Help to influence Somerset’s dermatology service by becoming an ‘Expert by Experience’

We are looking for patients who have experience of being treated for a dermatological condition in Somerset, to be involved with the transformation of dermatology services in the county.

Over the next year, the way in which patients with skin, hair, and nail conditions receive care will be transformed. Our dermatology service is currently undergoing major changes to ensure that patients across Somerset receive the highest quality care in a modern, accessible, integrated service. To make sure that this is done in a way which best meets the needs of patients, we would like patients to be directly involved in the planning and development of the service.

We are predominantly looking for individuals who have been treated for a dermatological condition (for example: skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis, acne, or alopecia) in Somerset, either by a specialist dermatology doctor or nurse in hospital, or a GP with an expertise in dermatology, as well as carers of these individuals, to form a group of Experts by Experience.

The group will attend workshops, during which, different aspects of the dermatology service in Somerset will be discussed, and feedback will be gathered. The workshops will likely have both an in-person and online attendance option, and group members will also have the option to feedback individually, either in a meeting, on the phone, or via email. Workshops will be held approximately once a month, with topics identified in advance so group members only need attend if they feel the topic is relevant to them. Initially 3 workshops are planned, with potential for future sessions. As well as workshops, the opinions of group members may be sought at other times on specific pieces of work, for example, to get feedback on a potential new app for patients.

Please note that any involvement with this group will not involve you receiving any medical advice. All questions about your own dermatological condition (or wider medical problems) will continue to be managed by your doctor (dermatologist or GP). This group is solely for helping to shape the dermatology service in Somerset.

To see if you could become an Expert by Experience, please read the role description for more detailed information. For any further queries, please contact

If you would like to be involved, please complete the online application form or download the form to complete offline.