Dermatology Workforce Update

The need for dermatologists within the NHS is higher than ever, with a distinct lack of trained skin specialists within in the UK causing a major problem.
The number of patients being sent to see a dermatologist in the past five years in England has more than doubled from 2436 in 2010-2011 to 6383 in 2015-2016 and with a quarter of positions remaining unfilled the area is in crisis.

As a specialist international recruiter incrementing supply in the NHS RIG locums are working very closely with a number of NHS Trusts to help fill the shortfall in Dermatology. Many hospitals are open to taking a locum in to post with a potential view to this turning into a permanent opportunity thereafter.

Dr Tamara Griffiths speaking on behalf of the British Association of Dermatologists to the BBC says “If you look at the wider workforce crisis in the NHS, there are more unfilled GP posts and more unfilled acute medicine posts. Dermatology doesn’t live within a bubble because we’re connected to the rest of medicine and these are huge issues.” 

RIG Locums are proud sponsor of the GMC’s ‘Welcome to UK Practice Program’ which helps doctors new to the country to understand the ethical issues that will affect them and their patients on a day to day basis. If you are thinking about coming to the UK to work as a doctor you can find out more and book your free place on the course here :

If you are ready to hear more about Dermatology vacancies across the UK click here, call 0800 690 6044 or email us on [email protected].

For more information about Working In The UK, visit our specialist International Doctor section here.


Source: BBC Article – Lack of skin specialists.