Consultant Neurologist & Epileptologist
Our Birmingham doctor, Dr Dougall McCorry is a consultant neurologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He undertook his medical degree in Leicester and his specialist neurological training in Scotland and Yorkshire. His research into epilepsy was undertaken at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool.
Dr Dougall McCorry is the clinical lead for epilepsy at the University Hospital Birmingham. He undertakes general neurology clinics in Birmingham. His further interests include; traumatic brain injury, headache, multiple sclerosis and medico legal practice.
Please call his Secretary, Michelle Gillam on 07542 517023 with any queries.
Dr Dougall McCorry is happy to see private patients. He does need a GP referral prior to being seen.
He can see patients at the Priory Hospital.
Contact 0121 446 1638 for appointments.
Priory Hospital (Edgbaston)
BMI Hospital (Edgbaston)
22 Somerset Road
General Number: 0121 452 2810
Other appointment times are available exceptionally.
Specialities & Expertise
Dr Dougall McCorry's expertise covers a range of areas including Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Headache, Post Head Injury and Whiplash Syndrome, General Neurology, and Medico-Legal Experience
Medico Legal Expert
Dr Dougall McCorry offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal reports across a range of areas associated with: General Neurology, Traumatic Brain injury, Whiplash Syndrome, Headache, Post Head Injury and Epilepsy. He prepares neurological medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury. Consultations by appointment are available on a private, non- private and clinical basis.
Education and Academic Record:
• June 1999 Membership of the Royal College of Physicians – MRCP
• 1991 – 1996 MBChB Degree, University of Leicester
• Dr Dougall McCorry undertook a MD thesis in Liverpool trying better to understand how doctors and patients undertake anti-epileptic drug decisions.
In Birmingham he is involved in the epilepsy-antenatal clinic at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. He is the neurological lead to the EMPIRE trial http://www.icms.qmul.ac.uk/chs/pctu/current_projects/EMPIRE/37438.htmlexamining whether monitor epilepsy drug levels through pregnancy improves outcomes.
He is actively involved with clinical trials of epilepsy medication.
University Hospital Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth
Dr Dougall McCorry completed his specialist training at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool. He has a special interest in epilepsy, brain injury and headaches.
Dr Dougall McCorry is Director of the UHB Eplilepsy surgery programme.
At UHB, Queen Elizabeth there is a full epilepsy programme, including video telemetry, epilepsy surgery work-up, psychometry, neuroradiology and epilepsy nurse services. Dr Dougall McCorry runs clinics for First Seizure, General Epilepsy and women's clinics.
Specific interest in Migraine, tension headache, Chronic Daily Headache and Cluster Headache. Full range of treatments and investigation on offer.
Post head injury and whiplash syndrome
All patients with persisting post accident neurological symptoms can be offered imaging and other investigations as appropriate. Full range of treatment services.
Dr Dougall McCorry is a key figure in organising the general neurology services at both the University Hospital Birmingham. He offers a full in and out patient service.
Dr Dougall McCorry has authored and contributed to a range of publications across a range of areas concerned with Neurology, Epilepsy, and related General Practioner issues.
1: Cahill V, McCorry D, Soryal I, Rajabally YA. Newer anti-epileptic drugs, vitamin status and neuropathy: A cross-sectional analysis. Rev Neurol (Paris). 2016 Dec 2. pii: S0035-3787(16)30129-1. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2016.09.008. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27919463.
2: Al Wattar BH, Tamilselvan K, Khan R, Kelso A, Sinha A, Pirie AM, McCorry D, Khan KS, Thangaratinam S;
Antiepileptic Drug Management in Pregnancy (EMPIRE) Collaborative Network.. Development of a core outcome set for epilepsy in pregnancy (E-CORE): a national multi-stakeholder modified Delphi consensus study. BJOG. 2016 Nov 16. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14430. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27860117.
