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Who are we?

We are a group of NHS Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Psychologists/Psychological Therapists who regularly work with people who have Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).

Our aims are:

  • To provide peer support and networking opportunities for NHS therapists interested in FND

  • To share knowledge and resources

  • To highlight examples of good clinical practice of FND treatment within the NHS

  • To support service development for patients with FND

We meet as a group 3 to 4 times a year online. At each meeting, we invite an FND expert to talk about a particular topic. Followed by a brief network meeting, where participants can add items of interest to the agenda.

From 2020, our meetings have moved online.

Our network is set up to support NHS clinicians. We welcome new members from allied health and nursing backgrounds. Medical professionals are also welcome to join.


All resources and outputs from our group are available for free for all to access on this website. hip from UK based health professionals.






Coming Up!

  •  9 Sept 2024, 17:30: Physiotherapist, Dr Glenn Nielsen: Outcomes of the Physio4FMD multicentre RCT

  • Please email with requests for future topics

Previous Talks

  • Jan 2019: Functional Neurological Disorders: From aetiology to service development. Prof Mark Edwards, Professor of Neurology, St George's University of London

  • Jun 2019: Outcome Measures and FND. Dr Tim Nicholson, Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

  • Nov 2019: Medications and FNDS. Dr Pany Petrochilos, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Lead for FND Services, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

  • Jul 2020: FND Hope - Patient Support Charity. Dawn Golder, Executive Director, FND Hope UK.

  • Nov 2020: Functional Cognitive Disorders. Dr Laura McWhirter, Psychiatrist and Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

  • Jan 2021: Functional Seizures and the CODES RCT. Professor Laura Goldstein, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London

  • April 2021: Communicating the Diagnosis. Prof Jon Stone. Professor of Neurology, University of Edinburgh and Consultant Neurologist

  • Jul 2021: Speech and Language Therapy and FND. Caroline Barnett and Lorna Dixon. Speech and Language Therapists. 

  • Nov 2021: Symptom Mechanisms and links to treatment. Prof Alan Carson. Professor of Neuropsychiatry. University of Edinburgh

  • February 2022: NHS Pathways for FND. Professor Mark Edwards, Professor of Neurology. St George's University of London.

  • July 2022: Psychological Interventions for FND. Prof Richard Brown, The University of Manchester.

  • November 2022: Functional (scan negative) cauda equina syndromes and chronic idiopathic urinary retention. Neurologist, Dr Ingrid Hoeritzauer

  • February 2023: An interoceptive prism into functional seizures. Neurologist, Dr Mahinda Yogarajah.

  • June 2023: Physiotherapist, Dr David Herdman: Psychologically informed vestibular rehabilitation and the INVEST trial.


  • February 2024: Dr Niels Detert, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, topic: Mindfulness for FND

  • May 2024: Dr Richard Cole, Neuropsychiatrist. Topic: Neurodiversity, Autism and FND.

Current Projects & Discussions

  • FND pathway for Hyperacute Stroke Units

  • Early Supported Discharge Teams and FND

The AHP FND Networking Group is chaired by:


Clare Nicholson

Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist


Glenn Nielsen

Consultant Physiotherapist


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This website is supported by The National Brain Appeal

The Zoom license for our meetings was paid for by charitable donations raised by FND Dimensions, FND Action & FND Friends

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