Dr Kathleen Anne Ward

Consultant Dermatologist
MB, Bch, BAO (Hons), MD, FRCP

Practising at

Spire Little Aston Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Kathleen Anne Ward at Spire include:


Paediatrics - dermatology

Other treatments

Skin excision of malignant lesion

Vulval complaints

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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Professional profile

I am a consultant dermatologist with over 20 years' experience in helping both adults and children with skin, hair, nail and vulval problems. I graduated from The Queen's University of Belfast in 1987, with an honours degree. Undergraduate prizes include The Whitla Prize in therapeutics and pharmacology, The Taylor Prize in dermatology, The Sinclair Medal in surgery and The Final MB Prize - 1st in year. I completed my MD Thesis in 1993 and was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 2002, being short-listed for the prestigious Goulstonian Lectureship. In 2016, I was elected president of the Midlands Dermatology Society.

I specialise in general dermatology with specific interest in allergy testing for skin rashes, the treatment of skin cancer and the management of vulval conditions. My specialist procedures include photodynamic therapy (for skin cancers and skin rejuvenation) and the cosmetic removal of cysts, warts and moles. Since 2006, I have held a busy clinic for non-surgical aesthetic procedures, such as dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing injections.

Over the years, I have had several leadership positions in the NHS including lead clinician for skin cancer services (1996 - 2005), lead clinician for dermatology (2006 - 2009) and lead clinician for photodynamic therapy at Cannock Chase Hospital (1999 - 2016). To date, I have been awarded nine Clinical Excellence Awards in recognition of the quality and excellence of my NHS patient care. As clinical supervisor for dermatology trainees in the West Midlands (2004 -2016), I taught in a dedicated vulval clinic, receiving referrals from GPs, gynaecologists and dermatologists from neighbouring hospitals. I continue to see the full range of vulval problems including lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, eczema, vulval pain syndromes and vulval cancers.

In addition to my clinical work, I am proud to have served as a member of the Clinical Services Committee and the Photodynamic Therapy Guideline Development Group at the British Association of Dermatologists. In 2015, our group began the process of updating the national guidelines for photodynamic therapy, and has helped to develop national standards for the delivery of photodynamic therapy services in the UK.

I have received some lovely feedback from patients in the form of testimonials and also as independent patient reviews, which can be found on the iWantGreatCare website.

Clinical Interests

Aesthetic dermatology
Dermatological surgery
Inflammatory skin disease
Paediatric dermatology
Skin cancer

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Media Coverage

iWantGreatCare reviews of Dr Kathleen Anne Ward

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB Bch BAO (Hons) / Queen's University of Belfast / 1987
Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics Completion of medical training.
MB Bch BAO is a degree given to doctors who graduate after medical school in the United Kingdom.

MD / Queen’s University of Belfast / 1993
Degree of Medicine
Postgraduate degree, awarded following a period of original Research and successful submission of a Thesis for review by external examiners.

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians
British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease
British Association of Dermatologists
British Cosmetic Dermatology Group
British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Midlands Dermatology Society
British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Lead clinician for skin cancer, Mid Staffordshire (1996 - 2005)
Lead clinician for dermatology, Cannock Chase Hospital (2006 - 2009)
Lead clinician for photodynamic therapy, Cannock Chase Hospital (1999 - 2016)

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Current NHS posts

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

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Personal Profile

In my spare time, I like to read, sew, walk my border terriers and gossip with friends. In a previous life I enjoyed travelling. Nowadays, I provide a taxi service for my two teenage daughters.

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Financial Interests

I have no financial interest, including holding shares, in the hospital and/or Spire Healthcare.

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Private contact details

Email info@lichfield-skincare.co.uk
Website http://www.lichfield-skincare.co.uk
Private secretary Geraldine Fahy
Private secretary telephone 0121 580 7216 (Secretary) 01543 251 807 (Answering Service)
Private secretary email geraldine.fahy@spirehealthcare.com