3: Dafoulas GE, Toulis KA, Mccorry D, Kumarendran B, Thomas GN, Willis BH, Gokhale K, Gkoutos G, Narendran P, Nirantharakumar K. Type 1 diabetes mellitus and risk of incident epilepsy: a population-based, open-cohort study. Diabetologia. 2017 Feb;60(2):258-261. doi: 10.1007/s00125-016-4142-x. PubMed PMID: 27796422.
4: Al Wattar BH, Placzek A, Troko J, Pirie AM, Khan KS, McCorry D, Zamora J, Thangaratinam S;
EMPIRE Collaborative Network.. Variation in the reporting of outcomes among pregnant women with epilepsy: a systematic review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2015 Dec;195:193-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2015.10.017. Review. PubMed PMID: 26588438.
5: Viale L, Allotey J, Cheong-See F, Arroyo-Manzano D, Mccorry D, Bagary M, Mignini L, Khan KS, Zamora J, Thangaratinam S; EBM CONNECT Collaboration..Epilepsy in pregnancy and reproductive outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2015 Nov 7;386(10006):1845-52. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00045-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 26318519.
6: Rollings DT, Assecondi S, Ostwald D, Porcaro C, McCorry D, Bagary M, Soryal I, Bagshaw AP. Early haemodynamic changes observed in patients with epilepsy, in a visual experiment and in simulations. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Jan;127(1):245-53. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.07.008. PubMed PMID: 26220731.
7: Kumari S, Hayton T, Jumaa P, McCorry D. 'The great imitator': Neurosyphilis and new-onset refractory status epilepticus (NORSE) syndrome. Epilepsy Behav Case Rep. 2015 Apr 6;3:33-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ebcr.2015.02.001. PubMed PMID: 25859427; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4388970.
8: McCorry D, Bromley R. Does in utero exposure of antiepileptic drugs lead to failure to reach full cognitive potential? Seizure. 2015 May;28:51-6. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2015.01.019. Review. PubMed PMID: 25819874.
9: Patel M, Bagary M, McCorry D. The management of Convulsive Refractory Status Epilepticus in adults in the UK: No consistency in practice and little access to continuous EEG monitoring. Seizure. 2015 Jan;24:33-7. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2014.11.005. PubMed PMID: 25564317.
10: Ransford N, Soryal I, McCorry D, Sander JW, Duncan F, Huggins N. Specialist management of routine dental procedures in adults with refractory epilepsy. Br Dent J. 2014 Apr;216(7):403-7. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.247. Review. PubMed PMID: 24722093.
11: Pirie DA, Al Wattar BH, Pirie AM, Houston V, Siddiqua A, Doug M, Bagary M, Greenhill L, Khan KS, McCorry D, Thangaratinam S. Effects of monitoring strategies on seizures in pregnant women on lamotrigine: a meta-analysis. Eur J. Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2014 Jan;172:26-31. doi:10.1016/j.ejogrb.2013.10.021. PubMed PMID: 24211103.
12: Ali F, Rickards H, Bagary M, Greenhill L, McCorry D, Cavanna AE. Ictal consciousness in epilepsy and nonepileptic attack disorder. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Nov;19(3):522-5. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.08.014. PubMed PMID: 20920893.
13: McCorry DJ, Cavanna AE. New thoughts on first seizure. Clin Med (Lond). 2010 Aug;10(4):395-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 20849019.
14: Cavanna AE, Ali F, Rickards HE, McCorry D. Behavioral and cognitive effects of anti-epileptic drugs. Discov Med. 2010 Feb;9(45):138-44. Review. PubMed PMID: 20193640.
15: Cavanna AE, Bagshaw AP, McCorry D. The neural correlates of altered consciousness during epileptic seizures. Discov Med. 2009 Jun;8(40):31-6. PubMed PMID: 19772840.
16: McCorry D, Marson T, Jacoby A. Understanding routine antiepileptic drug decisions: a qualitative analysis of patients' accounts of hospital consultations. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Jan;14(1):210-4. doi:10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.10.010. PubMed PMID: 18977312.
