Dr Nicola Cooke - Belfast Skin Clinic
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Dr Cooke has been working as a Consultant Dermatologist in the NHS since 2011 and has considerable experience in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of skin problems including skin cancer, pigmented lesions, acne, eczema, psoriasis as well as other less common skin conditions. She has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of patients with hair loss. Dr Cooke regularly performs dermatological procedures including skin biopsies, excision/removal of skin lesions, intralesional steroid injections and cryotherapy.

 Appointments

  • Consultant Dermatologist, Belfast Skin Clinic 2020 – present.
  • Consultant Dermatologist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust, 2017 – present.
  • Consultant Dermatologist, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, 2011 – 2017.

 

Education / Training / Qualifications

  • MPhil Queen’s University Belfast 2013
  • PG Cert Med Ed University of Dundee 2011
  • MRCP (UK) 2003
  •  BM, BS University of Nottingham 1999
  •  B Med Sci (Hons) University of Nottingham 1997

 

 Specific Interests:

  • Skin cancer, pigmented lesions, acne, eczema, psoriasis.
  • Hair loss.

 

Memberships of any Associations / Committees

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • Member of British Association of Dermatologists
  • Member of the Irish Association of Dermatologists
  • Member of the British Hair & Nail Society
  • Member of the British Society for Medical Dermatology
  • Associate member of the Higher Education Academy
     

 Positions of responsibility

  • Biologics Lead, Dept. of Dermatology, SEHSCT, 2020 – present.
  • Principal Investigator for BADBIR Study, SEHSCT, 2020 – present.
  • Chair of the Irish Association of Dermatologists Scientific Committee Group, 2020 – present; previously member of scientific committee from 2019.
  • Chair of the Regional Dermatology Audit and Clinical Governance Group 2018 – 2019
  • Peer reviewer for Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Journal 2018 – present.

 

Research/publications 

  • Dr Cooke has carried out a significant number of publications, presentations as well as research into psoriasis, alopecia and dermatitis.
  • Dr Cooke has been involved in audit and clinical governance activities.

 

Awards

  • Medico-Chirurgical Society’s Student Prize 1997/8               
  • Pfizer Prize in Biochemistry for B Med Sci (Hons) Project 1996/7
  • Northern Ireland Healthcare Team of the Year: Management of Inflammatory Skin Disease category 2021                     

 

Teaching 

  • Dr Cooke has carried out extensive teaching to undergraduate medical students. 
  • Dr Cooke has been recognised by NIMDTA as a Postgraduate Medical Trainer for Core Medical Trainees.
  • Dr Cooke is responsible for the training and supervision of the ICATS specialist dermatology nurses, ICATS GPSIs and hospital practitioners that work alongside the secondary care dermatology unit within the Trust. 
  • Dr Cooke is involved in Project Echo which aims to enhance dermatology teaching in primary care.