RM Partners is supporting a small pilot project in Sutton to help GPs learn to better identify suspicious skin lesions and increase appropriate referrals.

Working with the lead dermatology consultant at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, the GPs will be trained in the use of a dermatoscope and attend skin cancer clinics at the Trust to help them better distinguish benign from malignant lesions.

Dermatology referrals from the practices where GPs received training will be audited to determine if more appropriate referrals are being made. The aim is to have a 10% reduction in the number of outpatient appointments for suspected skin cancers from these practices.

If successful, the pilot could be rolled out to other boroughs across west London.