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Public initiative to raise awareness of psoriasis

Following on from its success in previous years, the Psoriasis Shout Out is taking to the road this year, expanding its reach across the UK and Ireland.

World-leading psoriasis expert Professor Chris Griffiths, Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research at The University of Manchester is heading the series of special events to get people talking about this often overlooked chronic condition.

The healthcare roadshow will be visiting locations across Greater Manchester and Ireland from the 9th to the 13th of October to raise awareness of this chronic and often life-altering skin condition.

Researchers, clinicians and patients alike are joining forces to spread the message that given the right treatment and support, it’s possible to live well with psoriasis.

Psoriasis is characterised by red, scaling patches on the skin but is also associated with other conditions such as heart disease, arthritis and depression

The condition affects over 1.8 million people across the UK, which equates to 75,000 patients in Greater Manchester alone - enough to pack out Old Trafford Stadium!

Professor Griffiths, who is also a Consultant Dermatologist at Salford Royal Hospital, said: “For many people psoriasis can be life ruining, but treatments are getting better all the time with many more options available. We aim to highlight to patients the range of pioneering research ongoing in Manchester and beyond”

The trailer will be visiting Salford Royal Hospital, St Ann’s Square, Manchester and Bury , complete with a fully-equipped healthcare trailer. Visitors will be able to jump onboard and speak with clinicians, researchers and patient ambassadors.

For many people, psoriasis can be life ruining but treatments are getting better all the time with many more options available. We aim to highlight to patients the range of pioneering research ongoing in Manchester and beyond
Professor Chris Griffiths

Free events for the public will be held in Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Dublin.

Events in Manchester include a patient focused event on Thursday 11th October at CityLabs, Nelson Street (0ff Oxford Road) 5-7pm.

This will be an opportunity for patients to find out more about psoriasis, treatment options and research opportunities in Manchester.

This is immediately followed by a launch event (7-8.30pm) for the new Psoriasis-Rapid Access Clinic - a cutting edge initiative and a revolutionary approach to psoriasis management which may be transformational for patients.

An introduction to Lyengar yoga as a way to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing will also be held on the 12th of October between 10:30-11:30 in G.66 Simon Building at The University of Manchester. ….

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the UK Psoriasis Association, patients and professionals will also be encouraged throughout the week to get involved in creating their own 50 second shout outs – audio clips sharing experience, busting myths and letting everyone know what living with psoriasis is really like.

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