The Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out!
Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out was a festival of events and skin health ‘road shows’
to raise awareness of psoriasis and to bring together people living with the condition with those working to develop effective treatments.
Psoriasis is a common, inflammatory skin condition affecting over 1.8 million people in the UK which appears as red, scaling patches of skin. Psoriasis however is more than skin deep and can have a profound psychological and social impact. Significant progress however has been made in our understanding and management of the condition in recent years. Much of this progress has been made in our own world leading dermatology research and treatment centre split between The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, led by Professor Chris Griffiths from the Institute of Inflammation and Repair.
In April 2014 we brought together different initiatives from across Manchester to ask people to “shout out” about psoriasis and what the condition means to them. The week included the official launch of the Medical Research Council funded stratified medicine consortium: Psoriasis Stratification to Optimise Relevant Therapy (PSORT), a new training programme for health care professionals as part of the NIHR IMPACT programme of research and the northern launch of the See Psoriasis : Look Deeper campaign
There were also dedicated events for people with psoriasis and their families: Comedian Toby Hadoke and fashion blogger Helen Hanrahan joined staff at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust for the Shout Out roadshow; an opportunity to try relaxation and ‘mindfulness’ techniques. Professor Griffiths and his celebrity guests presented a series of short presentations about living well with psoriasis. Blogger Helen ‘Flaky Fashionista’ was also involved in a fashion show at the intu Trafford Centre. Other roadshows took place across Manchester and there was a poetry evening, featuring contributions by experienced poets and novices. For more information visit www.psoriasisshoutout.co.uk