How long have you been a dermatologist and researcher and do you care for adults and children?

I have been working as a dermatologist since Jan 2000 and I completed my specialist training in 2008. I care for adults and children.

What inspired you to follow this career path?

I think the skin is such an important and interesting part of human health and I am inspired by the opportunities to make a real difference to people affected by dermatological disease if we can understand the skin better.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your role?

Not enough hours in the day.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s a privilege to try and help people with skin problems.

Why did you become involved with the ISG?

Specialist support groups are important for patients/families and healthcare professionals so we can learn from each other.

How do you raise awareness and signpost people towards the ISG?

We have ISG leaflets in our department but I also mention the organisation to patients and families affected by ichthyosis.

Why is being a dermatologist and researcher important to you?

Patients and the challenges that they face are what motivates and directs my research – so I value being a dermatologist, to hear about and share with these challenges directly. Being a researcher is important to me so that I have hope of better treatments in the future – hope for me as a clinician but also hope to share with my patients.

Outside of your role what are your interests and hobbies?

I have a large and over-friendly dog and I love walking. I also enjoy cycling (with my e-bike!) gardening and baking for friends and family.