Functional Neurological Conditions Special Interest Group

Chair: Dr Jason Price, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, South Tees NHS FT

Due to a substantial reduction in funding for the Clinical Networks this year, we have been directed to focus on a reduced number of national priorities. Neurological conditions is not one of our 2016/17 priorities and as such we are unable to provide administrative or project management support to the Functional Neurological Conditions Special Interest Group.

We want to take this opportunity to commend the work of this group between the period 2013 – 2016 and we have compiled a document of their achievements which is available via the link below. The group continues to meet and contacts can be provided if required.

Neurological Conditions Legacy Document


Functional neurological conditions account for around a third of all new neurology outpatient referrals. There are commonalities between functional neurological symptoms and those relating to other conditions, for which the term ‘persistent physical symptoms’ more broadly describes the issue.


  • Develop standardised information and education material for professionals in the identification and management of patients presenting with functional / persistent symptoms;
  • Develop standardised information and education material for patients diagnosed with functional conditions.
  • Understand the current service provision for patients with functional symptoms;
  • Develop a more flexible model that would deliver an improved experience and outcome for patients, based on national and local good practice examples.

This special interest group works collaboratively with the Northern Association for Persistent Physical Symptoms (NAPPS) group on shared themes.


Useful Links

Functional Conditions Education Video

Functional Neurological Disorder Educational Morning – 30 October 2015

Freud’s Studies on Hysteria 120th anniversary debate

Symptoms and patient support websites

Non epileptic attacks info

Resources for professionals and useful documents

Functional Neurological Forum (Northern Association for Persistent Physical Symptoms group)

British Medical Journal learning module (requires login)

Healthcare Improvement Scotland neurological symptoms report

Scottish Neurological Symptoms report

London Commissioning Model for MUS

Investing in emotional and psychological wellbeing for patients with long term conditions (section on ‘medically unexplained symptoms’)

Publications from Sheffield Neurology Psychotherapy Service

Dissociative Seizures

Dissociative Seizures 2

Functional Movement Disorders

Functional Pain

Key Points Dissociative Seizures

The role of hormones and emotions

UK Functional Neurological Symptoms Therapists Event June 2015

Alisa Winters Physiotherapy

Amy Page and Karen Bridgett Explaining Diagnosis PPI research

Ann Turner Ending Therapy

Final resources slide

Jason Price Outcome Data

Katy Collinson Treatment for Dissociative seizures

Louise Oakley and Sue Humblestone Using equipment and adaptations

Miriam Lomas Groups

Professor Markus Reuber – Developing a core battery of outcome measures

Stella Plisner ACT therapy

Steph Howlett Explaining diagnosis


1 December 2015Download
7 July 2015Download
7 October 2014Download
Meeting Minutes
7 October 2014Download
8 April 2014Download
Other Documents
Terms of ReferenceDownload
Commissioning for Functional Neurological DisordersDownload