Dr Thomas E Cope

Dr Thomas E Cope, MB BChir, MA, MClinRes, MRCP, PhD

Consultant Neurologist and Neuropsychiatrist

About me

I am a Consultant Neurologist practicing at the Spire Cambridge Lea, specialising in cognitive disorders and epilepsy. 

I have particular expertise in dementia, neuropsychiatry, cognitive disorders, speech and language disorders, and movement disorders, and have written a large number of book chapters and journal articles on these subjects.

In private practice, I run both a general neurology clinic and a specialist dementia assessment clinic. In my general clinic I am happy to see patients with epilepsy or seizures, Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders, headache or facial pain, and balance disturbance. While I will also see patients with limb weakness and muscle wasting, or multiple sclerosis, my excellent neurologist colleagues have more expertise in these areas and I may refer you on to them for optimum care.

In my dementia assessment clinic I have longer appointments, and mainly see patients who are concerned about their memory, speech or changes in behaviour.

I will also see patients with neuropsychiatric problems with thinking or behaviour after stroke, or other brain illnesses.

I trained in medicine at Cambridge University, graduating with a double-first in physiology and psychology, and placing in the top quartile of the clinical school. I did my junior training in Newcastle, working for four years as an academic foundation doctor then academic clinical fellow in dementia neurology before returning to complete my higher neurology training in Cambridge and London. I have a PhD in cognitive neurology, and before taking up my consultant post I worked for the University of Cambridge as a clinical lecturer.

In my NHS work, I am academic lead for epilepsy and clinical lead for neuropsychiatry at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and I run a complex dementia clinic for Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust. I am a member of the British Neuropsychiatry Association, the International League against Epilepsy, and the Association of British Neurologists. I am also a fellow of Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, where I teach neuroscience to medical students, and direct studies for students reading psychology in their final year.