Consultant Profile

 Ken Ward-Atherton

 Ken Ward-Atherton MBRCP, MARH, MBAH, JHMA (Fellow), BAWMA (Fellow), ICNM (Fellow) Lic Ac, LF.Hom
Practicing at:
Spire Liverpool Hospital
  • Allergy
    • Allergy
Special clinical interests:

Management of Allergies and Food Intolerances related to physical and emotional illnesses with an effective comprehensive range of  integrated therapy interventions

Food Intolerance/Allergy Screening
A specialized blood test, offers screening for almost 60 common foods to detect those which may be contributing to health problems, further ongoing diet management advice and natural Homeopathic treatment available.

Homeopathic Medicine
Homeopathic Medicine can often support mainstream health care by helping a broad spectrum of common physical & emotional illnesses. Homeopathic treatment has an excellent safety record and because homeopathic medicines are non-toxic they can be used by babies, children and adults and during pregnancy.

This specialized system of medical practice of natural remedies has been recognized by the NHS since 1948, and in fact Liverpool had its own NHS Homeopathic Hospital at 42 -56 Hope street for almost a 100 years (Hahnemann Hospital 1876 – 1976).

The most famous advocate of Homeopathic medicine is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the members of the Royal family, who still retain a Royal Homeopathic Physician.

Acupuncture (General Medical Conditions):
According to “NHS Choices” Acupuncture can be used effectively to treat musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones, muscles and nerves) also headaches and migraine, chronic pain, including neck and back pain, joint pain, dental pain, post-operative pain and many others.

Acupuncture has been recognized by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) especially for low back pain.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Private Consultations:
Food Intolerance screening and the other therapies listed above are generally covered by the majority of private health insurance companies, but if you intend to use your insurance please check to see if you are covered prior to arranging your consultation

Research interests:

Food Intolerances related to illness and pain relief in various types of Inflammatory Joint, muscle and neurological conditions.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Late lecturer in Complementary therapies, Directorate of Nursing University of Liverpool

Late lecturer in Complementary therapies Ormskirk District & General Hospital and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Liverpool

Chair of British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (2004 – 2013) Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

Patron of the Alkaptonuria Society, Liverpool Medical School University of Liverpool

Patron of the Integrated Therapies Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Manchester

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths

British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (LJMU)

British Register of Complementary Practitioners 

European Society of Clinical Hirudotherapy Practitioners

Faculty of Homeopathy London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Liverpool Medical Institution

The Royal College of Nursing

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
08444 990 617 or SKYPE on 08444 990 617
Private secretary:
Mrs Maria McCann
Private secretary telephone number:
07746 692277
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Ken Ward-Atherton has an exemplary NHS Healthcare Professional background. His career began at Walton Hospital Liverpool,  followed by senior NHS posts at the previous Liverpool Royal Infirmary,  Fazakerley Hospital (now Aintree University Hospital) Mossley Hospital and within the Community Health sector in Liverpool.

He became interested in Integrative therapies during the 1980’s, embarking initially on an Introductory course in Homeopathy at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.

He then spent a further 5 years undertaking an advanced course in Homeopathic Medicine in Stuttgart, Germany. During the past 30 years he has trained extensively in a range of other Integrated therapies both in the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Israel and the USA.

He is a respected and experienced practitioner who has completed several decades of full time clinical practice in both Allergies & Food Intolerances, Homeopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, and Psychotherapy.

His additional academic teaching background has been acknowledged by the NHS and several Universities where he has been a regular lecturer on various Complementary therapy topics.

He has lectured to both medical students, nurses and midwives.  Ken Ward-Atherton has been an advisor and examiner for the Institute of Complementary & Natural Medicine London since 1990,  and was published in the BMJ Open in 2011 in a nationwide Acupuncture survey sponsored by the University of York.

In December 2013 he was appointed International political advisor to the Russian Medical Leech Therapy Association (ICCHP) in Moscow. He has been a long term committee member for Elsevier Medical Publishers in London, and is  actively involved politically with the Government’s ongoing incentives for Integrated Medicine.

Ken Ward-Atherton holds two National Fellowships and one International Fellowship within the areas of Integrated Medicine,  he has  been a Patron to the Integrated Therapies Unit at Christie Hospital NHS Trust Foundation, Manchester since 2005.

Kenneth is also a Patron of several charities supporting research for genetic illness at the University of Liverpool Medical School and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

In 2005 he was formally selected by the Department of Health (DH) to sit as a member on its expert panel, which produced the first  UK Government report for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicines for the Minister of State for Health in 2008.

Ken Ward-Atherton upholds the highest standards of professionalism and caring both with his patients and colleagues, and has been listed on The Consultant Forum for Private Healthcare referrals.

Personal profile:

Ken is originally from the West Midlands but now lives on the northwest coast, despite having a GP and an aspiring Consultant in Oncology in the family he tends to avoid health topics at home, his other interests include English Feudal history, classical music, cycling, gardening and generally keeping fit and active.

In 2003 he became Lord of Witley & Hurcott Worcestershire following the late William Humble David Ward, the 4th Earl of Dudley, and this has given him an immense opportunity to highlight and support various charities and good causes throughout the year, especially those affecting young children with fatal genetic illness.

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 Ken Ward-Atherton

Ken Ward-Atherton Allergy Consultant, Liverpool, private hospital specialist.

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