General description of the work Consultant Dermatologists undertake
The Consultant Dermatologist is a doctor specialising in the management and treatment of skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and skin infections.
Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence
- The management of patients who have long term skin conditions such as psoriasis.
- The long–term use of steroid creams on the skin.
- The side effects of treatments for skin problems.
Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles
The Consultant Dermatologist may also be known as a Skin Specialist
The Consultant Dermatologist will usually have MRCP or FRCP (Membership or Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians) after his name.
The Consultant Dermatologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Dermatology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.
The Consultant Dermatologists who prepare reports on medical negligence cases on our behalf are all experienced NHS Consultants. They are in active clinical practice and they are experienced at preparing medico–legal reports. They are willing to attend Court in the UK and Ireland provided that they are given enough notice and that their fees and expenses for attending are agreed in advance.
Each of the Consultant Dermatologists who prepare reports on our behalf has particular areas of clinical interest within dermatology and we match each case with the most appropriate Consultant.
The Consultant Dermatologists prepare their Reports for the benefit of the Courts. In other words, they prepare unbiased Reports in order to help the Court to decide the case, rather than to help one side or the other.
The Consultant Dermatologists examine all the documentation and details of the case and look at the standard of care that the Client received. They then give their opinion on whether or not the standard of care that the Client received fell below the standard of care he/she should have received.
Where necessary they provide background documentation and information to back–up their opinion.
Queries on the Report / Addendums
The Reports from the Consultant Dermatologists are usually very clear and give a concise opinion on the standard of care the Client received.
If minor clarifications are needed then these will be provided at no extra cost.
If, after the Report has been completed, additional documentation needs to be examined by the Consultant Dermatologist or if additional work needs to be done in order to provide an Addendum to the Report, then there may be an additional charge.