Our specialist multiple sclerosis (MS) team 

A range of professionals who specialise in different areas of treatment or support may be involved in your care at UCLH.

On this page we detail who is likely to make up your care team.

Dr Declan Chard, consultant neurologist

Dr Declan Chard is an honorary consultant neurologist at University College London Hospital’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and senior clinical research associate at University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Neurology. He studied medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, and undertook postgraduate neurology training in London. Declan’s sub-speciality interest is in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other inflammatory disorders of the brain and spinal cord, and he jointly runs a large clinic dedicated to this with Dr Anand Trip. His current research aims to increase our understanding of the pathological processes underlying multiple sclerosis, using magnetic resonance imaging to detect and measure disease activity, with a view to developing imaging tools that will also be useful in clinical trials and practice.

Dr Jeremy Chataway, consultant neurologist

Dr Jeremy Chataway has been consultant neurologist at the NHNN and Imperial College London’s St Mary’s Hospital since 2001. He is an honorary senior lecturer at both and was awarded a PhD from Cambridge University in genetic epidemiology. Jeremy has a particular interest in designing and setting up trials for new MS treatments. He currently sits on the MS Society Grant Review Panel for Care and Services Research, and is a member of the Society's Clinical Trials Network Steering Group. 
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Prof Olga Ciccarelli, consultant neurologist

Prof Olga Ciccarelli is professor of Neurology at the Institute of Neurology with a particular interest in MS. Olga studied at the University of Rome, completing her training in Neurology in 1999. After coming to the UK, she obtained a PhD in Neurological Studies at the Institute of Neurology in 2005. She was then awarded the prestigious Wellcome Trust Advanced Clinical Fellowship. She became professor of Neurology in 2014. She is the head of the NMR Research Unit at the Queen Square Multiple Sclerosis Centre, and she leads in research studies in MS using magnetic resonance imaging. She also teaches postgraduate students and attracts funding for research. She is an associate editor of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Dr Raju Kapoor, consultant neurologist

As well as being a consultant neurologist, Dr Raju Kapoor is Reader in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology. He is also actively involved with the International Progressive MS Alliance and the Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Assessments Consortium. Raju achieved 1st class honours in Physiological Sciences at Oxford, specialised in general medicine in London, before undertaking research in basic neurobiology in New York and Oxford. He completed his general and specialist neurological training at the NHNN. His research and specialist work have led to ongoing research on MS, including lead roles in trials of neuroprotection in MS and in optic neuritis. Raju’s current research interests include understanding disease mechanisms and developing treatments for MS. 
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Dr Gordon Plant, consultant neurologist

Dr Gordon Plant is a consultant neurologist at the NHNN and Fellow of the colleges of both Physicians and Opthalmologists. He trained in neurology and ophthalmology at the NHNN and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Gordon has a particular interest in neurological disorders affecting vision. 
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Prof Alan J Thompson, consultant neurologist

Prof Alan J Thompson is a consultant neurologist at the NHNN and the director of the Institute of Neurology. Alan studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and trained in neurology at St Vincent’s/Adelaide Hospital in Dublin, The Royal London Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital. He undertook specialist neurology and neurorehabilitation training at the NHNN. He is a National Institute for Health Research senior investigator and was the clinical director of the NHNN from 2003 to 2007. Alan’s specialty is MS, and his research focuses on understanding how and why neurological disability and recovery happens. He also established the neurorehabilitation service at the NHNN, and runs an MS service offering specialist diagnostic, relapse, and rehabilitation clinics. 
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Dr Ahmed Toosy, consultant

Dr Ahmed Toosy is a clinical senior lecturer at UCL and holds honorary consultant posts at the NHNN and Moorfields Eye Hospital. He studied medicine at Cambridge and St George's Medical School before undertaking specialist neurology training in London. Ahmed’s research interests include the mechanisms of disability and recovery in MS, and visual disorders. 
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Dr Anand Trip, consultant neurologist

Dr Anand Trip is a consultant neurologist at the NHNN and Northwick Park Hospital, as well as being an honorary senior lecturer in neurology at UCL. At the NHNN he has a large clinic for patients with MS and other related central nervous system inflammatory disorders. Dr Trip completed a PhD at the Institute of Neurology which looked at markers of axonal loss and myelination in patients with optic neuritis. He remains interested in clinical research and is involved in clinical trials.
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  • Specialist nurses

    Our specialist nurses provide therapeutic and practical support to people with MS, their families and carers. They are an essential link between the patient and other health and social care professionals, and take a central role in co-ordinating services.

    In Bernadette Porter MBE, we also have the NHS’s first MS nurse consultant.