17: McCorry D, McCorry A.[Collapse with loss of consciousness]. Praxis (Bern 1994). 2008 Jul 30;97(15):843-4; discussion 844. German. PubMed PMID: 18754337.
18: McCorry D, McCorry A. Collapse with loss of awareness. BMJ. 2007 Jan 20;334(7585):153. Review. PubMed PMID: 17235097; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1779890.
19: McCorry D, Nicolson A, Smith D, Marson A, Feltbower RG, Chadwick DW. An association between type 1 diabetes and idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2006 Jan;59(1):204-6. PubMed PMID: 16374819.
20: Fabricius KE, McCorry D. Changes in octocoral communities and benthic cover along a water quality gradient in the reefs of Hong Kong. Mar Pollut Bull. 2006 Jan;52(1):22-33. PubMed PMID: 16212989.
21: McCorry DJ, Crowley P. Transient global amnesia secondary to herpes simplex viral encephalitis. QJM. 2005 Feb;98(2):154-5. PubMed PMID: 15671476.
22: McCorry D, Chadwick D, Marson A. Current drug treatment of epilepsy in adults. Lancet Neurol. 2004 Dec;3(12):729-35. Review. PubMed PMID: 15556805.
23: McCorry DJ, Chadwick DW, Barber P, Cooper PM, Wroe S. Cough syncope in Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers. QJM. 2004 Sep;97(9):631-2. PubMed PMID: 15317931.
24: McCorry D, Bamford J. Painful Horner's syndrome caused by carotid dissection.Postgrad Med J. 2004 Mar;80(941):164. PubMed PMID: 15016938; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1742949.
25: McCorry DJ. Effect of antiepileptic drugs on bone density in ambulatory patients. Neurology. 2004 Jan 27;62(2):342; author reply 342. PubMed PMID:14745092.
Dr David Hacker
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, PgDip (Neuro), C.Psychol
Medico legal Expert
BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Glasgow, 1992-1996), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Warwick 2001-2004), Pg. Dip (Post-Doctoral) in Clinical Neuropsychology (University of Glasgow 2007-2008).
Our Birmingham doctor, Dr David Hacker offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal report across a range of areas. He has prepared expert reports for the Court in both civil and criminal matters since 2009. He prepares around 25 reports per year, predominantly the assessment of acquired brain injury in civil compensation (personal injury; medical negligence). Dr David Hacker has undertaken reports under instruction from both Claimant and Defendant in a ratio of around 85% to 15%. In addition, he undertakes Occupational Health assessments, Medical Defence Union assessments, assessments of mental capacity, parenting assessments (where brain injury is a significant component), assessment of fitness to plead and competency to stand trial, forensic risk assessment, the impact of acquired brain injury on culpability in criminal proceedings and on capacity to parent. Dr David Hacker has prepared formal reports for mental health review tribunals including those for restricted patients.
Dr David Hacker has worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Major Trauma Centre (QEHB) since 2005. He is currently the Consultant and Lead Neuropsychologist for Traumatic Brain Injury (0.7 WTE). At QEHB, Dr David Hacker is responsible for the provision of neuropsychological services to acute traumatic brain injury inpatients and outpatient follow up, training of staff and the development of TBI related protocols. Dr David Hacker works with both civilian and military patients. In addition, he runs a joint Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology TBI outpatient clinic with Professor Belli (Consultant Neurosurgeon). At QEHB, within the Outpatient Neuropsychology Service, he undertakes neuropsychological assessments for neurology and neurosurgery. These include assessment for suitability for neurosurgery (Parkinson’s; Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus) as well as for purposes of differential diagnosis and rehabilitation recommendations. The outpatient services is a regional service and includes referrals for range for neurological conditions (ABI; stroke; dementia; encephalitis; CADASIL etc). Dr David Hacker is a member of the Regional Trauma Network. He previously worked at West Park Hospital in Wolverhampton as the Consultant Neuropsychologist covering the city’s post acute, outpatient and community neurorehabilitation services (0.4 WTE). Dr David Hacker also has experience of working in specialist neuro-behavioural services (Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust: BIRT) for clients with ABI/TBI who present with issues of risk and challenging behaviour. He has 10 years post-doctoral experience in Neuropsychology working in the areas of neurosurgery, neurology, acute trauma and rehabilitation and have undertaken post-doctoral training in this area. Dr David Hacker is familiar with the assessment and treatment of patients with a range of neurological conditions and acquired brain injuries.
