Dr Richard Davenport

Dr Richard Davenport

Consultant Neurologist

DM, FRCP Edin, BM BS (with Honours), B Med Sci

Specialises in

I qualified from Nottingham in 1987, completed general medical training in Stoke-on-Trent, moved to Edinburgh in 1992, and after my DM thesis in stroke spent a year in Australia, before returning to Edinburgh as one of the last Senior Registrars. I was appointed consultant in 1999. While very much a general neurologist, I undertake NHS first seizure, movement disorder and MND clinics.

I was elected to the Association of British Neurologists Council in 2009, appointed Chair of the Training and Education committee in 2010, demitting in 2016. In 2019 I was appointed ABN Meetings secretary and in April 2020 elected President Elect of the ABN, to start in 2023. I was Chair of National Advisory Committee for Neurological Conditions (Scotland) for three years from 2017. 

Reflecting my interest in education and training, I am on the standard setting boards for the MRCP Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) for Neurology, secretary of Neurology SCE exam board and member of the MRCP part 1 exam board (2017-2019). I organise and chair the annual Edinburgh Neurology Course, and organise the weekly local neurology trainee teaching, including regular neurology book clubs. Outside of neurology, I cycle increasingly slowly and decreasing distances.

My private practice in Edinburgh is based at Spire Shawfair Park hospital where I consult on a Friday morning.

My private practice in Edinburgh is based at Spire Shawfair Park hospital where I consult on a Friday morning.


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I am a general neurologist, and comfortable seeing patients with any neurological symptoms. I have particular interests in Headache (including migraine and cluster syndromes), Movement disorders (including Parkinson's Disease and ataxia), Epilepsy (including unexplained blackouts and funny turns), Motor neurone disease and Myasthenia Gravis.

Professional memberships

Member of Association of British Neurologists (ABN) Council (elected 2009)

Chair ABN Training and Education committee

Expert Advisor to Ataxia UK

Motor Neurone Disease

Consultant Neurologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh (appointed 1999).

Specialty Advisor to Chief Medical Officer (Neurology) 2017.

Association of British Neurologists President Elect (to start 2023).

Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, cooking, eating, drinking and travelling with my family.