Health: Skin

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th June 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had on whether to make dermatology a compulsory part of the curriculum for those training to become (a) general practitioners, (b) nurses, and (c) pharmacists.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The content of curriculum and quality and standard of training for medical professions and nurses is not the responsibility of the department but the responsibility of the appropriate professional regulatory body.

However, the department is committed to working with the professional regulatory bodies, royal colleges and others to promote high standards of education and training to ensure that students, doctors and nurses are equipped with the up to date knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for professional practice.

We set out in the White Paper, Pharmacy in England: Building on strengths-delivering the future, our plans to review current arrangements for pharmacist undergraduate education and pre-registration to ensure that future pharmacists have the required clinical skills and experience to equip them to deliver services. Work on developing a future curriculum is not at the stage to support discussion on services, including dermatology.

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