Seminar on Chronic Pain and Functional Neurological Disorder


Cases involving chronic pain conditions and FND are increasingly common but difficult to identify and to manage.

This seminar will explore different types of chronic pain conditions including Fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Post Traumatic Pain and Somatisation Disorders.
It will also provide an in-depth analysis of Functional Neurological Disorders and how these relate to Chronic Pain cases.

We are privileged to have two of the country's most eminent experts in the field of FND, Prof Mark Edwards and Dr Mike Dilley, who will detail how to identify the condition, how it can be linked to trauma, treatment options and prognosis. 

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar is for claimant solicitors only.


  • Fiona Ashworth - Barrister, Kings Chambers

Fiona Ashworth has had over 20 years’ experience in running chronic pain and FND cases and will give and in depth discussion of how to identify such cases and how to run them successfully through to trial.

  • Dr Michael Dilley, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Chair, Faculty of Neuropsychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Mike Dilley, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, has specialist interests in brain injury and severe and complex functional neurological disorder that requires interdisciplinary inpatient and day patient rehabilitation.

He provides input across the entire integrated care pathway for patients with neuro psychiatric needs associated with brain injury. As such, Dr Dilley will often support a patient’s recovery along their entire journey from acute care to are turn to the community.

He is a member of the Clinical Reference Group in Neuroscience at NHS England; the National Neurosciences Advisory Group; the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair of the Faculty of Neuropsychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Dilley is a Trustee of the United Kingdom Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF).

Dr Dilley completed his training at King’s College London, The Maudsley, National Hospital for

Neurology & Neurosurgery and Institute of Psychiatry. He is currently a co-investigator in the NIHR funded randomised trial of primary prevention of depression after TBI.

  • Professor Mark Edwards (MBBS, BSc (Hons), PhD, FRCP)

Mark Edwards is a Professor of Neurology and Interface Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London and works clinically at the Maudsley Hospital and Kings College Hospital. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in Movement Disorders and Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). He did his PhD with Professor John Rothwell and Professor Kailash Bhatia at the UCL Institute of Neurology, studying the pathophysiology of genetic dystonia. Following completion of neurology training he became a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCL and the National Hospital for Neurology. Here he developed an NIHR funded research program and specialist diagnostic and treatment service for patients with FND. After moving to St George’s in 2015 he expanded this work to develop one of the first integrated diagnostic and treatment services for FND alongside continued research work into the pathophysiology of the disorder and development and testing of novel treatments, including the first randomised trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional movement disorders. He recently led the development of a national exemplar pathway for Functional Neurological Disorder for the National Neurology Advisory Group on behalf of NHS England. He was appointed to his new post at Kings in September 2022.

He has published over 300 peer reviewed publications and is author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders. He is President of the Association of British Neurology Movement Disorders Group, International Executive Committee member of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society, Board Member of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Neurology, and medical advisor for FNDHope, the UK Dystonia Society and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.



13 Oct 2022


Chamber Space, Central Manchester


8.30 am

Seminar ends:

12.30 pm


3.5 hours


£50 +VAT

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