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Faculty of Neuropsychiatry: Complex Neurodisability Working Group


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The Faculty of Neuropsychiatry has recently established a `Complex Neurodisability Working Group` at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The group aims to raise clinical and service need profile of patients suffering from complex neuropsychiatric conditions.


We are using the term 'complex neurodisability' to describe patient groups who present with multiple and complex neuropsychiatric, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders, presenting with co-morbid conditions such as substance misuse disorders, psychotic illness, epilepsy, tic disorders, ADHD etc.


We frequently see these patients in different hospital and prison settings and are able to identify them as a very vulnerable and complex patient population group. However, as the pathology and needs profile of these patients do not neatly fit into general and specialist psychiatric services provision, it is often very difficult to identify appropriate services and care delivery pathways. In the absence of structured service pathways for patients and structured training opportunities for professional staff groups, this patient group remains poorly served.


The aims of the Complex Neurodisability Working Group are:

  • To provide a platform to facilitate professional dialogue and educational input in training provision, research, quality assurance and clinical governance in order to enhance patient care and promote service innovation in connection with this patient group.
  • Creation of training opportunities for established consultants and trainees.
  • Establish a support network for clinicians to allow discussion on challenging cases.
  • Developing assessment guidelines




If you are interested in joining the group or wish to make contact, please contact Dr. Rafey Faruqui, Convener Complex Neurodisability Working Group.

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