Functional Neurological Disorders Service (FNDS)
Service contact information
The Functional Neurological Disorders Service provides multidisciplinary assessment and onward referral to appropriate treatment services where appropriate.
The service includes:
- Consultant Neurologist
- Consultant Neuropsychologist
- Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
- Clinical Psychologist
We currently have one Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological therapy for patients with functional neurological symptoms.
The Neurology Department is located on the 2nd floor of the main Walton Centre Building.
The Neuropsychology Department is located on the 1st floor of the Sid Watkins Building.
Sid Watkins Building
This building hosts our Complex Rehabilitation Unit, some outpatients services, pain management services, corporate services and more.
The Walton Centre - Main Hospital Building
This building hosts many of our in-patient services, including wards and theatres, and some outpatients services.
Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7LJ
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External referrals are via Neurology.
Internal referrals are via form on EP2 or letter to the FND service.
It is a common condition where people experience abnormalities of control of movement, for example weakness of limbs, walking difficulties, tremors, jerks or abnormal posture of the limbs.
It is a programme that aims to help people understand the diagnosis of functional motor disorders (FMD) and learn strategies to retrain their movement.
Sometimes FND symptoms resolve naturally when the diagnosis is explained. But, for most, psychotherapy is beneficial, and is the recommended treatment for FND.
This term describes a problem with the functioning of the nervous system in a structurally normal brain. Functional neurological disorders (FND) are common and account for up to a third of outpatient neurology attendances. They include weakness, non-epileptic attacks, involuntary movements, speech problems or any neurological symptom.
Functional Neurological Disorders Service (FNDS) Consultants
Dr Christine Burness is a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre. She is joint clinical lead of the Functional Neurology Team and also the Trust Guardian of Junior Doctor Safe Working.
Dr Antonio Da Costa works as a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at The Walton Centre. As a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at The Walton Centre he is keen to facilitate cross speciality working within a multidisciplinary team to improve treatment outcomes in complex neuroscience patients.
Dr Jayne Martlew is a Consultant Neuropsychologist at The Walton Centre. She is joint clinical lead of the Functional Neurology Team and also Head of the Neuropsychology Department.
Neuropsychology is a service that helps patients who experience cognitive memory, language or concentration difficulties.
Page last updated: 08 June 202167