The unit is run under the supervision of our ward manager who is responsible for all nursing both on the ward, on the daycare unit and in the outpatient clinics. She is the ‘Clinical Champion’ for the department ensuring the highest standards of nursing care along with a ‘clean and safe’ environment. She is also an active member of the North West Dermatology nurse network and the British Dermatological Nursing group.
Currently, we also have a specialist nurse who runs follow up clinics and also carries out minor surgery and photodynamic therapy for some malignant and premalignant skin lesion and a skin cancer nurse who coordinates services for and acts as a focal point for contact and information for those with skin malignancies.
In addition to these specific roles, the unit is run as an integrated unit and all of our nurses rotate through the various parts of the department. All, therefore, are highly experienced in all aspects of dermatology. As a result they can also help with patient education and advice as well as carry out their specific duties. 5 currently have the Dermatology N25 qualification from John Moores University, 9 have completed the Principles and Practice of dermatological Care from Chester University and 3 more are studying for this at present.