We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
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:
Treatments undertaken in dermatology include:
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.
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:
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
Pubmed entries and Researchgate (main authors):
Dr CM Owen RG 31.80
Dr M Shah RG 27.44
Dr IH Coulson --------- 66 papers
Dr Hafejee 8 papers