Dermatologists are doctors who diagnose, investigate, treat and manage the conditions of children and adults with skin disease.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

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Nature of the work

Skin disease is very common, accounting for approximately 15 per cent of GP consultations, and the number of possible dermatological diagnoses has been estimated at 4000, each of which can present in different ways. In secondary care, dermatology offers a wide variety of case mix in all age groups from mild complaints to severe, life limiting inflammatory disorders.

Dermatologists treat conditions such as:

Most dermatologists are skin surgeons as well as physicians. Skin surgery is an important part of practice, with most dermatologists having at least one theatre list per week. However, they refer patients for laser therapy to laser specialist surgeons. Within the hospital setting, dermatologists are often consulted with regards to patients under the care of other specialists. They also jointly manage patients.

Common procedures/interventions

These include:


There are no CCT sub-specialties associated with dermatology but many dermatologists develop sub-specialty interests such as:

What to learn more?

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