Dr Thomas Cope
MB BChir, MA, MClinRes, MRCP, PhD
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 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 will need to ensure they have pre-authorisation for a neuropsychiatry assessment, and patients insured by Aviva must be aware that they will be invoiced for a co-payment for the longer appointment. Those insured by other providers should enquire.
COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.
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
BA (Hons) / University of Cambridge / 2006
Triple first, joint honours in physiology and psychology
Association of British Neurologists – Full member
British Neuropsychiatry Association – Full member
International League against Epilepsy – Full member
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