Want to diagnose skin cancers like an international expert?

Skin cancer diagnosis is a huge responsibility. Practitioners all over the UK face this challenge day in and day out. GPs, practice nurses, dermatology nurses, plastic surgeons and dermatologists feel the weight of this responsibility on a daily and weekly basis.

In addition, there is time pressure, patient expectation and medico legal pressure.

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Dr D Rallan, Director and Chief Consultant Diamond Skin Care

Many practitioners put in this position have a set of ‘coping’ mechanisms culminating in a large volume of onward referrals and/or inappropriate excisions.

We have found however, that most healthcare professionals, at heart, aspire to be efficient and effective in the service of their patients.

No practitioner wants to put their patient at unnecessary surgical risk nor miss a treatable skin cancer.

Also, for any healthcare worker, it feels undeniably good to get a diagnosis right with direct perceivable benefit to the patient. Whether this be complete peace of mind or saving a life. There is, in my experience, no greater gratification than this in all medical service.

Yet, a structured way to train and mentor practitioners in skin cancer assessment, to a high level of confidence and competence did not exist in the UK – until now!

The Diamond Training Institute, therefore created…

The UK’s ONLY Dermoscopy mentoring course – created by Dr D Rallan; International Academic Expert In Dermoscopy

For GPs, practice nurses, dermatology nurses, dermatologists and plastic surgeons. No prior experience needed. This programme was paused during the lockdown months but is now ready to restart!

A.M. December 2022

I have found the Dermoscopy course to be well organised, supported and structured. It massively improved my scope of practice in the recognition and safe diagnosis of skin cancer. I think this course is not only beneficial for Dermatology specialist, but for any health care professional involved in primary, community and skin cancer healthcare sectors.

Learn direct from an international expert, how to be an expert in skin cancer assessment:

  • Refer, excise or discharge with complete confidence.
  • Diagnose with professional competence.
  • Learn how to never miss a skin cancer.
  • One to one mentoring on at least 5 cases per month.
  • Understand dermoscopy terminology as standardised by the International Dermoscopy Society.
  • Option to become a Certified Dermoscopy practitioner (by examination).
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Dermoscopy course details

  • Complete all assessments online.
  • Complete all lectures online.
  • Discounted DL3N  Dermatoscope  and adapter provided as part of the course!
  • Monthly lectures.
  • 5 cases per month picked for group discussion (this is in addition to the individual cases for one to one discussion).
  • Secure upload platform for case photos.
  • Certified Practitioners can train others in dermoscopy and take part in DSC private skin cancer screening programmes across UK.

The course content is completed in the first 6 months. All one to one case discussions (30 in total for each candidate) and mock assessments are completed by month 8 followed by the final assessment and certification.

Course requirements and qualifications

  • DL3N dermatoscope (provided).
  • Dermoscopic attachment kit (provided).
  • Clinical environment where patients with skin lesions are regularly seen face to face.
  • You must be a Registered healthcare practitioner with valid registration details in your country of residence. Healthcare professionals who do not belong to any recognised EU or international register will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • The course and course materials are prepared in English.

Summer Intake Course date – 23/07/2023

Autumn Intake Course date – 25/09/2023

Winter Intake Course date – 22/01/2024

Dermoscopy course fee – £3750. Deposit of £1500 at registration and the rest collected in monthly instalments. (Includes dermatoscope and camera worth £1300)

Early bird discount – £2720 – Register 10 working days prior to start of intake for each course.


Dr Deepak Rallan is one of the first consultants in the United Kingdom to acquire the title of International Academic Expert in Dermoscopy via Medical University of Graz in 2015. He will be representing the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS) as a UK board member for the IDS as of June 2021. Dr Rallan is the creator and author of this course which he first taught informally in 2014 to residents and registrars in his local department. The appetite for learning and up skilling has meant that the course is now available internationally to healthcare practitioners who regularly see skin lesions in their day to day work.

To register and for further enquires please email [email protected] with reference: UK Dermoscopy Mentoring Course. You will be sent out course details, a registration form and your personal login details for the training platform(s).