Dr Richard Davenport

Consultant Neurologist
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Current posts:

  • 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)

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

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. Whilst 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 2021 elected President Elect of the ABN, to start in 2023. I was Chair of National Advisory Committee for Neurological Conditions (Scotland) for 3 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.