Our Tutors

Our Professional Tutors

Chris Edwards and Bev Gambles have worked together for many years delivering phototherapy training for health care professionals throughout the UK, Europe, Middle and Far East.

The Newport Phototherapy Training Team offer ongoing support and professional advice to anyone completing our courses.

Chris Edwards, PhD, MIPEM


Chris obtained a first degree in Health Physics, then spent a brief time in industry as a Nuclear Power instrumentation Engineer. He then obtained a PhD in high frequency ultrasound for skin imaging from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

This was followed by 15 years as a research lecturer in Skin Bioengineering in the Dermatology department of the University of Wales College of Medicine. Here his post involved the design, construction and use of instruments to measure skin properties, and he had a special interest in photobiology of the skin. He gained much experience in the design, running and analysis of clinical research trials.

For the last 16 years Chris has run the phototherapy service in Newport, and has continued his research into phototherapies.

Chris is a member of the Radiation Protection Special Standing Advisory Group, a Welsh Assembly Government advisory sub-committee. He is a committee member of the British Photodermatology Group and is co-author on the national guidelines on minimum standards for phototherapy and ultraviolet dosimetry in phototherapy. He was appointed to Wales Research Ethics Committee in October 2019.

Chris is Health Board lead for research education and advises on research methodologies and statistics. He chairs the Intellectual Property Group. He is the Laser Protection Advisor to Aneurin Bevan Health Board and is a Member of the Independent Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) for MHRA database research. He has served as topic expert to the NICE Neonatal Phototherapy Guideline Update group and is on the panel of Expert Advisers for the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE.

Recent Publications

Edwards C  Measurement of vitiligo: human vs. machine.  British Journal of Dermatology (2019) 180, pp973–992

Inderpal Singh, Chris Edwards, Daniel Duric, Aman Rasuly, Sabdat Oziohu Musa and Anser Anwar Dementia in an Acute Hospital Setting: Health Service Research to Profile Patient Characteristics and Predictors of Adverse Clinical Outcomes. Geriatrics 2019, 4(1), 7; doi:10.3390/geriatrics4010007

Inderpal Singh, Anser Anwar, Aman Rasuly, Chris Edwards, AH Farooq, S Majeed, Nitu Singh, A Waheed Prevalence of fragility fractures according to quality and outcomes framework (QOF) of the general medical services (GMS) contract and quality initiatives to improve osteoporosis care in the general practice within Caerphilly County Borough, Wales, UK: a feasibility study MOJ Gerontol Ger. 2018;3(2):98-104.

Aithal S, Sequeira R, Edwards C and Singh I: Fragility Fractures and Parkinsonism: Relationship of Fractures with Demography, Severity and Predictors of Adverse Outcomes. Geriatrics 2017, 2, 17

Arzpayma P; Jones H; Harper P; Knight V; Shipley D; Edwards C; Anstey AV. Creation and assessment of a computerized modelling tool for optimizing planning of home and hospital-based phototherapy. British Journal of Dermatology (2017) 176, pp1390–1391

Singh I, Kaur M, Rozier L, Evans L, Edwards C, et al. (2017) Evaluation of Dementia Education at the Early Stages of Professional Training: Impact on Knowledge and Attitudes. J Alzheimers Neurodegener 3: 012.

Singh,I. Fernando,P. Griffin,J.  Edwards,C.  Williamson,K. Chance, P. Clinical outcome and predictors of adverse events of an enhanced older adult psychiatric liaison service: Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge (Newport). Clinical Interventions in Aging 2017:12; 29–36

Ungureanu S; Arzpayma P; Edwards C; Anstey AV. Home phototherapy in the U.K.’s National Health Service: time to reach out. British Journal of Dermatology. 176(5):1339-1340, 2017

Young C,  Edwards C, and Singh I:  Impact of Hospital Design on Acutely Unwell Patients with Dementia. Geriatrics 2017, 2, 4

Bevan V, Edwards C, Woodhouse K, Singh I (2016) Dignified care for older people: mixed methods evaluation of the impact of the hospital environment – single rooms or multi-bedded wards. Healthy Aging Research 5:13.

Edwards, C. (2016), Measurements of structure and function of skin: emollient effects on atopic dermatitis. (editorial comment) Br J Dermatol, 175: 868–869. doi:10.1111/bjd.14942

Service Guidance and Standards for Phototherapy Units. UK national guidelines for UV phototherapy, British Association of Dermatology 2016. Member of multidisciplinary working group.

Singh I, Subhan Z, Krishnan M, Edwards C and Okeke J. Loneliness among Older People in Hospitals: A Comparative Study between Single Rooms and Multi-Bedded Wards to Evaluate Current Health Service within the Same Organisation. Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2016; 2(3): 1015.

“Erythema action spectrum of topical 8-methoxypsoralen-sensitized skin re-evaluated: Implications for routine clinical practice.” British Journal of Dermatology 2016 174  (1): 131-135

“An evaluation of the preferences of patients with psoriasis between systemic psoralen plus ultraviolet A and bath psoralen plus ultraviolet A.” British Journal of Dermatology  2015 172 (5): 1457-1458

“Targeted ultraviolet B phototherapy: Definition, clinical indications and limitations.” Clinical and Experimental Dermatology  2015 40 (1): 1-5

“Home phototherapy for psoriasis: A review and update.” Clinical and Experimental Dermatology  2015 40 (8): 827-833

“Afamelanotide for Erythropoietic Protoporphyria.” The New England Journal of Medicine  2015 373 (1): 48-59

“Guidelines on the measurement of ultraviolet radiation levels in ultraviolet phototherapy: Report issued by the British Association of Dermatologists and British Photodermatology Group 2015.” British Journal of Dermatology  2015 173 (2): 333-350

Bev Gambles BA PGCE (FE) RGN


Bev has worked in dermatology for over 30 years, initially as a staff nurse on the dermatology ward and for the last 17 years as a specialist nurse running the phototherapy department at the University Hospital of Wales. She has a longstanding interest in education and obtained a teaching degree after completing a Batchelor of Arts degree.

Bev has been involved in the development of academic dermatology courses for nurses and other healthcare professionals at both diploma and degree level. She is also involved in teaching phototherapy and providing training to healthcare professionals.

Bev is interested in developing a home phototherapy service, bringing care closer to the patient’s home. She completed her Masters Degree in Clinical Research in 2015 and her research study was in the delivery of home phototherapy for dermatology patients.

In addition to her role as a specialist nurse in phototherapy, Bev has recently taken on the position of a dermatology research nurse for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust where one day a week is dedicated to this post

Bev is an active member of the British Dermatology Nursing Group and has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Recent Publications – Bev Gambles

Mamtora A Gambles B Lloyd A Katugampola R Kalavala M Phototherapy for paediatric dermatoses: data from a single- centre retrospective study (2016) BJD 175 :160-175

A phenomenological study of the psoriasis patient receiving home phototherapy Dermatological Nursing (2016) 15; 2: 42-47