Neurological Infectious Disease Advice Service (NIDAS)

Professor Benedict D Michael and colleagues run the Neurological Infectious Disease Advice Service (NIDAS).

This service is comprised of colleagues in Neurology and Infectious Diseases from The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and The Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences. Including Dr Sylvaine Defres, Dr Christine Burness, Dr Mark Ellul, and Professor Tom Solomon.

Together we provide advice for clinicians on acute aspects of the diagnosis and management of patients with neurological infections and also support for those suffering neurological sequalae following the acute episode through our NeuroID Clinic. 

We work closely with third sector organisations including Encephalitis International and The Meningitis Research Foundation

Are you a clinician?

If you would like to discuss a patient acutely, and you are a member of the clinical team caring for a patient with suspected or proven neurological infection, please contact May Williams, the secretary for Professor Michael via The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust: 0151 525 3611 

If you are an NHS doctor and would like to refer a patient to the NHS NeuroID Outpatient clinic please send the referral to:

Dr Sylviane Defres
The Tropical and Infectious Diseases Unit,
Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
Prescot Street,
Liverpool, L7 8XP. 

Interested in learning more about neurology?

Do you struggle when a patient presents with a brain infection?  

Then why not sign up for our NeuroPRACTICE course. A 1-day update aimed at GPs and GP trainees on the latest in the management of common neurological presentations focusing on the key skills required for clinical assessment, investigation and management of common neurological and neurosurgical presentations.

Or if you want a longer course then register for the NeuroID course. A 2-day CPD accrediated course aimed at clinicians of all grades (including medical students) working in Adult and Paediatric Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Acute Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Medical Microbiology who want to update their knowledge and improve their skills.

Do you feel you have inadequate Neurology experience to be confident for PACES?

We run an intensive one-day course at the Walton Centre called NeuroPACES. The programme consists of a wide range of clinical neurology cases likely to be encountered in the PACES exam. Candidates are tutored in small groups, with candidates taking turns at the clinical stations to ensure that each candidate has adequate examination practice during the day.

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