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2018 Speakers

Chair: Dr George Moncrieff, GPSI dermatology and chair, Dermatology Council for England

In January this year Dr George Moncrieff retired from his General Practice partnership in rural North Oxfordshire where he had been a GP partner since 1985. 

His interests include Dermatology, Child Health and Medical Education.  He was a GP trainer for 19 years and an undergraduate tutor at Oxford University for 12 years. He was an examiner for the DCH for 10 years and an external examiner for the Cardiff Diploma in Practical Dermatology until 2005.  He has been Chair of The Dermatology Council for England since 2013 working closely with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Skin disease. He was the Dermatology Curriculum Guardian for the RCGP from 2009 for four years.  He is a committee member of the PCDS.  

From 2000 until retiring he ran an interface Dermatology service from his practice, receiving about 15 new referrals each week from the local GPs, covering a population of 80,000. He now works one day a week in a private practice in Oxford city and provides locum support as needed to a number of local practices. This means he can now concentrate on his interests in teaching dermatology, as well as spending time pursuing his non-medical interest and looking after his grandchildren.

Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist and honorary senior lecturer

Dr Anton Alexandroff is an Honorary Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, Harley St Offices, Cambridge Nuffield Health hospital, Leicester Spire hospital, Leicester Nuffield Health hospital and Bedford BMI Manor hospital.

Clinically trained in the United Kingdom, he has worked at major NHS Teaching and Private Hospitals in Cambridge, Newcastle, Nottingham, Leicester and London.  He began his research career with a PhD at Edinburgh University in the field of Cancer Immunology and has since published over 40 peer-reviewed research papers and reviews.  Dr Alexandroff  continues to believe that research is very important as it widens clinicians’ horizons and contributes to improving  patient care.  

Dr Simon Clay, GPSI and hospital practitioner in Dermatology, Birmingham

Dr Simon Clay is a full time GP in Birmingham. He is interested in Medical Informatics and has had an interest in the coding requirements for QOF since its inception. He lectures nationally on the QOF rules – focusing on the new codes and disease areas each new QOF year and also on the “catches” inherent in each new iteration of the QOF Business rules. He aims to help GP practices avoid losing points and to optimise their QOF scores. He has written extensively on the QOF for Pulse magazine & also advised on and Beta tests QOF support software for GP computer systems. Outwith the QOF field, he in a Hospital Practitioner in Dermatology at Birmingham Skin centre and also plays Association Croquet – at which he is an Ex-World record holder.

Dr Helen Cox, consultant in paediatric allergy, asthma and immunology, London

Dr Helen Cox is a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at St Mary’s Hospital London, the Harley Street Clinic and BUPA Cromwell Hospital. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and faculty clinical lead for the Allergy MSC. She received her doctorate in “eczema genetics” from University College London. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She sits on several national guidelines groups including RCPCH, BSACI and NICE.

Dr Tony Downs, consultant dermatologist and clinical director, DMC Healthcare

Dr Tony Downs has been a consultant dermatologist since 2000. He has held NHS consultant posts in Exeter and Taunton. He remains active in training nurses, GPs, dermatology trainees and other dermatology consultants at local, regional, national and international levels, particularly in skin cancer diagnosis and skin surgery, skin laser treatment and psoriasis management. He has contributed to psoriasis research and published extensively on this subject in the medical literature.

Dr Downs continues to see NHS and private patients in Devon for general dermatology, cosmetic and skin cancer concerns. In 2014 he moved from the Royal Devon & Exeter and took the opportunity to use his experience to support the national development of NHS community dermatology services and was appointed the Clinical Director for Dermatology for DMC Healthcare.

Dr Liz Ogden, associate specialist and clinical lead, Community Skin Service North and East Hertfordshire

Dr Ogden trained and worked as a GP and started in Dermatology in 1993 as a Clinical Assistant and has worked in both hospital and community dermatology ever since then. She is clinical lead of the Hertfordshire Community Trust Skin Health Service and is an Associate Specialist in East and North Herts NHS Trust. She works as well in Reproductive and Sexual Health. Her special interests are Genital Dermatology , Paediatrics and Psychodermatology.

Dr Nav Paul, GPSI and senior clinical fellow in dermatology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nav Paul has over 12 years of clinical experience and originally completed her training as a GP in Kent. After being accredited as a GPSI in Dermatology by NHS England, she developed a keen interest in this speciality and is now pursuing further training in this field. She currently works as a Clinical Fellow in Dermatology at the Royal Free NHS Trust with an aim to achieve Specialist Registration via the CESR route. She has also worked as a Clinical Lead for the CCG as well as a freelance Clinical Author, co-authoring a Textbook for Paediatrics in Primary Care as well as updating NICE-CKS guidelines. She continues to be actively involved in teaching and training and regularly attend educational conferences to ensure her clinical practice is up to date. Dr. Paul hopes to develop her career in Dermatology whilst building on solid foundations of her previous clinical experience.


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  • Dermatology 2018

    “Well organised, very relevant information, well presented. One of the best courses I’ve been on.”

    Dr Camilla Arthur


  • Dermatology 2018

    “Very informative and well presented. Always a hallmark of Pulse’s seminars.”

     Dr Herman Lai

  • CVD & Diabetes 2017

    “One of the best conferences I have ever attended! I learnt so much and have begun to change my practice already. Thanks to all the speakers they were excellent!”

    Dr Gunen Ucyigit

  • Women’s Health 2017

    Came out educated, more confident to tackle related problems in surgery.”

    Dr Raj Aggarwal

  • CVD & Diabetes 2017

    Excellent, amazing, very well organised, useful and practical, this is the best seminar i have attended.”

    Dr Alaa Suliman

  • Women’s Health 2017

    A very useful day as most of the talks were relevant to my daily practice. ”Prescribing in Pregnancy” has changed my practice completely in certain aspects.”

    Dr Eliza V. Moldovan 

  • Dermatology 2018

    “This is the second time I have been to the pulse dermatology seminar, and I would do so again. The material is practical, relevant and interesting.”

    Dr Sue Rutherford