He also have extensive previous experience within Adult Mental Health NHS services in both inpatient and community settings working both directly with patients and on a consultancy basis. He has a particular expertise in risk assessment and challenging behaviour having worked with forensic patients with severe and enduring mental health problems (Psychosis and SEMI), learning disabilities and brain injury. Dr David Hacker is also a Cochrane Reviewer and peer reviewed author in the areas of risk and challenging behaviour and SEMI.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Dr David Hacker is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health Professions Council. He is a Professional Member of the USA National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and an Affiliate Member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).
Dr David Hacker is an Honorary Lecturer in Neuropsychology with the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme at the University of Birmingham. He also contribute to the Psychiatry and Neurology teaching for medical students and am a visiting lecturer on the Birmingham University MSc in Trauma Science. He has also provided teaching the MRCPsych training programme and contribute to the Royal College of Psychiatry online Continuing Professional Development training for psychiatrists.
Dr David Hacker has worked on a consultancy basis to Ermine Care units for offenders with learning disability. He has also provided Trust-Wide training in Risk Assessment to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust Assertive Outreach teams. Previously, he provided training in CBT approaches to psychosis and working with challenging behaviour to staff at Rampton Maximum Secure Hospital.
Dr David Hacker is actively involved in a number of brain injury related research programmes. These include: ‘Golden Hour’ which is a study of acute biomarkers of TBI outcome with Neurosurgery at QEHB and the University of Bham; a study into the effects of repetitive concussion in sport (ReCoS); a number of studies examining post-concussional symptoms post-TBI. He is also leading a number of research projects into neuropsychological assessment tools in TBI in conjunction with the University of Birmingham. Dr David Hacker has a particular interest in: Neuropsychological assessment, but also Cognitive behavioural approaches to voices & delusions; assessment of risk & challenging behaviour. He is currently co-authoring the most recent Cochrane Review of CBT for schizophrenia.
Hacker, D.A., Birchwood, M.J., Tudway, J., Meaden, A., & Amphlett, C. (2008). Acting on Voices: Omnipotence, Sources of Threat and Safety-Seeking Behaviours. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 47 (2), pp. 201-213
Nagi, C., Ostapiuk, E., Craig, L., Hacker, D., Beech, A. (2009). Using the revised Problem Identification Checklist to predict inpatient and community violence: a pilot study. The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Volume 11, Number 3 / September 2009
Meaden, A. & Hacker, D.A. (November 2010). Problematic and Risk behaviours in Psychosis: A shared formulation approach. Routledge: London.
Jones, C., Hacker, D.A., Meaden, A. & Cormac, I., (2011). Cochrane Systematic Review of CBT for schizophrenia. CBT versus other psychological therapies.
Meaden A, Hacker D, de Villiers A, Carbourne J, Paget A (2012). Developing a measurement of engagement: the Residential Rehabilitation Engagement Scale for psychosis. Journal of Mental Health. 2012 Apr; 21(2):182-91
Jones, C., Hacker, D.A., Meaden, A. & Cormac, I., (2012). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy versus other psychological treatments for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin
Jones, C. Meaden, A., Hacker, D.A., & Cormac, I (In preparation): Cochrane Systematic Review of CBT for Schizophrenia: CBT versus Treatment as Usual
Meaden, A Hacker, D & Spencer, K (2013). Acute Aggression Risk: An Early Warning Signs Methdology. British Journal of Forensic Practice. Vol 15 (1), pages 21-33.
