11 Oct 2018
Citylabs 1.0, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects over 1.8 million people in the UK. In Greater Manchester this equates to 75,000 people – enough to fill Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
Characterised by red, scaling patches on the skin, psoriasis is not contagious. However, it is more than “skin-deep”, and is associated with significant co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease, inflammatory arthritis and depression.
The Psoriasis Rapid Access Clinic (P-RAC) will be based within a community practice. It will initially run in Salford, using a pool of patients who are known to have been suffering with psoriasis over the last two years (but not referred to secondary care dermatology services) as well as new cases of the disease.
The clinic will provide patients with a complete assessment of their psoriasis, cardiovascular disease risk screening, education about the disease and how to manage it.
The University of Manchester will carry out the P-RAC research study, funded and supported by Health Innovation Manchester.
The launch event has been timed to coincide with Psoriasis Shout Out Week (8-14 October), led by Professor Chris Griffiths at The University of Manchester, which aims to get everyone talking about the often overlooked condition. Researchers, clinicians and patients are working together to raise awareness of the condition and to show that given the right support and treatment it is possible to live well with psoriasis.
The event will include a public-focused information session which will discuss psoriasis, treatment options, and exciting research ongoing in Manchester. Taking place from 5pm until 6.30pm at Citylabs, is an opportunity to meet others with the condition, and to participate in a Q&A with world leading experts.
It will be followed by the P-RAC launch, from 6.30pm until 9pm. The event will include snapshot presentations from dermatologists, researchers and patient representatives.
The event is free and open to the public and health professionals.
More information about the Psoriasis Shout Out visit http://www.psoriasisshoutout.co.uk/