Health written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Paul Beresford Paul Beresford Conservative, Mole Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what guidance his Department gives to clinical commissioning groups on the psychological effects of skin disease to assist them when drawing up a local dermatology service specification for the purposes of a tender;

(2) to what extent must potential providers of dermatology services demonstrate they have the capacity to address the psychological effects of skin disease when they bid for a service from clinical commissioning groups.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS England has responsibility for dermatology services.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced guidance on dermatological conditions which includes recommendations on the assessment of the psychological effects of these conditions.

We understand that NHS England is working with NICE and others to ensure NICE guidance and quality standards on dermatological conditions are available to both commissioners and providers.

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