The Scottish Council for Dermatology was established in 2001 to provide expert advice on service provision for treatment of patients with skin disease in Scotland. It was formed by agreement between the organisations representing dermatology and dermatologists in Scotland, the British Association of Dermatologists and Scottish Dermatological Society, and represents the views of members of both. To ensure that its advice can be comprehensive, it includes representatives of nursing, general practice, and patient support groups.
The elected members of the Council include the Presidents of the British Association of Dermatologists and of the Scottish Dermatological Society along with dermatologists from teaching and district hospitals. There are nominated representatives from the Primary Care Dermatology Society, British Dermatological Nursing Group, and Skincare Campaign Scotland. The adviser in dermatology to the Chief Medical Officer, Scotland and the dermatological representative of the Scottish Royal Colleges of Physicians are ex-officio members. The Council is chaired by the President of the Scottish Dermatological Society who also represents Scotland on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Dermatologists.