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Neuropsychiatry and Brain Injury: Outpatient Service

How our service can help you

Our neuropsychiatry service manages the psychological complications of neurological disorders. This includes psychiatric complications of epilepsy, movement disorders and other neurological disorders, including; early onset dementias and other memory disorders, depersonalisation, and conversion and dissociative disorders including nonepileptic seizures and other somatoform disorders.

Overview - Brain Injury Unit
Our unit undertakes assessment, investigation and treatment of adults with an acquired brain injury, including traumatic and anoxic brain injuries, stroke, and encephalitis. We treat cognitive, behavioural and psychiatric issues. We also see people with a primary mental illness diagnosis, who may also have suffered a brain injury, and individuals who may have sustained brain injuries in the context of drug or alcohol use.

Most people are seen in our outpatient clinic. Individuals are admitted for inpatient care when a community placement is not appropriate or sustainable due to confusion, disorientation, challenging behaviour, wandering and other cognitive deficits.

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  • Service Borough Covers: National (Adult services) Treatment type: Outpatient
  • Contact the service

    Site Location: Multiple sites Phone Number: 020 3228 2092
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  • Business Hours/Visiting Hours:

    0900-1700 hrs

  • Other essential information

  • Conditions: Addictions, Anxiety, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar disorder, Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), Childhood degenerative disorders, Conduct disorder, Dementia, Depression, Dissociative disorders, Eating disorders, Learning disabilities, Neuropsychiatry, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Perinatal disorders, Persistent physical symptoms, Personality disorders, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Psychosexual, Psychosis, Self-harm

Eligibility criteria


  • Age: although primarily an adult service (18 to 65), referrals are considered on an individual basis
  • Symptoms and disorders: any identified or suspected psychiatric symptom (affective, psychotic, cognitive and others) resulting from a neurological and/or neurosurgical disorder, including nervous system complications of systemic disorders (HIV, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sarcoidosis, metabolic disorders and others)
  • Pre-operative assessments: we offer comprehensive psychiatric assessments for patients wishing to undergo deep brain stimulation and epilepsy surgery 

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Care Options

The information on this page describes the Neuropsychiatry Services care options and associated treatments.

Outpatient Services

Locations and consultants

  • Guy’s Hospital
    • Dr Al Santhouse
  • King’s College Hospital
    • Dr Sotiris Posporelis
    • Dr Paul Shotbolt
    • Dr Biba Stanton*
  • Maudsley Hospital
    • Dr Simon Harrison
    • Dr Tim Nicholson
    • Dr David Okai
  • St Thomas’ Hospital
    • Dr Mervi Pitkanen
    • Dr Tim Segal
    • Dr Paul Shotbolt
    • Dr Biba Stanton* 

* Dr Biba Stanton is a consultant neurologist 

Outpatient treatments

Specialist cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

The Trust has been at the forefront internationally in developing specialist CBT for functional neurological disorders (FND) and building an evidence base for its use with large multicentre clinical trials. We have four full time CBT therapists providing outpatient CBT at the Maudsley Hospital – Ken McKeown, Clare Grey, Lorenza Tedesco, Fabio Simiao. If deemed suitable, courses of treatment are usually one hour long session per week for 12 to 14 weeks. 

Neurophysiotherapy for ‘motor’ FNDs (for example, limb weakness and movement disorders such as tremor or dystonia)

Outpatient specialist physiotherapy for functional neurological disorders (FND) is available with the appointment of Emily Jay, highly specialised neurophysiotherapist. 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for ‘motor’ FND (for example, limb weakness and movement disorders such as tremor or dystonia)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is available for selected patients with motor functional neurological disorders (FND) (especially severe weakness) at King’s College Hospital with Dr Tim Nicholson, including as part of the TONICS randomised controlled trials. The development of a routine clinical service is planned.

Liaison Neuropsychiatry Services

This service is available only to inpatients at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’.

Locations and consultants

  • King’s College Hospital
    • Dr Sotiris Posporelis
    • St Thomas’ Hospital
    • Dr Mervi Pitkanen
    • Dr Tim Segal

Day hospital service (FiND programme)

The FiND Programme (functional integrated neurological disorders) is an outpatient rehabilitative group therapy programme specialising in the treatment of functional neurological disorders (FND). It provides a holistic and integrated approach using aspects from psychiatry, psychology and physiotherapy. 

The programme typically runs for eight weeks and patients attend our unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital for two full days (9.30am to 4pm) each week. 

Potential attendees must have suitable rehabilitation goals, have achieved a level of self-management so that they are independent with personal-care and additionally are able to transfer in and out of a taxi independently. 

Attendance and travel arrangements are typically limited to people who live within 40 miles of the Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Other specialist services

Encephalitis Clinic

The autoimmune encephalitis clinic is a joint multidisciplinary neuropsychiatric clinic dedicated to the assessment and management of patients with confirmed or suspected autoimmune encephalitis and other central nervous system autoimmune disorders, at King’s College Hospital, London. 

All patients at this clinic are seen jointly by a neurologist (Dr Laura Mantoan, providing maternity cover for Dr Ester Coutinho) and a psychiatrist (Dr Tom Pollak), an approach we believe is essential to ensuring the best possible patient care. We also provide 'in-reach' advice, assessments and opinions for mental health teams within the Trust. 

FND Psychoeducation Group

This is a pilot initiative for individuals diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder and their carers. Organised by Dr Tim Segal and Dr Biba Stanton, it aspires to enhance people’s understanding of their condition and introduce to self-management techniques through presentations from members of the multidisciplinary team.

Our experts

Dr Alastair Santhouse:- Read more

Dr Biba Stanton:- Read more

Clare Grey: - Read more

Dr David Okai: - Read more

Dr Sotiris Posporelis: - Read more

Prof Laura Goldstein: - Read more

Dr Mary Summers:- Read more

Dr Nick Medford: - Read more

Paul Shotbolt: - Read more

Simon Harrison: - Read more

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