    Bernadette Porter MBEBernadette Porter MBE, MS nurse consultant

    Nurse consultant Bernadette Porter has worked at University College London Hospital’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) for more than 25 years and was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003. Bernadette developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive. She was voted one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing at the 2011 British Journal of Nursing Awards, and was awarded an MBE for her trailblazing work with multiple sclerosis patients in 2013.
     
    Lucy Lyons, MS clinical nurse specialist

    Lucy graduated from the University of Southampton with a nursing degree in 2004 and worked at University Hospital Southampton’s Wessex Neurological Centre. She moved to London three years ago, becoming a clinical nurse specialist in multiple sclerosis at the NHNN. Lucy is currently studying for a Masters degree in Advanced Nursing Practice at City University to further enhance her practice and nursing knowledge.

    Tracey Fay, MS clinical nurse specialist

    Tracey originally trained as a mental health nurse in 1995 and spent six years working in the UK and Australia. She joined UCLH in 2003 and has been able to bring together both her mental health and general nursing experience in dealing with MS.
     
    Margaret Vincent, MS infusion clinical nurse specialist

    Margaret completed her training at Goldsmiths’ College, London University and the London Hospital in 1984. She undertook postgraduate studies in Individual and Organisational Consultation at the Tavistock Clinic between 1989 and 1992 and has spent most of her Career in Community Palliative Care and Intermediate Care. She joined the MS Nursing Team in 2011, initially as the MS Infusion Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her role is now fully integrated into the MS Nursing Team.
     
    Anneka Appleton, MS clinical nurse specialist

    Anneka is originally from the East End of London and qualified as a neurology nurse in 2010 in Liverpool. She joined the NHNN MS Team in 2013. Anneka particularly enjoys research and looking at service improvement by examining new, innovative ways of providing the best care for people with MS.

    Fahima Khanam, MS associate clinical nurse specialist

    Fahima is from Bethnal Green in East London and joined the team in 2013.

    Melissa Chowdhary, MS clinical nurse specialist

    Since qualifying in 2001 Melissa has always worked on neurology wards alongside people with MS. She moved to the NHNN in 2007 and became an MS specialist nurse in 2011. Melissa is currently working towards a Masters in Leadership at King’s College London to further enhance her skills.
  • Physiotherapists

    Physiotherapists are used to help treat physical problems associated with MS.

    Their work focuses on a number of the body's systems, including bones, joints and soft tissues, the brain and nervous system, as well as the organs that help you breathe, such as the windpipe, voicebox and lungs.

    If you need to see a physiotherapist they will develop exercises and movements that take into account your current level of health and any specific requirements.

    They may also use techniques such as massage to help relieve muscle pain and stiffness, or acupuncture to ease pain.
  • Occupational therapists

    Occupational therapists provide support if your condition prevents you from doing the activities that matter to you.
    An occupational therapist can identify strengths and difficulties you may have in everyday life, such as dressing or getting to the shops, and will help you work out practical solutions.
     
    An occupational therapist can work with you to identify goals that can help you maintain, regain or improve your independence by using different techniques, changing your environment and using new equipment.
  • Speech and language therapists

    A speech and language therapist assesses and manages communication and swallowing difficulties that may be experienced as part of MS.

    They can provide specific advice and coping strategies.
  • Neuro-psychologists

    If you are referred to a neuro-psychologist, they will assess how cognitive functions such as memory, language, perception, planning and attention are being affected by MS.

    They will then work with you to come up with strategies for managing or compensating for any loss of cognitive function, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and psychotherapy.  
  • Neuro-psychiatrists

    Our neuro-psychiatrists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of moderate to severe mood disorders associated with MS.

    They will offer advice regarding potential treatment, including CBT or drug therapy.

    In more complex cases they may advise an inpatient rehabilitation programme.
  • Dieticians

    A registered dietician can help translate scientific information about food into practical advice. Dieticians look at your diet to ensure you are receiving all the nutrients you need.

    They offer advice for individuals who are losing weight, underweight or have a poor appetite. They also provide general healthy eating and weight management advice, dietary information to help with bowel symptom management and for those following alternative/complementary diets.

    A dietetic assessment will entail obtaining past medical history, any medications you may be on, social history and weight history. The dietician will look at your food and drink intake from a typical day and make any relevant suggestions based upon your dietary goals.
  • Complementary therapists

    You may be referred to UCLH’s Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) to see one of our complementary therapists.
     
    They offer a range of complementary therapies which may be helpful for aspects of MS, including, herbal medicine and homeopathy, acupuncture to help with pain and spasticity, and homeopathy for general well-being.
  • Bladder and bowel problem specialists

    If you are experiencing bladder or bowel symptoms related to your MS you may be referred to specialists based either the NHNN on Queen Square or University College Hospital on the Euston Road for a detailed assessment.
     
    They will tailor any treatment needed depending on your needs.