The team consists of six consultants with a large number of specialist nurse support. Dermatological diseases often signal other serious systemic conditions and the department works closely with other specialities such as: 

  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Neonatal medicine (particularly with genetic conditions)
  • Maxillo-facial surgery
  • ENT
  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Gynaecology.

Treatments undertaken in dermatology include:

  • Topical and systemic drugs
  • Phototherapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Iontophoresis
  • Surgery. 
  • There are specialist clinics in:
  • Skin cancer
  • Vulval skin disease
  • Male genital conditions
  • Transplant surgery
  • Combined clinics in rheumatology,
  • Contact allergy
  • Paediatrics.

A recent development is the planned establishment of a psycho-dermatology clinic. There are specialist interests in: medical dermatology, reference text books, medical education, speciality examinations and psycho-dermatology.

  • Consultants have major roles in National committees: 
  • British Society for the study of vulval disease
  • British Society of Sexual Health
  • HIV guideline development group
  • Collaborative working group with Obstetrics and Gynaecology developing a curriculum on vulval disease. 

The department is active in writing chapters for textbooks in dermatology such as ABC sexual health and male genital dermatosis.

Dermatology is an academic speciality and the department in ELHT is very active with many peer reviewed articles published in the national and international journals.

The department has a strong reputation for training and is praised by Health Education North West for supervision and team working and is recognised as an impressive ‘green’ on the GMC teaching and workload survey. In 2013 and 2016 the department co-ordinated and presented a national training day in partnership with the National Eczema Society which received excellent positive feedback. The Speciality Training Lead 2015 and member of the NW Speciality Training committee: StR training

Teaching and research achievements from consultants in ELHT include:

  • Editor of The Treatment of Skin Disease (edition 5, 2018)
  • E learning modules on Nail disease, Psycho-dermatology and delusions of parasitosis
  • Co-author in articles for ‘Dermatology in Practice’
  • Adviser to the national centre for excellence in Behcets disease
  • National question writers for the Speciality Certificate Examination in Dermatology 2008 - 18.
  • Lectures the British Society for Sexual health and HIV courses
  • British Association of Dermatologists Biologics;  principal investigator, steering group member, guideline development group (NICE national accredited guideline for the use of biologics in psoriasis)
  • You tube videos on dermatological conditions.

Consultant Dermatologists

  • Dr Owen
  • Dr Hafejee
  • Dr Kaur
  • Dr Arun
  • Dr Coulson 
  • Dr Shah

Research and Audit

There are continuing quality improvement projects and audits. The team have had roles from the lead for the national audit of erosive lichen planus to a principal investigator role to the hELP study (Systemic therapy in erosive Lichen Planus). There is a Principal Investigator for the biomarkers of systemic treatment outcomes in psoriasis (BSTOP) study. Four National prizes have been awarded at national Dermatological conferences

Access individual Consultant research in web sites below

  • East Lancashire hospitals NHS Trust@
  • Pubmed
  • Google scholar

Pubmed entries and Researchgate (main authors):

                                RG                                           Pubmed

 Dr CM Owen        RG 31.80

Dr M Shah             RG 27.44

Dr IH Coulson        ---------                                    66 papers

Dr Hafejee                                                             8 papers