Dr Stephen Kownacki - Executive Chairman
He developed his interest in dermatology on the Northampton VTS scheme under the guidance of Dr Dick Coles, founder of the Psoriasis Association. He worked as a hospital practitioner at Northampton General Hospital for almost 30 years.
He retired in July 2011 from being senior partner in a large Wellingborough practice where he developed a nurse led advisory service for the PCG/PCT which was open for patient self-referrals. This proved how much education and the development of expertise in their personal care helped many other patients thus proving an efficient and improved service model. Sadly now defunct!
He remains active in the education of registrars locally and enjoys giving talks and writing particularly about the dissemination of knowledge and the development of learning practices. It is the importance of basic knowledge of common conditions that provides the biggest benefits to the largest number of patients.
He is keen to break down the barriers between the professions and to develop a more cohesive approach to the care of patients with skin problems. As chair of the PCDS he meets regularly with the BAD President to discuss items of mutual interest.
He is involved with all aspects of the society activities especially the Essential Dermatology series 1 and 2 and the Dermoscopy for Beginners courses at all of which he chairs and lectures. He represents the society on many stakeholder groups including the Dermatology Council for England (DCE) and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS.)
Dr Angelika Razzaque - Vice Chairman
I joined the PCDS executive committee in 2013 and have recently been elected vice chair, following in the footsteps of our ex-committee member and now trustee Tom Poyner. My interest in dermatology goes back to medical school training. Having graduated in Germany I was fortunate enough to have a full semester of lectures and practical sessions during my training and a three month posting in the dermatology department during my final year. This interest has never left, even after coming to the UK to complete my postgraduate qualification as a GP. I am now a GP partner and trainer in South East London, I completed the Cardiff diploma in 2009 amongst other qualifications and have been actively involved in the pathway redesign work for our local CCG of which I am now also a clinical director. I provide an in-house dermatology service for our 11,000 patient list size which amounts to approximately 10-20 referrals weekly from my colleagues. My main interest lies in medical dermatology; however I am a great advocate of using a dermatoscope not only in lesion recognition management.
I have lectured on behalf of the PCDS for Essential Dermatology as well as locally for GP's and GP registrars on our VTS. This is where I see our future: continuing to provide education working together with our colleagues from the BAD and the RCGP.
Outside my dermatology remit, I am married with two children; enjoy travelling including skiing trips and exercise regularly to keep up with the pace of life. I love reading and making the most of living in London with its cultural and culinary diversity.
Dr Iain Henderson - Scottish Repesentative
Iain Henderson graduated from Glasgow University in 1980 and entered General Practice in Glasgow in 1986. He obtained the Diploma in Practical Dermatology in 1997 from Cardiff and started a Hospital Practitioner session in Dermatology in 2001 at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow.
Since 1999 he has been GP organiser of the Western Infirmary Dermatology Club and is keen to raise the awareness, profile and membership of the PCDS in Scotland. To this effect he is one of the organisers of the Annual Scottish Meeting of the PCDS. He is the Primary Care Advisor for Skin Care Campaign Scotland and represents the PCDS on the Scottish Council for Dermatology.
Outwith dermatology, Iain is an undergraduate tutor for Glasgow University Medical School, Honorary Lecturer for the Department of Pharmacology at Strathclyde University, deputy trainer in his practice and a Hospital Practitioner in Orthopaedics.
He is a self-confessed sports nut whose main sporting interests are playing golf, badminton, skiing and rugby refereeing.
Dr Liz Ogden - Secretary
Liz Ogden went to St Andrews and then Manchester Universities, graduating in 1975. She undertook her vocational training in Enfield, Middlesex before becoming a GP principal in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. After five years in General Practice she moved abroad and worked for six years in Bermuda. While there Liz’s passion for dermatology was rekindled, and on returning to the UK she enrolled in the Cardiff Diploma Course in Dermatology. Upon completion of this in 1993, Liz became a Clinical Assistant at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, working for Dr Tina Green. She has continued to develop her interest in Dermatology and is now an Associate Specialist at both the Lister Hospital North Herts and also in West Herts where she works in the community and in secondary care clinics.
