have been in the clinical field in which they practice for at least one year preceding application.

Pharmacists must have at least two years' post-qualification patient-focused experience in a hospital, community or primary care setting.


  • Registered GPs - £550 per unit
  • All other applicants - £500 per unit

How to book your place

Individual applicants can apply and pay online via the University e-store. Contact us if you have any problems.

The programme is also growing in popularity among CCGs, with seven in Greater Manchester commissioning the programme for their community workforce over the past two years. Please contact us if your CCG is interested in commissioning the programme.

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