Hacker, D., Jones, C., Clowes, Z., Belli, A., Davies, D., Su, Z., Pell, L., & Travis, C. (In submission). The validity of the Screening Module of the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery in acute TBI. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Dr Tim Hull
Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Our Birmingham doctor, Dr Tim Hull is an experienced and high achieving Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive experience in neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. He has expertise in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of people with complex and multiple problems. He has extensive experience in medico-legal work, having prepared more than 1000 medico-legal reports. Dr Tim Hull has extensive experience in the use of psychometric assessments and their application in legal contexts.
Dr Tim Hull offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal report across a range of areas. He has prepared over one thousand medico legal reports for the civil and criminal Courts. These have covered both the effects of traumatic brain injury and mental health care. He has assessed the level of disability caused, suitability for rehabilitation, the determination of mental capacity, the fitness of impaired people to plead and to stand trial, the disposal of offenders, suggestibility and fitness for parenting. He prepares neuropsychology medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury.
Neuropsychology and Psychological Measurement
Dr Tim Hull has a specialisation in Clinical Neuropsychological assessment, particularly the assessment of cognitive functioning in difficult and confounded situations. He was involved in test development during his time at the University of Birmingham and as a practitioner he has specialised in Neuropsychology, including the application of neuropsychological knowledge in mental health and forensic settings. For three years, Dr Tim Hull worked part time in the Regional Neurosciences Centre in Birmingham, gaining experience of neuropsychological assessment and treatment. He has experience of applying neuropsychological testing procedures in a wide variety of settings and have carried out more than one thousand neuropsychological assessments.
Dr Tim Hull is currently a Consultant Neuropsychologist for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust in Birmingham where he leads the clinical team in a residential rehabilitation facility for people with acquired brain injuries.
Dr Tim Hull worked in a forensic mental health setting within the National Health Service full time for over three years, and part time in the same setting for five years. This has given him a broad and detailed experience of the legal system and its interactions with mental health mental impairment services, and has helped him to maintain and develop his role as a Registered Forensic Psychologist.
Experience in Psychological Therapy
Since Dr Tim Hull qualified as a Clinical Psychologist, he has been active in delivering psychological therapy. Dr Tim Hull practises from a primarily cognitive behavioural perspective, but also use techniques from other models when appropriate. He has a special interest in applying psychological techniques in residential settings and with people who suffer from cognitive impairments. Dr Tim Hull has worked with a wide range of clients including those with severe mental illness, problems in their work, marital and physical health problems and cognitive impairment.
Dr Brain Matters
Consultant Interventional Neuroradiologist
Dr Brain Matters is the lead Interventional Neuroradiologist, experienced in vascular brain disease and spinal intervention. He has more than ten years’ experience in:
Dr Brain Matters has a wide experience in all aspects of diagnostic imaging of the brain and spine. He works closely with the neurosciences and the spinal orthopaedic team for the management of complex neurological, neurosurgical and spinal patients in a multidisciplinary setting. He works closely with the stroke team for the imaging assessment and management of patients with acute stroke.
Dr Brain Matters prepares neuroradiology medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury. He offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal report across a range of areas associated with:
Our Birmingham doctor, Dr Brain Matters is a medico legal expert and the lead independent consultant for the video telemetry, electroencephalography (Brain wave tests) and polysomnography (sleep studies and sleep disorders) services and sleep clinic at the Barberry, National Centre for Mental Health, Birmingham. He is also an honorary lecturer in clinical neuropsychiatry at the University of Birmingham.
He also an expert in sleep disorders - not having a healthy sleep is often linked to other health problems both physical and emotional.
He prepares neuropsychiatric medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury.
Dr Brain Matters qualified as a medical doctor with first-class degree in 2003. He then undertook his core training and higher specialist training in psychiatry from the West Midlands Deanery. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011 and he completed his Master's degree in clinical neuropsychiatry at the University of Birmingham. His research in the field of Non-Epileptic Attacks and Functional Movement Disorder earned him a distinction. He was appointed consultant neuropsychiatrist in 2014.
