Dr Sophia Varadkar
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Sophia Varadkar completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and her postgraduate medical training in Dublin and London, UK.  She is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, where she is the Chief of Service for the Brain Directorate.  Her clinical work in epilepsy focuses on the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service.  She is clinical lead for the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy programme at GOSH and is Co-Chair of the UK Paediatric Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) expert group. Sophie is also Chair of the steering committee for the British Paediatric Neurology Association Paediatric Epilepsy Training Programme and is a council member of the International League Against Epilepsy British Branch. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in London with her husband and two children.

Emma Ninnis
Epilepsy Specialist Nurse

Emma Ninnis trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital from 2002 onwards, obtaining a BSc Honours degree in Children’s nursing from London Southbank University. Upon graduation in 2005 she specialised in the care of children and young people with complex neurological conditions, including complex epilepsy. Emma was previously a senior staff nurse on the 24 bedded Neurosciences unit at Great Ormond Street, where she gained experience in the management of children with epilepsy and epilepsy patients undergoing investigation and proceeding to epilepsy surgery. In 2014 she was appointed as Clinical Nurse Specialist with the complex Epilepsy team. She has particular interests in the teenage issues young people face with epilepsy, for which she has been involved in developing face to face contact individually, teenage drop in clinics, interactive workshops for the teen and parent and age appropriate information leaflets.

Dr Manny Bagary
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
Phil Tittensor
Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies

Phil Tittensor has been a clinical nurse specialist in epilepsy since 2000. In January 2019, he became Consultant Nurse for the Epilepsies. His background is in learning disability nursing. He is the current chair of the Epilepsy Nurses Association (ESNA). Phil has a particular interest in the diagnosis and management of Non – Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD), and non-drug options for treating refractory epilepsy. He is currently piloting a novel treatment strategy for NEAD.