Liz also has a strong interest in Women’s Health and does community sexual and reproductive health sessions. She is an MFFP examiner for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. She has a particular interest in Vulval Dermatology and runs a dedicated clinic for this in Enfield.
Liz is keen on GP and nurse postgraduate education and is particularly interested in promoting greater Dermatology input into both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She has been on the PCDS committee for the last 7 years, contributing particularly to the Society’s educational events and has been Secretary of the Society for the past 4 years.
Liz represents the PCDS on the Skin Care Campaign, an umbrella organization for skin charities, which lobbies parliament to improve services for dermatology patients, and through this has had a role in rewriting the GP Registrar Dermatology Curriculum.
She is married and has two teenage children. Her hobbies are travel and cooking but she says she has insufficient time to do enough of either.
Dr Brian Malcolm
Qualified Edinburgh 1981;interest in dermatology started with a clinical assistant post at North Devon District Hospital in 1988 progressing through the ranks to becoming Associate Specialist in 2005.He has been a member of the PCDS since its inception and is a long serving committee member and former treasurer. He represented the PCDS on the national “Action on Dermatology” programme. He is a former winner of the prestigious “Doctor of the Year” award in dermatology as well as the RCGP Paul Freeling award for education and also achieved “Beacon Status “for his practice.
He retired as senior partner at Litchdon Medical Centre, Barnstaple at the end of 2015 after almost 30 years but continues in his roles as a community dermatologist and Associate Specialist. He authored the very successful “Core Tutorials in Dermatology for Primary Care” and was a long term examiner for both the Cardiff and Glasgow diplomas. His particular interests are skin cancer, skin surgery,dermoscopy and education.
Dr Stephen Hayes
Dr Stephen Hayes graduated from Southampton in 1979. After house jobs and an initial interest in surgery he trained as a GP, working on a council estate in east Southampton from 1985-2002. A growing interest in dermatology led to the Cardiff Diploma in Practical Dermatology in 1995-6, and work as a clinical assistant in southern Hampshire.
He was involved in developing one of the first GPwSI dermatology schemes in response to local needs, which went fully live in 2002. He worked for a year on the Isle of Wight as a 6 session a week hospital practitioner in dermatology. He is currently a portfolio doctor doing GP sessions, GPwSI community work under Practice Based Commissioning with an independent GP owned company (Solent Medical Services) including NICE compliant skin cancer work, and hospital practitioner skin cancer clinic sessions.
He is an active freelance teacher on GP and nurse dermatology courses and has written several articles for national GP magazines, some illustrated with his own digital photographs, developed a CDROM ‘lessons on lesions’ about sun related skin lesions, and regularly teaches a half day dermoscopy course with his consultant mentor Dr Catriona Henderson. Stephen has been active on the PCDS committee since June 2004.
Stephen and his wife Julia planted and manage a 5 acre orchard of English apples in Durley, Hampshire, the story of which is told on his blog and website at www.fruitwise.net. He has recently put a series of video tutorials about apple tree pruning on youtube, and plays mandolin with Wickham Morris dance side.
His particular medical interests are GP education in dermatology and the development of dermoscopy
Dr Tim Cunliffe - GPSI in Dermatology and Skin Surgery - PCDS Website lead
Tim Cunliffe qualified at the Newcastle University Medical School in 1993. After completing a vocational training course Tim became a GP in Darlington in 1999. Soon after starting work as a GP he attained the Glasgow Diploma in Dermatology and started to work as a clinical assistant in Dermatology.
In 2001 he became a GPwSI in Dermatology and Skin Surgery and now works for Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust. His working week includes providing a community based dermatology & skin surgery service in addition to General Practice, he is also a member of the dermatology directorate at James Cook University Hospital where he provides one outpatient clinic a week.
