Dr Simpson’s main clinical interests are in the diagnosis and management of vulval skin disorders, inflammatory skin disease and complex medical dermatology requiring systemic treatment.
Dr Simpson studied at the University of Nottingham Medical School and completed a BMedSci degree in 2002 and BMBS degree in 2004. She has worked at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham University Hospitals and University Hospitals Leicester throughout her clinical medical training and gained membership to the Royal College of Medicine, MRCP(UK) in 2006.
She commenced Dermatology specialist training in 2008 and was awarded a UK DCTN (Dermatology Clinical Trials Network) SpR Fellowship in February 2010. Dr Simpson took time out of clinical training from 2011-2016, funded through the prestigious NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship scheme, to perform research into vulval skin conditions. She completed a PhD in December 2014 and completed her Dermatology training in 2018.
Dr Simpson now works as a Consultant Dermatologist in Nottingham alongside her role as Associate Professor in dermatology research. Her main interest is in the identification, management and outcome measurement of vulval skin disorders.
Alongside her clinical academic work, Dr Simpson is Associate Editor of the Clinical Trials section of the British Journal of Dermatology. She regularly peer reviews articles for journals in the field of dermatology and women’s health. Dr Simpson also supervises undergraduate students.
Dr Simpson sees and treats NHS patients at the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre.
Consultant Dermatologist at Circle Nottingham
Associate Professor of Dermatology Research at the University of Nottingham
Vulval skin disorders
Inflammatory skin disorders
Complex medical dermatology
- Prioritisation of future research topics
- Patient and Public Involvement in research
- Development of diagnostic criteria
- Outcome measurement for vulval skin disorders
- Design and delivery of interventional randomised controlled trials
- British Association of Dermatologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- British Medical Association
- British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease
- International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease
- Research grant to run Priority Setting Partnership for Lichen Sclerosus (2017-2018)
- NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow (2012-2016)
- UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network SpR Fellow (2009-2011)
- Nottingham University Hospitals Pump Priming research grant (2010)
- Best oral presentation: British Association Dermatologists Annual Conference (2013)
- Sue Watson Presentation Prize: University of Nottingham (2013)
Most recent 10 papers:
SIMPSON RC, MURPHY R, BRATTON DJ, SYDES MR, WILKES S, NANKERVIS H, DOWEY S, BELL H, CRUICKSHANK M, GIBBON K, GREEN CM, WONG C, OWEN CM, LONDON K, HAQUE S and THOMAS KS, 2018. Help for Future Research: Lessons Learned in Trial Design, Recruitment, and Delivery From the "hELP" Study. Journal of lower genital tract disease. (In Press.)
NUNNS, D, SIMPSON RC, WATSON A and MURPHY R, 2017. The management of vulval itching due to benign vulval dermatoses. The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. 307-15
SIMPSON RC and NUNNS D, 2017. Skin diseases affecting the vulva Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine. 27(3), 77-85
ROSALIND C. SIMPSON, RUTH MURPHY, DANIEL J. BRATTON, MATTHEW R. SYDES, SALLY WILKES, HELEN NANKERVIS, SHELLEY DOWEY and KIM S. THOMAS, 2016. Systemic therapy for vulval Erosive Lichen Planus (the ‘hELP’ trial): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial Trials. 17(1), 2
SIMPSON RC, THOMAS KS and MURPHY R, 2014. Comment on "management of vulvovaginal lichen planus: a new approach". Journal of lower genital tract disease. 18(1), E23-4
SIMPSON R, LAYFIELD C and WILLIAMS H, 2014. Collaborative clinician-led research networks. Clinical medicine (London, England). 14(6), 691
SIMPSON RC and MURPHY R, 2014. Paediatric vulvar disease. Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology. 28(7), 1028-41
SIMPSON RC, THOMAS KS and MURPHY R, 2013. Outcome measures for vulval skin conditions: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. British Journal of Dermatology.
SIMPSON RC, THOMAS KS and MURPHY R, 2013. Vulval erosive lichen planus: a qualitative investigation of U.K. clinician views and principles of management. British Journal of Dermatology. 169(1), 226-7
SIMPSON RC, THOMAS KS, LEIGHTON P and MURPHY R, 2013. Diagnostic criteria for erosive lichen planus affecting the vulva: an international electronic-Delphi consensus exercise. British Journal of Dermatology. 169(2), 337-43