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About the Dermatology programme

e-dermatology is an online learning resource which focuses on the diagnosis and management of common dermatological disorders. Initially designed for trainees, it is now available, free of charge, to all clinicians and healthcare professionals including junior doctors, specialty doctors, GPs, physician associates (PAs) and nurses working in the NHS.

It has been developed by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare and launched in 2010.

Learning is based on the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board curriculum for specialist training in dermatology. Interactive and engaging elearning sessions covering all areas of the approved curriculum are provided.

Since 2017, the sessions have been accessed between 21,000 and 35,000 times per year. Sessions on Specialist Certificate Examination (SCE) questions, psoriasis, eczema, other common inflammatory diseases and their treatments, melanoma and other skin cancers are particularly popular with learners.


Project news

The educational content of the current sessions has been developed by UK experts in their field. As the new trainee curriculum has been implemented in August 2021, it is imperative that all previous sessions are updated.

We can now announce that all 160 e-dermatology sessions will be updated and any gaps in the curriculum will be covered with new sessions.

The additions to the new curriculum include teledermatology, dermoscopy, and skin of colour dermatology. In addition to the changes to reflect the curriculum, there have been many exciting developments in dermatology since the last update, which need to be included in the learning sessions.

The e-dermatology BAD project team, working with the clinical lead and project manager, have contacted all authors to update their previous sessions. New modules and authors have also been commissioned.

Updated sessions will be highlighted on the website once completed.

Be sure to check out the current sessions in the ‘Sample Sessions section below for a taster of what’s inside.

We, at e-dermatology, would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the production of the project to date for making it the wonderful resource that it is today. Select the button below to take a look at the list of all current sessions in e-dermatology.

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For any questions, related to e-dermatology, please contact our support team.

Updated session list:

Updated January 2022:

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_01 – Histopathology and Laboratory Processes

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_02 – Taking the Right Biopsy

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_04 – Histopathology Techniques

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_10 – Disorders of Collagen and Elastic Tissue

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_21 – Lichenoid and Interface Dermatoses

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_23 – Cutaneous Deposits

Dermatopathology                       BAD_13_34 – Adnexal Sebaceous Lesions

Genital Disorders                          BAD_20_08 – Lichen Planus – Female

Genital Disorders                          BAD_20_23 – Bullous Disorders of the Genitalia

Contact Dermatitis                       BAD_14_04 – Patch Testing Technique and Interpretation

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_01 – Seborrhoeic Dermatitis

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_02 – Venous Eczema

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_03 – Discoid Eczema

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_04 – Pompholyx

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_05 – Asteatotic Eczema

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_06 – Nodular Prurigo

Inflammatory  Dermatoses          BAD_04_07 – Lichen Simplex

Updated March 2022:

Pigmentary Disorders                Treatment of Vitiligo

Contact Dermatitis                     A Beautician with Facial Dermatitis

Photodermatology                     Sunburn – Or Is It?

Genital Disorders                       Lichen Sclerosus – Female

Genital Disorders                       Non STI – Female

Topical Therapy                         Topical Corticosteroids and Appropriate Use in Dermatology I

Topical Therapy                         Topical Corticosteroids and Appropriate Use in Dermatology II

Miscellaneous                            Encryption and Information Governance for Remote Working

Systemic Diseases                      Skin Manifestations of Rheumatoid Disease and Sjögren’s

Systemic Diseases                      Cutaneous Vasculitis I: Small Vessel Vasculitides

Bullous Disorders                      Bullous Pemphigoid

Hair and Nail Disorders            Diffuse Hair Loss

Hair and Nail Disorders            Scarring Hair Loss

Oral Medicine Diseases            Oral Immunobullous Diseases

Dermatological Surgery           Local Anaesthesia

Dermatological Surgery           Suturing Skills II

Dermatological Surgery           Cautery and Electrosurgery

Genital Disorders                      Other Infectious Conditions Affecting The Male Genitalia

Benign Skin Tumours                Cysts

More information

e-dermatology is intended to complement existing teaching initiatives, rather than replace them, and is available, free of charge, to all NHS staff.

At this time, with major challenges for training and education during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, we hope that all users find this resource helpful.

All the sessions can now be linked with the e-Portfolio to enhance the accurate documentation for trainees and other healthcare professionals to support completion of specific areas of training.

The elearning sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete, to fit in with busy working lives. They can be used for interactive and remote learning.

Some of the exciting features of these elearning materials include the use of high resolution images, videos clips and animated interactions, to enrich the learning experience and increase visual accessibility.

As well as a forthcoming dedicated skin of colour learning session, all authors have been encouraged to integrate skin of colour issues in their learning sessions, where possible, and provided links to relevant BAD resources.

Sample sessions

e-dermatology offers clinical scenario and knowledge-based sessions.

Clinical scenarios allow the learner to follow cases from initial presentation to diagnosis and management.

Knowledge based sessions offer high quality curriculum-based content featuring graphics, animations, video and interactive questions.

Learners can work through any sessions relevant to their specific training needs, in any order they choose.


  • SCE sessions 1 and 2

    These 2 sessions enable the learner to practice typical SCE questions and were written by an experienced exam board question-writer.

  • Using Genetic Family Histories in Dermatological Practice

    This session enables the user to develop their skills in taking and interpreting a genetic family history and considers the relevance of diagnostic genetic testing and family management within this specialised area.

  • Delusions of Parasitosis

    This session describes a patient with a delusional disorder. It illustrates the steps required to establish the diagnosis and describes the institution of an appropriate management plan.

  • Mediators and Mechanisms of Itch

    This session explores the pathogenesis of pruritus and aims to provide knowledge on the mediators and mechanisms of itch.

  • Histopathological techniques

    This session introduces the learner to the different histopathological techniques which may be used for skin biopsies.

  • Glossary of Genetic Terms

    This session provides a glossary of terms associated with DNA and human genetics.

Executive group

  • Mabs Chowdhury FRCP FAcadMEd

    Mabs Chowdhury FRCP FAcadMEd

    Clinical Lead for e-Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, The Welsh Institute of Dermatology, Cardiff
  • Vincent Li

    Vincent Li

    Deputy Lead for e-Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Consultant Dermatoloigst, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend
  • Tamara Griffiths

    Tamara Griffiths

    Director of Education, British Association of Dermatologists
  • Sam Morrison, Chief Executive Officer

    Simon Morrison

    Chief Executive Officer, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
  • Tanya Bleiker

    Tanya Bleiker

    President , British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)

Project group

  • Mabs Chowdhury FRCP FAcadMEd

    Mabs Chowdhury FRCP FAcadMEd

    Clinical Lead for e-Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, The Welsh Institute of Dermatology, Cardiff
  • Vincent Li

    Vincent Li

    Deputy Lead for e-Dermatology, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) Consultant Dermatoloigst, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend
  • Viththika Lingeswaran

    Viththika Lingeswaran

    Education Administrator for E-Learning, British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
  • Jon Collins

    Jon Collins

    Project Manager, HEE elfh
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jon Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE, elfh
  • Andy Briggs

    Andy Briggs

    Learning Designer , HEE, elfh
  • Louise Garrahan

    Louise Garrahan

    Stakeholder officer, HEE, elfh

How to access

In order to access the Dermatology programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Dermatology programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Dermatology programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Dermatology programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Dermatology programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

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