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Mr Richard Edwards

Consultant Spinal and Neurosurgeon



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Mr Richard Edwards runs the elective Adult Hydrocephalus Service at Circle Bath Hospital. He is the largest single implanter of shunts in the United Kingdom. His main areas of neurosurgical expertise include surgery for hydrocephalus including shunt surgery and complex neuroendoscopy.

His adult neurosurgical practice includes surgery for adult hydrocephalus and surgery for degenerative spinal disease.

He also has substantial experience in day case lumbar microdiscectomy, lumber microdiscectomy, lumbar decompression surgery and revision microdiscectomy surgery. 

He has a major academic interest in hydrocephalus and head injury in both adults and children. Mr Edwards was on the external advisory committee to the CMACE Head Injury in Children Study which evaluated every child admitted to hospital with a head injury in the UK over a 6 month period in 2009/10, looking at factors associated with poor outcome from head injury. 

Mr Edwards lectures on the Neuropsychology Masters Degree course at the University of Bristol on the subject of head injury.

Having completed his formal neurosurgical training in the UK in 2005, he undertook a 12-month clinical fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. As part of this fellowship he received additional specialist training in the identification and management of non-accidental head injury in children.

Year of first medical qualification


Research interests

Paediatric Neurosurgical Advisor to the National CEMACH "Head Injury In Children" Study External Advisory Group.
Major Research interest in both Adult and Paediatric Hydrocephalus.
Translational Research Project developing telemetric intracranial pressure monitor.

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies & academic societies

International Society for Hydrocephalus & CSF Disorders
Pediatric Cranio-cervical Spine Society (USA)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (USA)
International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
Society of British Neurological Surgeons
British Paediatric Neurosurgery Group
British Medical Association


2010 MD degree. University of London. “A Study Of Endoscopic Choroid Plexus Coagulation In The Treatment Of Hydrocephalus”
2006 Fellowship in Paediatric Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Canada
2005 Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Neurosurgery. Entered onto the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (United Kingdom)
2004 FRCS(Neuro.Surg) - Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in Neurosurgery
1998 Part 2 FRCS (England)
1996 Part 1 FRCS (England)
1994 MB BS, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College, London University
1991 BSc. Upper Second Class Honours degree in Biomedical Sciences (London University)

National and Regional Committee Memberships

Department of Health / NHS England
Children's Rare and Complex Brain Tumours Task Group (2012-13)
National NHS England Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) SDR Steering Group (2013-14)
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)
Independent Advisory Group: Children's Head Injury Project (2012-15)
2017 - CSF Group subcommittee for the UK CSF Shunt Registry (responsible for research output from the UK Shunt
2016 - Appointed as vice-Chair of the UK CSF Group of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons
2010 Specialist Adviser to the NICE Interventional Procedures Programme: Selective dorsal rhizotomy for spasticity
in cerebral palsy (318/2)
2009 - 11 Paediatric Neurosurgical Advisor to the National CMACE-NSPCC Non-Accidental Head Injury Study Group
2008 - 11 Paediatric Neurosurgical Advisor to the National CMACE “Head Injury In Children” Study External Advisory
2008 - South West Representative, National Trauma Group, Society of British Neurological Surgeons
2007 - Intercollegiate Examination Board in Neurosurgery (UK), MCQ Group
2007 - South West Specialty Training Committee (Neurosurgery)

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