Dr Brain Matters has wide expertise in a full range of mental health care conditions such as mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders, functional neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury and neuropsychiatry of epilepsy and Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and complex somatoform disorders and medically unexplained symptoms. He also runs a regional sleep clinic at the Barberry centre for people experiencing a sleep problem, bringing sleep experts and sleep specialists together to work with patients to understand underlying causes and agreeing on the right sleep therapy service for them.
He offers a holistic assessment for diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions. The therapeutic assessment involves face to face consultation for about 90 minutes. His patient-centred approach is aimed at recovery and long term well being.
Our Birmingham doctor, Dr Brain Matters is a medico legal expert. He prepares neurophysiology medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injuries. He has been a consultant at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham, since 1994 and is currently the NHS trust's clinical service lead for neurophysiology.
Clinical neurophysiology is a branch of medicine a application of physiology and neuroscience that is concerned with the nervous system
Dr Brain Matters has a special interest in nerve entrapment - trapped nerves - and nerve injury. Patients with nerve compression or nerve injury often report feelings of pain, which can be sharp, aching or burning, or pins and needles, or muscle weakness. Sometimes this can be due to nerve injury or nerve damage (such as nerves in the spinal cord and vertebra causing low back pain), or due to a medical condition.
Dr Brain Matters performs a full range of neurophysiological procedures to investigate peripheral nerve entrapment and nerve disorders, as well as electromyography (EMG) for muscle disorders.
Dr Brain Matters has a clinical interest in the diagnosis of motor neurone disease and the use of videotelemetry in epilepsy diagnosis.
Videotelemetry combines a measure of brain activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG) which records brain wave patterns, with video to observe the patient over a period of time. These studies provide an observable correlation between brain activity and seizures.
Dr Brain Matters is a Consultant Neurologist. His specialist area of clinical practice and academic interest is in the diagnosis and management of traumatic brain injury and its complications. Dr Brain Matters is a founder member of the Association of British Neurologists (ABN) Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist Interest Group and is a current member of the ABN Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Group. Dr Brain Matters is a member of the regional traumatic brain injury team at St George’s Hospital, London and run a weekly traumatic brain injury clinic. He graduated with a double First in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. Then graduated from Oxford University in Medicine and was awarded Merit for finals examinations and Baber Scholarship.
Dr Brain Matters undertook a PhD at Imperial College, London between 2013-2017. He researched the effect of trauma on the brain and led a clinical trial that explored the treatment of post-traumatic brain injury impairments. Dr Brain Matters was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine Trainee of the Year Prize in 2019 for his research into traumatic brain injury and the Gordon Holmes Prize for Neuroscience in 2018. Dr Brain Matters has published widely in the field of traumatic brain injury and general neurology and has written a general interest self-help book for people who have suffered a previous head injury. Dr Brain Matters presented on the topic of traumatic brain injury at numerous National and International Conferences including the Association of British Neurologists Annual Meeting, the World Congress on Brain Injury, the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, the American Association of Neurologists and Frontiers in Traumatic Brain Injury.
Dr Brain Matters prepares neurological medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury.
Dr Brain Matters is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and a medico legal expert , registered with the HCPC and member of the British Psychological Society. She is a member of the BPS division of Neuropsychology and on the specialist register of Neuropsychologists. Dr Brain Matters’ work is split between expert witness work, treating clinician and consultant for a neurorehabilitation unit. She has specialist expertise in providing cognitive assessments, capacity assessments, therapy and rehabilitation to people with acquired brain injury and neurological conditions. Dr Brain Matters experience in working as a Clinical Lead managing complex cases of neurorehabilitation across a range of neurological disorders and across the life span. Her therapeutic specialities are in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the Neurobehavioral Model and Cognitive rehabiliation; however, she works with each client to ensure that their individual needs are met. Dr Brain Matters is experienced in working with multidisciplinary teams, families and case managers to ensure coordinated and high-quality collaborative care. She works with general adults, older adults and young adults (19-25).
