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  • Principal Investigator: Paul Leighton
  • 1 August 2021 to 31 January 2022
  • Project No: 522
  • Funding round: FR1

Skin conditions are one of the most common reasons why an individual might see a doctor or seek help from a healthcare professional. They are the reason for more than 13 million GP visits each year, and pharmacists working in the community (in retail and high street settings such as Boots) see people with skin rashes, allergies, acne and eczema almost every day.

Skin conditions can be difficult to identify and it is sometimes difficult for someone without specialist training to provide the right sort of help and advice. Research in this area could help pharmacists to manage enquiries about skin conditions. Research might produce resources that pharmacists use in consultations or might produce new pathways which connect pharmacists and GPs in the management of skin conditions.

To establish which research would be most useful we are going to seek the opinions of pharmacists, GPs and members of the public.

We will undertake a survey with pharmacists to identify which aspects of skin conditions they find most difficult, and which aspects of managing skin conditions they feel require research. From this we will produce a list of possible research topics and questions.

We will present these topics and questions to pharmacists, to GPs and to members of the public in a series of discussion groups. In these groups we will establish what each group feels are the most important questions. Based on these discussions we will produce a list of the top-ten research priorities for the management of skin conditions by community pharmacists.

We will publicise this list to research funders and to organisations such as Pharmacy Research UK to promote pharmacy research about skin conditions.


Jane Harvey


Amount awarded: £29,434

Projects by themes

We have grouped projects under the five SPCR themes in this document

Evidence synthesis working group

The collaboration will be conducting 18 high impact systematic reviews, under four workstreams.