Organisational Stakeholders

The James Lind Alliance (JLA)

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative which was established in 2004 and is now part of the National Institute for Health Research Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC).  It brings patients and healthcare professionals together to identify and prioritise  unanswered questions about the effects of treatments that they agree are most important.  James Lind was a medical pioneer who, in the eighteenth century, conducted the first clinical trial on the prevention of scurvy in the British navy.   His methods laid the way for modern day randomised, clinical trials, the gold standard for assessing the efficacy and safety of medicines.   Once the top 10 most important questions have been identified, that’s probably how most of them will be answered. It makes perfect sense that the organisation which has pioneered the process used by us and by others to find out what matters most to patients and healthcare professionals should bear his name.

British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)

The BAD was established in 1920 as the professional organisation to which dermatologists practising in the UK and Eire belong.  Its slogan is ‘Healthy Skin for All.’  The BAD works with many other organisations to achieve its aims of supporting patients and improving standards.  These include patient support groups, special interest groups and international dermatology groups. 

Primary Care Dermatology Society (PCDS)

The PCDS is the leading Primary Care society for GPs with an enthusiasm for dermatology and skin surgery. The society has grown in size and influence and now exceeds 1350 members across UK and Ireland. The PCDS is affiliated to the British Association of Dermatologists and the Royal College of General Practitioners. As well as delivering high quality conferences the PCDS provides a Primary and Intermediate Care voice in all aspects of dermatology.

British Society for Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD)

The BSPD is an affiliated group of the British Association of Dermatologists and is the only organisation in the UK and Ireland specifically dedicated to Paediatric Dermatology.

The Society exists to promote further understanding of skin disease in children and to enhance their care by encouraging education and research in all aspects of paediatric dermatology. As a part of this role, the BSPD holds meetings three times a year, one at the annual conferences of the British Association of Dermatologists, one at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has its own Annual Scientific Meeting.

The BSPD membership includes consultant and trainee dermatologists and paediatricians, geneticists and members of other medical specialties involved in the care of children with skin disease.

Cochrane Skin Group (CSG)

The CSG is a network of people from all over the world committed to producing and updating reviews of comparisons of treatments for skin conditions. The process begins with individuals getting together with an important clinical question. They then search for all the relevant published and unpublished information from clinical trials or other types of study, critically appraise it, and summarise that information in such a way that can be understood by health care practitioners, consumers and managers. The aim of the Cochrane Skin Group is simply to produce the best possible evidence on the effectiveness of health care interventions for people with skin problems.

The scope of the CSG is wide, and includes any skin problem that leads an individual to seek help from a health care provider. The Group also considers evidence about skin treatments that are sold over-the-counter or are widely available. The CSG is co-ordinated from the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham.

British Dermatological Nursing Group

The British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) was established in 1989 as an independent speciality group of nurses and healthcare professionals with an interest in dermatology. Membership is open to anyone interested in dermatological nursing in primary or secondary care.

The aims of the BDNG are to:

  • Promote the development of the highest standard of care for the patient receiving dermatological care;
  • Promote the development and recognition of the nurse's role in dermatology, for the benefit of the patient;
  • Promote and support education of nurses for their role in dermatology;
  • Promote and support research into all aspects of dermatology nursing and dermatological nursing care;
  • Provide a source of expertise for nurses facing clinical and managerial challenges in the field of dermatology nursing;
  • Provide a forum for the dissemination of developments and knowledge in the field of dermatology nursing.

American Acne and Rosacea Association

The American Acne and Rosacea Society (AARS) was established in 2005 as a conglomeration of experts from varied scientific backgrounds. The purpose of the Society is to facilitate the interchange of knowledge and to stimulate education and research in two of the most common skin conditions encountered in dermatology practice, acne and rosacea. Our founders and our members are dermatology medical professionals who conduct fundamental and clinical research alongside the delivery of routine and specialist care to patients. AARS members act as advocates for the greater scientific understanding of acne, rosacea and their management.

The mission of the AARS is to:

  • Promote, support, develop and provide a forum for the exchange of information about acne and rosacea
  • Promote acne and rosacea clinical research and mentoring opportunities for dermatology professionals
  • Improve the care of patients who suffer from acne and rosacea

Talk Health Partnership Ltd

talkhealth is an online social health community, providing free interactive support and information on a wide range of health conditions. It is a platform for you to ‘have your say’ on current health issues and a place to find in-depth and trusted information on a variety of chronic health conditions and concerns. talkhealth allows you the opportunity to take control in decisions concerning your health and wellbeing in a positive way.

talkhealth offers specific health hubs that have in depth information on a wide range of conditions including acne. talkhealth's active community is made up of a wide range of people, all with the common goal of both seeking to understand health issues better and to also openly share experiences and knowledge to help and support others. There are many ways to engage with the community, from reading others life stories, to hearing about people’s day to day life through the talkhealth bloggers network.

British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology

Established in Gloucester in 1977, BABTAC is the premier UK association for beauty, hair, holistic and sports therapies. BABTAC is the longest established and most widely recognised membership organisation in the beauty industry. BACTAC is 'not for profit' and the organisation’s main concerns are the well-being of its members, regulation of the industry and public welfare. Governed by a Council of industry professionals, BABTAC offers deep expertise, a rigorous ethical code and a professional practice standard.

Lloyds pharmacies

Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd has 1450 pharmacies throughout the UK and also operates an online retail business. Each pharmacy provides a wide range of professional services to the local community including health checks as well as prescription collection & delivery. Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Celesio AG, a leading provider of logistics and services in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector in Europe and beyond.


Verity is the UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder of which acne is a common feature. The self-help group was established in 1997 to improve the lives of women living with PCOS.  The charity is run by a dedicated board of trustees and team of volunteers and currently supports over 1000 women. 

Verity organises twice yearly conferences with presentations from some of the UK's leading PCOS experts. Verity also publishes a range of information booklets and In Touch, a twice yearly newsletter, full of the latest information and research on the condition. Additionally, Verity provides an active discussion board, where women with PCOS can give and receive peer support.

PCOS UK, the medical education arm of Verity was formed in 2006 to improve awareness and knowledge of PCOS and related conditions amongst healthcare professionals.

South Asian Health Foundation

The South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) is a national charity set up and run by like-minded clinicians and health professionals seeking to foster improvements in the quality of, and access to, healthcare and health promotion by South Asians living in the UK. SAHF is organised as a collection of working groups that are composed of experts in a particular specialty. The remit of each working group is to stimulate research and understanding within their specialist subject.