Tim spends a significant amount of time on his travels and does much work with the Department of Health. He has worked on the PWSI National Accreditation Steering Group, the GPwSI in Dermatology and Skin Skin Surgery Working Group, the Clinical Advisory Group and QOL groups for 18-weeks.
Tim also enjoys the educational aspects of his work both at a local and national level, and is the lead author of the PCDS website.
Outside of work Tim enjoys the great outdoors and loves travel, wildlife photography and skiing.
Dr Christy Chou - Lead for Skin Surgery
Dr Christy Chou qualified in 1985 at Dundee University.
He completed the Cleveland Vocational training scheme in General Practice in 1989 and was a full time GP Principle until 1994.
Christy started his training in Plastic Surgery in 1994 at Shotley Bridge Hospital and has been a Hospital practitioner in Plastic Surgery (part time) since January 1996.
In 2001 he initiated the Minor Surgery Service for Darlington PCT and Dales PCT. He currently works as the Primary Care Surgeon for the two organisations.
Christy performs 2,000 cases of skin surgery per year; approximately 50% of these are skin cancer, which is one of his main interests. One of his other interests is teaching GP’s and SHO’s in Plastic Surgery to improve their surgical skills. He runs a basic core skill programme for plastic surgery in Durham and a flap course at Newcastle University.
Christy has been a committee member of the Primary Care Dermatology Society since September 2006 and runs surgical teaching courses for the society.
Dr Julian Peace - Treasurer
Julian qualified from Sheffield University in 1990 and, despite the presence of excellent transport links to other parts of the country, has worked in South Yorkshire ever since. He was fortunate to do a ‘house-job’ that included a significant amount of dermatology and has been drawn to the subject ever since. Since 1994 he has been a partner in a practice in Stocksbridge, to the north of Sheffield and has also worked at Barnsley District GeneralHospital on and off since 1999 when he found the time to complete the Cardiff diploma. Currently, alongside his primary care commitments, he works as a GPwSI delivering a part community, part hospital general dermatology clinic.
Since joining the PCDS committee in 2007, he has joined the education sub-committee and represents the society at the UK skin cancer working party at the BAD in London.
In common with the aims of the society, Julian has an interest in dermatology education and has spoken on a variety of topics around Barnsley and Sheffield. He is particularly interested in skin cancer and its prevention and would encourage more people to think about wearing a hat.
Julian is married and has two daughters and curates a growing domestic menagerie. He enjoys cooking – particularly baking bread – and searching out obscure progressive rock bands. He would love to spend more time in Italy but would then find it even harder to go and see Leeds United than he does at the moment.
Helen qualified from Bristol University in 1993. She did a variety of jobs around the South West before going to Australia for 6 months. She was still there 3 and half years later! It was there that she developed an interest in dermatology, after seeing and treating many skin cancers that presented at younger ages than in the UK.
She returned to England and completed her GP training in Devon. Her enthusiasm for dermatology was rekindled when she did the Cardiff Diploma in 2006. Helen was a tutor and examiner for the Cardiff Course for 3 years following this.
Helen works as a ¾ time GP Principal in Plymouth, is also a GPwSI in Plymouth and a Hospital Practitioner in Exeter. Her special interest lies in all aspects of general dermatology. She leaves the fiddly surgical work to people blessed with much more patience for fine detail.
Helen enjoys spending her spare time outdoors, whatever the weather. This is mainly spent running through bogs and dodging rocks and wild animals on Dartmoor. She would like to thank her long-suffering husband and children for putting up with her obsessive interest in dermatology.
Dr George Moncrieff
George Moncrieff graduated from St Thomas’ Hospital, London in 1979 and was awarded the Grainger prize in Dermatology in his final year. After a few years in hospital medicine he decided General Practice would be more fulfilling and joined the Banbury VTS. In the 1984 he acquired MRCP.
