Prescribing Topical Treatments for Skin Problems

Non-Medical Prescribing Update Training

1 day

Up to 35 delegates


The Course Aim

To update participants in evidence-based non-medical prescribing of topical treatments in the management of chronic and acute skin conditions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session participants will have an increased understanding of:

  • Competencies in skin assessment and topical treatment prescribing decisions.
  • Evidence-based prescribing for chronic inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Topical treatments in the management of patients with acute skin problems, infections/infestations.


Course content 

Delivered as ½ day online via MS Teams

  •     Clinical assessment of the skin
  •     Common dermatological problems and presenting needs
  •     Topical steroid quiz (pre-course work)


Julie Van Onselen is a Dermatology Lecturer Practitioner; her background is 30 years as a dermatology clinical nurse specialist, in both primary and secondary care. Julie is an educator, Dermatology Education Partnership Ltd focuses on dermatology educational projects and training courses in practical dermatology as well as working in conjunction with training associates, including nmprescribing. Julie works for skin support groups, with a regular weekly session on the National Eczema Society complex helpline; she has also developed a primary HCP online course ’Psoriasis in Practice‘ with PAPAA. Julie is a health care writer publishing in professional and health care journals; she is past editor of the BDNG Journal, Dermatological Nursing. She has contributed national projects, recently the Psoriasis Setting Priorities Partnership project and the RCGP Spotlight tool kit. She is a committee member of the BDNG Primary Care Group and the Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS). She works clinically twice a week, as a nurse practitioner in an NHS primary care dermatology service at Solihull and South Birmingham CCG and with SkinHealth UK, running skin cancer detection and awareness clinics; in the past she ran nurse-led clinics in eczema, psoriasis and acne. Julie is passionate about improving care and support for people with skin conditions through developing educational initiatives for both healthcare professionals and patients throughout the UK.