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Summertime is finally here, and in order to enjoy it safely you need to ensure your skin is protected from sunburn no matter where you are.

According to the guidelines set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), sun exposure can bring about a number of health benefits but overexposure can cause skin damage and long term health problems.

This message can be confusing and NICE recognises that people working within the healthcare profession can play an important role in raising awareness and providing advice to the public.


By the end of this module you will be able to understand:

  • The health benefits of sunlight
  • How sunlight can damage the skin
  • How to recognise those at greater risk of skin damage
  • How to protect the skin in the sun
  • Sun protection factors
  • The advice to offer for treating or relieving sunburn