Hello everyone,

Welcome to our podcast series from Mind & Skin. Our podcasts aim to raise awareness of the psychological impact that a skin condition may have on a person’s mental health. In addition, we aim to increase the profile of pscyhodermatology. We will provide an alternative theme for each podcast and will have different guest speakers from various backgrounds to provide a wider understanding of the paradigm.

We also hope that people who listen to the podcasts will be reminded of the fantastic and dedicated work that our NHS does everyday.

Podcast 1: “Simon Parker & Holly Dillion discuss vitiligo and psoriasis”.

In our first podcast Mind & Skin were joined by Holly Dillion and Simon Parker. Holly and Simon share their experiences of living with psoriasis and vitiligo on a daily basis. In just some of the podcast they discuss personal relationships, dating, advice for dermatologists and developing self-resilience. We hope that fellow patients will feel more connected in knowing that there are other people in the wider community who might share similar stories and experiences.


Simon Oates’s comments “Simon and Holly were fantastic in sharing their personal stories with us. It is not always easy to be open and honest when discussing personal experiences and they deserve much praise for this. They are both inspirational people and we aim to work with them much more in the future. Thank you to Holly and Simon for sharing their time with us. Please check out their blogs in following their experiences with psoriasis and vitiligo”. 

*Please note at the start of the podcast there was local building works which may arise in the podcast. In addition, there are some slightly adult themes in this podcast.



Holly & Simon’s blog pages:

Holly (GetYourSkinOut): www.getyourskinout.com

Simon (simonsvitiligoblog): www.simonsvitiligoblog.com


Podcast 2: “Dr Bewley: Dermatology Consultant”.


In this episode we were joined by Dr Bewley who is a Dermatology Consultant at Barts Health NHS Trust, London. Tony is also chairman of PsychodermatologyUK. In this episode we discuss the psychological impact of having a skin condition, patient empowerment and the need for improved communication between patients and health care providers.


Simon’s comment’s ” One of our charity aims is to promote communication between patients and doctors. We were honoured to work with Tony in delivering this podcast. Tony is a pleasure to work with as he is very informative and helpful. He uses his influence as a respected practitioner to stimulate new research and debate within psychodermatology. We hope you find it interesting and educational to hear from a doctor’s perspective”. 

If you would like to learn more about Dr Bewley and PsychodermatologyUK please follow the link: https://www.psychodermatology.co.uk/

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Podcast 3: “Dr Avad Mughal: Eczema”

In this episode we are joined by Dr Mughal who is a Consultant Dermatologist. Just some of the things we discuss in this podcast are basic principles of treatment, steroid phobia, associated disability and stigma.


Simon’s comments: “We we delighted that Dr Avad Mughal would collaborate with us in our most recent podcast. We hear more frequently from patients with eczema so to provide a dedicated episode is fantastic. He provides an informative and concise insight into the daily experiences of patients with eczema. Thank you to Dr Mughal for volunteering his time and expertise with us and Julie Peconi for helping facilitate this podcast”.

Dr Mughal is a Consultant dermatologist in Singleton Hospital, Swansea. Honorary senior clinical lecturer at Swansea University. Trustee at Skin Care Cymru. Co-Editor of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. Training Programme Director for Dermatology, South Wales. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University.

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Podcast 4: “Dr Thompson: Clinical Psychology”.

We were delighted that Dr Andrew Thompson could join us for our latest podcast. Dr Thompson is an adviser for the All Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS) and was involved in the development of the Skin Support service with the British Association of Dermatology (BAD). Links below for the Skin Support service, Andrew’s university page and references mentioned in the podcast.


Simon’s comments: “Dr Thompson is a widely respected professional and when he agreed to help us with a podcast I was delighted. This is because this is the first time we have had a clinical psychologist in joining us. An interesting part of the podcast was hearing Andrew’s expertise and experiences of patients exploring there self-concept and bodily ideals in relation to CBT. Links below for organisations and academic references mentioned in the podcast.

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Dr Thompson: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/psychology/staff/academic/andrew-thompson

Skin Support: http://www.skinsupport.org.uk/

References from podcast: thompson references podcast

Coming next: “Patient special: Melanoma, Eczema & Roscea” with Skin Care Cyrmu.


Podcast disclaimer

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If you might be interested in taking part in a future podcast, please contact us via: https://www.mindandskin.co.uk/contact/

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In order for us to continue our work, we need your help. We rely entirely on your donations to provide services to our beneficiaries. All of our staff run Mind & Skin in their spare time on a voluntary basis. If you can, please make a small charitable donation. At the bottom of this page below, donations can be made either via BTMyDonate or JustGiving.

Thank you.

Nick Webb: 

Mr Webb produced our first two podcasts. If you might be interested in his services or more of his work please follow the link: