Professor Vicky Jolliffe
Professor Jolliffe studied at King’s College, Cambridge initially on an Entrance Exhibition to read Classics, before changing to Medical Sciences and graduating in 1985. She completed her medical training at St.Mary's Hospital Imperial College, London and has an extremely broad medical background, culminating in her being awarded Fellowship or Membership of three Royal Colleges-Physicians, Surgeons (Edinburgh) and General Practitioners, one of the only medical practitioners in the UK to hold such an acclaim. As Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen Mary, University of London, she has developed a leading global e-learning Programme in Clinical Dermatology. In 2018 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).
She has been a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal London Hospital since 2004. In addition to seeing a wide range of patients with General Dermatological problems she has developed considerable expertise in recognising and managing dermatoses in patients with skin of colour, patients with difficult acne and those who need systemic treatments. She has a special clinical interest in Hair Disorders and has established a regional Hair Disorders clinic for secondary and tertiary referrals. She was awarded a British Association of Dermatologists/DC Travel Award in 2011 to study Hair Disorders in Melbourne with Professor Rodney Sinclair and was a founder Committee member and Educational Lead for the British Hair and Nails Society (BHNS). Since 2012 she has been a member of Faculty of 1000 as an expert commentator for publications in Hair Research and has lectured worldwide regarding Hair Disorders including at the World Hair Research Society, European Academy of Dermato-Venereology and British Association of Dermatology meetings.
She is the UK representative for the Pantene Hair Research Institute.
About the clinic
Professor Jolliffe holds practising privileges at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, London NW8 and is happy to see patients over the age of 16 years.
Consultation days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Professor Jolliffe is recognised as a provider by all the major Insurance companies (except BUPA and AXA-PPP) and her fees are in line with Insurers' Schedule of Fees. Please note that all patients with hair loss are seen on a self-pay basis only,
Professor Jolliffe has extensive experience as a Consultant Dermatologist in treating all types of skin conditions, ranging from Acne and Skin Pigmentation disorders through to Skin Cancers and complex Medical conditions requiring systemic treatment and has extensive experience in treating patients with skin of colour, Her special Clinical interest is in Hair Disorders including Alopecia.
She takes an integrated and holistic approach to patient care and is happy to perform a wide number of dermatological procedures in the clinic setting.
Ms L.E. London
Ms C.H. London
Vicky Joliffe is such a gifted consultant and hair expert, I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. I am not someone who “goes private” - I saw Vicky because I was at my wits end about my hair loss and was desperate, not because I could afford it. Because of this, I did a lot of research before deciding to book in to her clinic. It turned out to be the best money I have spent on my hair, and she is the reason my hair loss is finally stopping.
Vicky is considerate to the fact that not all her clients have high incomes, and is incredibly efficient and pragmatic whilst also being thorough. It had been over thirteen years since I first had problems with hair loss, and finally I understand what factors were causing my hair loss and how to treat them. And it’s working!!
If you are worried about your hair or aren’t getting to the bottom of it with your GP or dermatologist, I am telling you, she will have the answers. She’s just brilliant.
Laura Morton London
I came to see Professor Victoria Jolliffe for my follow-up. She is so helpful, very caring, very thorough and really has helped me with my hair problems. I can’t thank you enough for seeing me and I recommend you highly, recommend you to anyone
Ms J.C London
I have have been attending the medical practice of Dr Jolliffe for consultation as a private patient for over a year. This was on the recommendation of a consultant colleague of Dr Jolliffe for her particular field of expertise and I am very grateful to her for the ongoing success of my treatment. I find Dr Jolliffe to be very upbeat, with a positive, professional and confident approach to me as her patient. She is easy to talk to, warm and friendly while dealing very efficiently and knowledgeably with my particular medical issues.
Professor Jolliffe is an extremely approachable and personable doctor. She is keen to explain all aspects of the consultation and treatment process, such that one feels fully informed and secure in the decisions. She is incredibly thorough and keen to discuss any area of concern. With my teenager daughter she was particularly sensitive when discussing her skin, and had a wonderful manner - both warm and respectful. I could not recommend her more highly.
Ms N.W. Dubai
I cannot recommend Professor Jolliffe more highly. It isn’t often, if ever, that one is lucky enough to find such a life-enhancing mix of expertise and reassurance. Whatever your concern - and most especially if that concern is the sometimes debilitating worry about your hair - she has not only world-class knowledge and research at her fingertips, but also the tailor-made solution for each patient. She has saved me real mental worry and cured a physical problem, what more could you ask from a medical professional?
New Patient General Dermatology Consultations - £275.
New Patient Hair Consultations - £350.
Professor Jolliffe is happy to see all patients over 16 years of age with Hair Disorders.
Please note that Professor Jolliffe will only see patients with Hair Disorders or Alopecia on a self pay basis, even if the patient has insurance. This has been cleared with the insurance companies.
Follow-up Consultations (General and Hair) - £250
Long Term Care Consultation (General and Hair) - £250
Repeat prescription fee - £40
Self Paying patients
Steroid Injections £75
Professor Jolliffe is recognised with the following medical insurers:
Allianz Partners, Aviva, Cigna International CIGNA, Civil Service Healthcare, Emergency Assistance Japan, Exeter Friendly Society, Healix Health Services, Healthcare, RM, Healther Partners Europe Ltd, Health-on-line National Friendly, Prestige International UK Ltd, SAGA, Vitality Health Vitality, WPA.
From 1 January 2019 she ceased work as a recognised provider for Bupa and AXA.
Additional fees for cryotherapy, surgery,or intralesional injections are levied according to and no higher than Bupa rates. These fees are in addition to the consultation fee.
Please note that a Hospital Charge for procedures will be made to cover the cost of providing materials, nursing cover etc.
This charge is separate from and in addition to the Medical Consultation charge and is billed by the hospital directly.
Processing and examination of specimens sent for histology is billed separately via the Hospital and is again independent of the Medical Consultation charge.
All lesions removed by Dr Jolliffe are routinely sent for histological examination. She will not agree to remove a lesion, even if it is clinically harmless (benign), unless the specimen is sent to the pathology laboratory for examination.
Patient Information Leaflets and post-operative written information sheets are provided.
There is a cancellation fee of £75 for individuals who do not cancel an appointment within 24 hours.
Selection of publications
JAMA Dermatol. Published online March 3, 2021.
Ralph M. Trüeb, Vicky M.L. Jolliffe, et al
Skin Appendage Disord. 2019 Nov; 5(6): 338–343.
Christos Tziotzios, Christos Petridis, Nick Dand, Chrysanthi Ainali, Jake R. Saklatvala, Venu Pullabhatla, Victoria Jolliffe et al
Nat Commun. 2019; 10: 1150.
Maria-Angeliki Gkini, Rashid Riaz, Victoria Jolliffe
Int J Trichology. 2018 Jul-Aug; 10(4): 162–168.
Ralph Michel Trüeb, Sergio Vañó-Galván, Daisy Kopera, Vicky M.L. Jolliffe, et al
Skin Appendage Disord. 2018 Oct; 4(4): 202–207.
Soriano LF, Sahota A, Jolliffe V.
Educ Prim Care. 2018 Jan;29(1):54-55.
Soriano LF, Jolliffe V, Sahota A.
Br J Dermatol. 2017 Dec;177(6):1754-1757.
Lock AD, Deroide F, Rustin MH, Jolliffe V.
Clin Exp Dermatol. 2017 Apr;42(3):351-353.
Ascott A, Jolliffe VM.
Br J Dermatol. 2017 Feb;176(2):548-549.
A gastronomic delight?
Soriano LF, Cummings B, Jolliffe V.
Dermatol Online J. 2017 Oct 15;23(10).
Nasir S, Van De Velde V, Rizvi H, Cerio R, Nic Fhogartaigh C, Jolliffe V, Harwood C.
Clin Exp Dermatol. 2017 Jul;42(5):558-560.
An Unusual Cause of cutaneous ulceration in association with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Saha M, Jolliffe VML
JRSM Short Reports March 2012
Excision biopsy in a patient with suspected local anaesthetic allergy: use of 0.9% saline with benzyl alcohol as local anaesthesia
Jolliffe VML, Sinclair RD
Clin Exp Dermatol 2012; Dec:
Plate like Osteoma Cutis
Talsania N, Jolliffe V, O'Toole EA, Cerio R.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2011 Mar;64(3):613-5.
Case of skin necrosis due to arginine monohydrochloride extravasation
Bassi E, Lonati D, Pandolfi R, Gatti M, Jolliffe VM, Del Forno C.
J Dermatol 2007 Mar; 34(3) 198-200
The Itchy, scaly scalp- a practical approach to diagnosis and management
Jasani N, Jolliffe VML
Mims Dermatology June 2012
Psoriasis in children and young adults
Mokbel R , Jolliffe VML
Mims Dermatology Dec 2012
Jolliffe VML, Sinclair RDFast Facts-Disorders of the Hair and Scalp 2nd editionHealthPress 2013
Professor Jolliffe was Programme Director for the Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology, Queen Mary, University of London. from 2004 to 2022. With her team she has developed a leading e-Learning Diploma delivered globally to students in over 25 countries. The Programme is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners and has twice been awarded a Queen Mary Incentivisation Award for achievement. It was shortlisted for the British Medical Journal 'Dermatology Team of the Year 'award in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the Association of Learning Technology/Epigeum award for use of video in Education and for the Drapers ' Award for Teaching and Learning.
She is Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen Mary University of London and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018 from Advanced HE.
A former representative for less than full-time training registrars on the British Association of Dermatologists' Education Sub-comittee, she is an accredited 'Physician as Educator' by the Royal College of Physicians UK. She is much in demand as a lecturer nationally and internationally and is actively involved in the teaching and training of Specialist Registrars in Dermatology. She is Chair of the Examination Board for the Post Graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Surgery.
In September 2013 Prof. Jolliffe started fundraising for the charity Alopecia UK by recording a Mozart string quartet playing all four parts. It is believed that this is the first time one individual has accomplished this.
Please see her JustGiving site for details about the project and how to make a donation.
November 29 2022
The most common type of hair loss in women, it is an inherited condition that is hormonally more complex than its male counterpart
The most common type of hair loss in women, it is an inherited condition that is hormonally more complex than its male counterpart
Vicky Jolliffe, consultant dermatologist
First ensure your thyroid function and iron stores are normal to optimise healthy hair growth and check for polycystic ovaries if the menstrual cycle is irregular. I optimise scalp health with a topical anti-inflammatory preparation in combination with anti-dandruff and volumising shampoos.
There are then two key aspects to managing pattern hair loss — putting the brakes on the process with an oral anti-androgen and stimulating hair thickness with minoxidil, either as low-dose oral medication, which is convenient and well tolerated, or as a topical product.
It is important to realise that these products take several months to show results, and I am a huge fan of camouflage products such as keratin fibres, which give an instant appearance of fullness while the medications are kicking in. Platelet-rich plasma may be a helpful addition in certain women.
The three different types of hair loss in women and how to treat them
Vicky Jolliffe, a consultant dermatologist, understands why it is such an emotive issue for Smith and wife, who has spoken publicly about her struggle with alopecia and four years ago revealed the “terrifying” moment that she first noticed she was losing “handfuls of hair” in the shower. “What Will Smith is really saying is that the impact this has had on my wife is very significant. Bringing that to the forefront is really important because others dealing with the devastating effects of alopecia have had their feelings validated publicly.”
The Shocking White Hair
Why does human hair go grey and is it ever possible for it to go white overnight from shock? Hannah and Adam explore why hair goes grey, how much stressful life events and a lack of sleep can speed up the process. They hear from the pilot whose hair turned white after a flight where all 4 of his engines failed after flying through a volcanic ash cloud - was the shock responsible? They also uncover new research which has shown it's possible for greying hair to return to its natural colour and ask if this finding could be exploited to uncover a cosmetic way to reverse hair greying?
Featuring Professor Vicky Jolliffe
Released 10th March 2022
8th February 2022 Daily Mail
NHS string quartet lead by Professor Jolliffe plays 7-year old Apollo Premadasa's string quartet