Dr Thomas Cope

Dr Thomas Cope

Consultant Neurologist

MB BChir, MA, MClinRes, MRCP, PhD

Specialises in

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Parkinson's disease

I am a Consultant Neurologist, specialising in epilepsy and cognitive disorders. I have particular expertise in dementia, neuropsychiatry, cognitive disorders, speech and language disorders, and movement disorders, and have written a large number of book chapters and journal articles on these subjects.

In private practice, I run both a general neurology clinic and a specialist dementia assessment clinic at the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. When you are booking your appointment, please be clear with the booking team which of these you require, as the appointment durations are different. In my general clinic I am happy to see patients with epilepsy or seizures, Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders, headache or facial pain, and balance disturbance.

While I will also see patients with limb weakness and muscle wasting, or multiple sclerosis, my excellent neurologist colleagues have more expertise in these areas and I may refer you on to them for optimum care. In my dementia assessment clinic I have longer appointments, and mainly see patients who are concerned about their memory, speech or changes in behaviour, but I will also see patients with neuropsychiatric problems with thinking or behaviour after stroke, or other brain illnesses.

I trained in medicine at Cambridge University, graduating with a double-first in physiology and psychology, and placing in the top quartile of the clinical school. I did my junior training in Newcastle, working for four years as an academic foundation doctor then academic clinical fellow in dementia neurology before returning to complete my higher neurology training in Cambridge and London. I have a PhD in cognitive neurology, and before taking up my consultant post I worked for the University of Cambridge as a clinical lecturer.

In my NHS work, I am academic lead for epilepsy and clinical lead for neuropsychiatry at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and I run a complex dementia clinic for Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust. I am a member of the British Neuropsychiatry Association, the International League against Epilepsy, and the Association of British Neurologists. I am also a fellow of Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, where I teach neuroscience to medical students, and direct studies for students reading psychology in their final year.

For general neurology appointments I accept Axa, Aviva, Cigna, Alliance Medical and VitalityHealth but NOT Bupa. Those insured by other providers should enquire. 

Patients wishing to seek advice and treatment for neuropsychiatry or dementia assessments are asked to book their appointment via our Outpatients Booking Team as opposed to online via the booking portal, because a longer appointment will be required. For neuropsychiatry or dementia assessments patients insured by Axa and Aviva will need to ensure they have pre-authorisation for a neuropsychiatry assessment, or be aware that they will be invoiced for a co-payment for the longer appointment. Those insured by other providers should enquire. 


General Medical Council Number: 7045859

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Thomas Cope at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Greater occipital nerve block for migraine

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Additional information

Alzheimers disease
Memory disorders
Movement disorders

PhD / University of Cambridge / 2018
Milo Keynes Prize

Specialty Certificate in Neurology / Royal College of Physicians London / 2016

MClinRes / University of Newcastle / 2013

MB BChir (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) / University of Cambridge Medical School / 2009
First quartile

BA (Hons) / University of Cambridge / 2006
Triple first, joint honours in physiology and psychology

Professional memberships

Association of British Neurologists – Full member

British Neuropsychiatry Association – Full member

International League against Epilepsy – Full member

Professional leadership

Academic lead for epilepsy and clinical lead for neuropsychiatry at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Member of Governing Body at Murray Edwards College Cambridge
Previous committee member and trustee of the British Neuropsychiatry Association

Consultant Neurologist, Cambridge University Hospitals

Senior Affiliated Scientist, MRC CBU

Fellow, Murray Edwards Col

Telephone 01223 266 990
Website http://www.cambridgedementia.co.uk
Private secretary Leahann Scott
Private secretary email leahann.scott@nhs.net