I am a consultant neurologist specialising in seizure disorders including epilepsy.
Dr Tejal Mitchell
Clinical Lead for Epilepsy, Addenbrookes Hospital and NWAFT
Clinical Lead for Specialist Epilepsy Nurse service, CPFT
You can be good at what you do, but it's more important to know how to take people along with you
My current role
In my current role at Addenbrooke's hospital I look after patients with seizure disorders, including those with complex epilepsy, as well as functional (also known as non epileptic or dissociative) seizures.
As the clinical lead for the epilepsy service at Addenbrooke's hospital and Peterborough city hospital as well as the epilepsy specialist nurses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, I strive to create a strategic vision for epilepsy services across East of England, creating a collaborative and integrative approach between people and services from primary care, community services, acute Trusts as well the regional Tertiary epilepsy unit. I also actively focus on developing and improving transition pathways for adolescents and young people moving from paediatric to adult epilepsy teams.
I studied Medicine at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now part of Imperial College), qualifying in 1994. I gained a PhD in neurological studies at University of London, investigating 'Quantitative MRI in cerebral development disorders and epilepsy' in 2004, before joining the neurology specialist training programme in London. In 2007, I spent a year on a 'Clinical EEG and Epilepsy' fellowship at Westmead hospital, Sydney, Australia before gaining CCT to start my consultant post at CUH in 2009.
Membership and accreditations
I am a member of the Association of British Neurologist (ABN), and currently part of the ABN Epilepsy Advisory Group. I represent the ABN on the RCP Young Adult and Adolescent Steering Group.
I am also a member of the Eastern Paediatric Epilepsy Network (EPEN) as a representative from adult epilepsy; EPEN Transformation Group and NHSE Epilepsy Oversight Group in my role as Co-chair of the Transition working party with the NHSE CYP Transformation Project in Epilepsy.
I currently chair the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Valproate Safety and Implementation Group.
When not at work I enjoy time with my family, gardening (except for weeding) and pottery / ceramics.