Griffin Neurosurgery Ltd
22 Stanley Drive

Tel: 07775 778331
Contact: Mr John Goodden

I studied Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School, (University of London), graduating in January 1997 with MBBS(Lond).

My postgraduate surgery training was completed in South-West London, and I completed the MRCS(England) in 2000. My Neurosurgery Registrar training was in Haywards Heath, Sheffield and Hull. I then had additional training as Visiting Fellow in Paediatric Neurosurgery at the Hôpital Necker, Paris, (Summer 2008), and as the National Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellow at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, from October 2008 to February 2010.

In February 2010, I moved to Leeds as Consultant Neurosurgeon. I have particular specialist interests in paediatric neurosurgery and adult neuro-oncology. Within paediatric neurosurgery, I am the Neurosurgery Lead for spasticity treatments (intrathecal baclofen & SDR). In 2012, I brought Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) to Leeds having studied the techniques in USA. By 2020 we performed >125 SDR operations with no significant complications.

I am a Core Member of both the Adult and Paediatric Neuro-Oncology MDTs. Within my adult neuro-oncology portfolio, I jointly lead the Low Grade Glioma service and regularly perform Awake Craniotomies. In 2010 I was appointed to the SIOP-Europe Brain Tumour Group, and am Neurosurgical Lead for the Low Grade Glioma panel. From 2010-2014 I was Clinical Lead for SHO education & training for our department.
I am a member of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group (CRG) for Paediatric Neurosciences, having also served in 2015-16. In 2013-16 I served on the CRG for Adult Brain & CNS Tumours. These CRGs report to NHS England to help direct policy development and delivery.

I was on the Steering Group for the NHS England Commissioning through Evaluation process for SDR from 2013-18. In 2018 I was appointed to an NHSE Policy Working Group with a remit to provide a policy recommendation in a tight deadline which was successfully met. The result was NHS England routinely commissioned SDR from July 2018.

In 2014 I was part of the team that developed and launched the North East Paediatric Neuroscience Network (NEPNN) – a collaborative network overseeing delivery of paediatric neurosurgery care across the North East of England. I was then appointed as Joint Clinical Lead for the NEPNN and continue in this role.

In 2016 I was appointed as Specialist Neurosurgery Advisor for NICE. In July 2018 I became the Clinical Lead for Paediatric Neurosciences in Leeds.

Medico-legal expertise: I have been writing Expert Medicolegal reports since 2011, for both Claimants and Defendants. I have trained in Expert Witness skills and Courtroom skills. I write 30-40 reports per year, with Claimant–Defendant split of approximately 70:30. My report expertise mirrors my NHS practice – with foci on Oncology (tumour treatment), head injury, hydrocephalus, acute neurosurgery emergencies such as Subarachnoid haemorrhage, and children’s neurosurgery (including child protection). My usual time from instruction to completion of report is about 4-6 weeks, depending on case complexity.

C&P assessments are usually undertaken in my Rooms at the Leeds Nuffield Hospital, although assessment closer to a client’s home is sometimes possible.

Current appointment: Consultant Neurosurgeon (Adult & Paediatric), And Clinical Lead for Paediatric Neurosciences, Leeds General Infirmary

Qualifications: MBBS(Lond) FRCS(Neuro.Surg)

Key specialities: Adult and paediatric neurosurgery

Services offered: Expert reports, Evidence in Court, Single joint expert

Locations: Leeds. C&P reviews at Clients home may be possible – on specific enquiry

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