Dr Brain Matters offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal report across a range of areas. She prepares neuropsychology medico legal reports for the Court for clients in civil litigation proceedings following serious personal injury / medical negligence cases associated with brain injury. She receives instructions from both claimant and defendant representation. Dr Brain Matters undergone relevant training to be an expert including completion of the Bond Salon training, training with the Expert Witness Institute and regular CPD.
In a treating capacity, she is responsible for the provision of highly specialist clinical neuropsychological assessment, rehabilitation and therapy services to clients with complex neurological and physical disabilities. Dr Brain Matters is experienced at liaising with families, case managers, solicitors and treating teams to provide coordinated, evidence-based support.
Research, Publications and Lecturing:
Dr Brain Matters research interests include cultural issues in neuropsychological assessments, effort testing, ecologically valid executive test development and cognitive screening tests. She is currently researching the development of visual assessment scales for psychosis in people with cognitive impairments. Dr Brain Matters speaks regularly at conferences and seminars, and lecture at Hull University to Trainee Clinical Psychologists on memory impairments, challenging behaviour in brain injury and on capacity assessments. Media work includes television appearances on role of neuropsychology for boxers and risk of brain injury.
Ms Brain Matters offers medical legal consultancy and prepares medico legal report across a range of areas. She is a friendly and well-regarded expert witness with a wealth of knowledge in many specialisms and clinical experience within the community and secondary care. As a registered nurse and independent nurse prescriber she has a wide range of experience in learning disabilities, mental health and complex needs. She has a post registration qualification in epilepsy as well as a special interest in Autistic spectrum disorder; birth injury/developmental delay; brain injury; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; learning disabilities; Mental Capacity Act; mental health; motor neurone disease; multiple sclerosis; neurodegenerative disorders; neuropsychiatry; professional standards; risk assessments; safeguarding (children and vulnerable adults); stroke. To remain current Ms Brain Matters works as an independent practitioner employed as a nurse advisor and freelance consultancy and training. During her years in the NHS she worked in senior roles having managerial and clinical roles in services that worked with clients who had a range of physical and learning disabilities, neurological and mental health needs. ms Brain Matters has worked as a senior community learning disability nurse, manager (community nursing team) and more recently as a clinical nurse specialist in epilepsy in a regional service. She has also been involved in clinical research at various levels. In her managerial roles Ms Brain Matters has been involved in service development, recruitment, performance management, disciplinary procedures and investigating complaints. Ms Brain Matters has worked at Coventry University as visiting lecturer contributing to the learning disability and health assessment modules. She is the chair of a regional specialist nurses group that develops and promotes best practice and was a co-author of a nursing competency framework.
A neurologist is a trained medical doctor that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the brain and nerves. Their expertise is within the field of organic disease and would generally be familiar with managing and treatment of disease such as headache, epilepsy, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, or isolated nerve injury. Within the personal injury they would be regarded as a key expert to understand the severity of the brain injury, past comment on cognitive recovery, and consider organic effects such as post-traumatic headache, epilepsy, or fatigue.
A neuropsychiatrist is a unique kind of psychiatrist. They are psychiatrically trained yet have gained special experience and expertise and an understanding of the cause, particularly non-organic of functional neurological disorder. They would understand the neuropsychiatric complications of a brain injury. They would help understand the cause of complex and unexplained symptoms such as paralysis or non-epileptic attacks.
MRI scans are a very sensitive means of picking up features of brain injury. There are many examples when the day of injury CT brain scan will not have picked up signs of injury, but a subsequent MRI brain scan may reveal features of a diffuse axonal injury. Structural abnormalities found on MR imaging may profoundly change the understanding of your client’s symptoms; as to whether they are organically mediated, or psychological. Objective findings of a brain injury on a test can change the whole approach of subsequent experts to your client’s problems. It supports your client problems being related to brain damage and can influence views about their treatment, rehabilitation needs and care requirements.