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Dr Nick Levell

Dr Nick Levell

Consultant Dermatologist
MBChB, MD, FRCP, MBA

Practising at

Spire Norwich Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Nick Levell at Spire include:

Dermatology

Other treatments

Skin patch testing for allergic eczema
Cryotherapy (freezing) for treatment of small skin lesions

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Professional profile

Nick Levell has been a Consultant Dermatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for 22 years where he is the senior dermatologist. He runs the patch testing service in Norwich which looks for allergy as a cause for eczema (see below). He is interested in the diagnosis of skin cancer but does not do surgery (other than cryotherapy) and works closely with surgical specialists to whom he refers when appropriate. As past-President of the British Society for Medical Dermatology he is particularly interested in diagnosis and treatment of complex skin or hair disorders. Nick does not do cosmetic or aesthetic dermatology.

Patch testing is used to identify whether eczema, particularly if in one area such as the hands, face or feet is due to allergy to something which has been in contact with the skin. A typical test will be to 40 - 100 different possible triggers. It is not usually used to test for food allergy or for cats, dogs, pollen etc for which blood tests may be helpful.

Nick treats over 60 patients per week on the NHS and privately, so sees over 2500 people per year. He patch tests on average around 300 people per year. He has been a dermatology consultant seeing this number of patients for 23 years.

As National Speciality Lead for Dermatology for the National Institute for Health Research, Nick is responsible for supporting delivery of over 40 research studies in over 200 centres in the UK. For over 10 years he has been on the steering group and executive of the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network, with over 800 members, which sets up large research studies to find the best treatments for many common skin diseases. His personal research follows a number of themes. He is interested in the causes of skin cancer and has published many research papers investigating this in collaboration with researchers at Cambridge. His research on health economics is in collaboration with the Universities of York and UEA investigating eczema, excessive sweating and vitiligo. Nick has set up historical research in dermatology as an academic subject in the UK with the aim of encouraging doctors to learn the lessons of history in current practice. He is Vice-President of the European Society for the History of Dermatovenereology.

As President of the British Association of Dermatologists (2016-2018), Nick spends time in London each week to support the aims of this charity which are the clinical services, education and research for the benefit for patients with skin diseases. The BAD produces patient information leaflets, guidelines for treatment and supports many patient support groups. It runs courses and conferences to educate professionals in dermatology. It supports research in the UK running large studies and co-ordinating other research groups. As President of the BAD, he sits on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and is a trustee of the British Skin Foundation, the major UK charity supporting dermatology research.

Nick is an Associate Editor of the Rook Textbook of Dermatology, the most comprehensive world textbook of Dermatology. He wrote chapters on Cutaneous Vasculitis and on History in the most recent edition. He has published 86 peer reviewed papers in medical journals, over 100 research abstracts at national or international scientific meetings and over 10 book chapters. He is invited each year to give lectures at many national and international meetings. He has been closely involved with student teaching at Norwich Medical School since the medical school course was first set up, working as a Senior Lecturer. His has a post as Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kings College London, reflecting work as the National Lead for Dermatology for the National Institute of Health Research. He has been involved in teaching students from the University of Grenada for over 20 years where he is an Honorary Associate Professor. His historical research resulted in the award of Honorary Willan Librarian for the British Association of Dermatologists.


Clinical Interests

Dermatology
Hair and nail disease
Skin cancer
Inflammatory skin disease

Skin patch testing for allergic eczema

Private contact details

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Dawn Trask
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 507
Private secretary email dawn.trask@spirehealthcare.com

Journals

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Qualification and professional memberships

FRCP / University of Manchester (MBChB 1985 + MD - a higher degree based on research- 1994) / 1985
Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCP is awarded by the Royal College of Physicians to some of those who have passed the MRCP exam


Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians: Council Member
British Association of Dermatologists: President 2016-2018 and Honorary Member
British Society for Medical Dermatologists: Past-President and Honorary Member
British Society for Cutaneous Allergy: Member
French Dermatology Society: Honorary Member
American Academy of Dermatology: International Member


Professional leadership

National Specialist Lead (Dermatology) for the National Institute for Health Research (responsible for over 40 studies in over UK centres) Council Member of the Royal College of Physicians London President of the British Association of Dermatologists (the British Dermatology Professional Body)

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Dermatologist: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Visiting Senior Lecturer: Kings College London; Honorary Senior Lecturer Norwich Medical School.

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Personal Profile

Nick enjoys running and cycling with friends.  He enjoys travel and walking overseas to explore new cultures, eat good food and see wildlife.

 

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