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An introduction to managing Functional Neurological Disorder

12:00 - 13:00pm

Teams Live Event - a recording of which is available

Greater Manchester Neuro Rehabilitation and Integrated Stroke Delivery Network logo

Audience: Any Health Care Professionals


Richard J Brown is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme at the University of Manchester. He is also Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, where he runs an outpatient clinical psychology clinic delivering psychotherapy for people with Functional Neurological Disorders. He has written numerous theoretical, empirical and clinical papers on functional symptoms and related topics.

Anna Rutherford is a Specialist Neuro-physiotherapist based at Manchester Centre for Clinical Neurosciences within Salford Royal Foundation Trust. Anna currently works across Neurology, Neurorehab and Stroke services and has over 15 years of experience working with FND patients. Recently she has delivered treatment as part of the Physio4FMD research trial and is currently involved in the work to develop a more specialist FND service for Greater Manchester.

The aims of this training session are to provide:

  1. A basic understanding of Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), including its nature, prognosis, diagnosis, causes and underlying mechanisms
  2. An overview of common approaches to supporting and treating people with FND
  3. Practical tips on engaging and working with people diagnosed with FND, including terms to use, how to explain the diagnosis, how to identify possible targets for treatment and how to manage common issues that arise in this work

*Please note: this is not a detailed resource on treatment and that profession specific training on this will hopefully be accessible in the future

The recording of this event is available to all registered site users.  Please email for the link