He has been a full time partner in Bicester since 1985. He was a trainer from 1989 to 2007 and an undergraduate medical tutor in Oxford from1999 until 2012.
From 2000 until 2010 he was an examiner for the DCH.
He has been a member of the PCDS since 1997 and a committee member since 2000. He obtained the DPD from Cardiff in 1998 and was an external examiner for this Diploma from 1998 until 2005.
Since 2000 he has run an ‘interface dermatology clinic’ for patients in the North-East of Oxfordshire. Currently the practices looking after a population of over 80,000 send most of their Dermatology to this clinic (excluding obvious two-week bureau referrals).
From 2010 until 2014 he was the RCGP Curriculum Guardian for Dermatology. In 2014 he was elected Chair of The Dermatology Council for England, a body that aims to represent the issues facing Dermatology, including patient support groups, health care professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. I am now only working part-time as a GP, spending more time on Dermatology and my family.
He is married with three sons who are now all married. He has two grandsons but still manages to enjoy skiing and tennis. He also enjoys the occasional game of bridge or chess.
Dr Neil Shroff
Neil qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1995. He did basic surgical training at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital obtaining the Associate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1999. He held hospital posts in Plastic Surgery around the country but came to the conclusion that family life and settling down were more important to him. Therefore he completed the Nottingham vocational training scheme in 2005.
One of his posts was in dermatology, through which his plastic surgery skills came in useful. Additionally, he developed close links with the dermatology department, carrying out waiting list skin cancer work. During this time he completed the Diploma in Clinical Dermatology based at St Barts and the London Hospital in 2006.
In 2007 Neil, along with one of his partners, developed a community skin cancer service that served a population of 110,000 and would see between 12-15 new patients a week. The service concentrated on pre-cancerous skin lesions and basal cell carcinomas. In 2009 the service won a national practice-based commissioning award for 'best dermatology redesign'.
Neil has given talks to newly qualified GPs and Primary Care Nurses, additionally he has taught dermatological surgery on national courses training dermatology nurses. He is the GP representative for the East Midlands Skin Cancer Network and has been an active participant in skin cancer audit. He is keen on skin lesion and dermoscopy education for primary care.
Neil is a GP partner in Nottingham, working full time. He is married with 2 young boys and enjoys Aikido, circuit-training and is the 'long suffering' crowd doctor for Notts County Football Club.
Dr Michelle Ralph - Bulletin editor
Michelle qualified at St Barts London in 1991 and worked in London and Reading before completing her MRCP training at Ipswich. After a career change she finished her vocational training for MRCGP in Essex and became a ½ time GMS partner in the semi-rural village practice of Thaxted.
She has always had a passion for dermatology and was one of the first co-hort to complete the Barts- London dermatology diploma in 2002. She has worked as a GPwSI in dermatology for over 10 years and provides a community based dermatology and surgical service for the patients of North Uttlesford.
Michelle is married with 2 teenage children. She loves travelling and is a keen skier.
Michelle joined the PCDS committee in 2013 and her present role is editor of the quarterly bulletin.
I trained at Cambridge University, graduating in 1996, and chose the Oxford VTS because at the time it was one of the few in the country to offer dermatology as a part of the rotation. I am now a GP partner in Cheltenham, and have a very heavily dermatology based list. I do an in-house skin clinic once a week, and have a weekly "quick look" clinic for patients concerned about a single skin lesion, to ensure that nobody who is concerned they may have a skin cancer has to wait longer than a week fora dermoscopy based opinion.
I achieved the top mark in the Cardiff diploma in practical dermatology in 2010, and never really left after that, becoming first an examiner then forum moderator for the DPD forums. I am also a tutor for the Cardiff introduction to dermoscopy course.
I am passionate about teaching dermatology, and passing on the enthusiasm I have for the subject.
I have 2 children, and in my occasional spare time, I make greetings cards and crochet jewellery.