Name and Position

Professor Nick Levell MD FRCP MBA

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number:01603 288225


Department page: Dermatology            

Sub-speciality Medical Dermatology

Special clinical interests : Allergy testing for eczema; skin vasculitis and connective tissue disorders.  He was the President for the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and chairs the BAD Therapy and Guidelines Committee producing dermatology national guidelines and patient information leaflets.  He is the National Clinical Lead (Dermatology) for NHS Improvement, leading on the GIRFT programme which is improving quality of care by reducing unwarranted variation between hospitals.

Research interests :   He is the Specialty National UK Lead for Dermatology for the National Institute of Health Research, the UK Government’s Medical Research Unit which runs over 60 dermatology studies in over 250 UK centres. Nick is an Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. His research interests include : medical dermatology; epidemiology of skin cancer; treatment of severe psoriasis; health economics research; history of Dermatology and health services delivery.  He is on the Executive and steering committee of the UK dermatology clinical trials network (of over 800 clinicians) involved in trials of treatments for common skin diseases, designed by groups of professionals and patients, to a network of hospitals across the UK.  Current studies include treatment of psoriasis, research looking for genes causing psoriasis and drug reactions, artificial intelligence, health economics of eczema and hidradenitis, patient experience in acne, skin cancer epidemiology.           

Secretary:  Katie Taylor

GMC number: 3054112       

Degrees & Universities:  MBChB (Manchester) MD (Manchester) FRCP (London) MBA (Open)

His MD doctorate was on use of image analysis in dermatology and has continued research using computer technology in this area.   He has a master’s degree in management (MBA) from the Open University and has an interest in knowledge management and creative management.

He has set up national and international symposia and research into how knowledge of the lessons from history can help with clinical, research and management decisions for doctors working today.  He believes that the interface between history, management, science and medicine is vital in health care strategy. As Vice-President of the European Association of History of Dermato-venerology he meets regularly with European dermatologists to identify how lessons of history help Dermatology improve in different European nations.

Professional Profile: Prof Nick Levell trained in general acute medicine at Manchester for five years after qualifying. His dermatology training took place in Newcastle and at UCL Hospitals in London.

Personal profile: Nick was born in Yorkshire and educated at Leeds Grammar School. He has two children and enjoys taking part in most sports, including running, cycling and swimming, and good food and company. He travels each year for 1-2 weeks with the Dowling Club, a dermatology organisation which visits hospitals in other countries to share knowledge and experiences. He is a trustee of the UK Dermatology clinical trials network charity.