Consultant Dermatologist Dr Nicola Clayton

MB, ChB, BSc, MRCP(UK) (Dermatology)

Dr Nicola Clayton is a British trained Dermatologist who has a specialist interest in hair-loss and scalp conditions. Her Consultant NHS post is at West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she treats adults and paediatric patients with a multitude of general dermatological diseases.

Dr Nicola Clayton trained at The University of Bristol Medical School where she gained her BSc in Bioethics prior to her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Dr Clayton transferred to London for postgraduate training primarily at University College Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital. She completed her higher speciality training in Dermatology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust and The Royal Free Foundation NHS trust.

Why see Dr Nicola Clayton

With personal experience of widespread hair loss secondary to alopecia areata, Dr Clayton understands first hand what it is like to have an appearance-altering condition. She is sensitive to individual patient needs and is committed to delivering the best evidence based care, personalised for her patients with skin and hair conditions.

Dr Nicola Clayton sees and treats women, men and children suffering from scalp conditions and hair loss including alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness and female hair loss), folliculitis, scalp psoriasis and scarring alopecia. Dr Clayton uses clinical hair photography for monitoring of treatment.

As a general dermatologist Dr Nicola Clayton treats a multitude of conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, hidradenitis suppurativa, cutaneous Sarcoidosis, hyperhidrosis and performs mole checks, cryotherapy, steroid injections and minor surgery.

At a Glance

  • Specialises in hair-loss and scalp conditions in adults and children
  • Experienced surgeon in biopsies and skin cancer surgery
  • General dermatology including inflammatory diseases and skin cancer


Tuesday: 9:30am to 5:30pm

Friday: 9:30am to 1:30pm (remote video consultations only)

Accepted Insurers

Dr Clayton is recognised by all major UK private heath insurers.


Dr Nicola Clayton is registered with the GMC and is on the specialist register for Dermatology. She is a member of the The Royal College of Physicians, The British Association of Dermatologists, The British Hair & Nail Society and the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Clayton is recognised by all major UK private heath insurers.

Dr Clayton is a member of the British Hair and Nail Society.

Education and Training

Dr Clayton was awarded the British Association of Dermatologists study fellowship in 2012 which helped fund a 6 month hair fellowship at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology with Dr Catherine Stefanato with a focus on histopathology. She went on to present her work at The World Congress for Hair research 2013, London histopathology Symposium and the American Society of Dermatopathology annual meeting.

Dr Nicola Clayton publications include:

Dr Nicola Clayton is widely published in peer reviewed journals. Examples of her publications include:

Hannen R, Udeh-Momoh C, Upton J, Wright M, Michael A, Gulati A, Rajpopat S, Clayton N, Halsall D, Burrin J, Flower R, Sevilla L, Latorre V, Frame J, Lightman S, Perez P, Philpott M.
“Dysfunctional Skin-Derived Glucocorticoid Synthesis Is a Pathogenic Mechanism of Psoriasis.” J Invest Dermatol. 2017 Aug;137(8):1630-1637. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2017.02.984. Epub2017 Mar 28.

Verdolini R1, Simonacci F, Dhoat S, Clayton N. “Symmetric bilateral transposition flap: a very versatile option in facial dermatological surgery.” G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2015 Feb;150(1):13-7.

R. Verdolini, R. Atkar, N. Clayton, R. Hasan, C. M. Stefanato, “Catamenial dermatoses: has anyone ever considered prostaglandins?” Clin Exp Dermatol. 2014 June;39(4):433-562

Verdolini R, Clayton N, Smith A, Alwash N, Mannello B, “Metformin for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa: a little help along the way.” J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Sep;27(9):1101-8.

Verdolini R, Clayton N, Arkoumani E, “Striate palmar keratoderma and antiretroviral treatment for human immunodeficiency virus infection: not just a coincidence.” Clin Exp Dermatol. 2013 July;38(5):556-8

Clayton N, Verdolini R, “Ten bright-white fingernails in two young healthy patients.” Clin Exp Dermatol. 2012 Mar;37(2): 201-2

Does my hair need sun cream, The Telegraph, 10th August 2016 – read here.

Press Appearances

Dr Nicola Clayton mentions in the press:

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