Dr Rob Forsyth
Consultant/Senior Lecturer

  • Email: rob.forsyth@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5742
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 282 4878
  • Address: Institute of Neuroscience, Sir James Spence Institute, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP


Rob Forsyth is a specialist paediatric (child) neurologist. He is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and an NHS Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Great North Children's Hospital.

As well as leading the clinical children's brain injury service at GNCH he has an active research interest in brain injury in children: how to prevent it, how best to treat it in the early intensive care phase and above all how best to optimise outcomes through rehabilitation. He is developing methods to allow careful, systematic clinical evaluation of novel rehabilitation treatments to see if they improve outcome.

He is chief investigator for the NIHR funded Futures children's neurorehabilitation project looking and leads a multi centre study evaluating the use of inhaled carbogen as a treatment for an unusual form of childhood epilepsy

He was UK national training advisor in paediatric neurology 2003-9 and co-edited the Oxford Specialist Handbook in Paediatric Neurology (second edition March 2012). He was on the editorial board of the journal Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology from 2004-2011. He is a Trustee of the UK Children's Neurological Research Campaign



Research Interests

Optimisation of recovery from acquired brain injury in children. Measurement of participation of disabled children, and of factors affecting this.

Other Expertise

Paediatric rehabilitation, epilepsy


2015-2017. How should the NHS deliver rehabilitation services to children after acquired brain injury? NIHR Programme Development Grant. £100k

2011-2015. Phase 1 trial of 5% carbogen in the management of paediatric non-convulsive status epilepticus. Epilepsy Research UK. £35k.

Senior editor,  Oxford Specialist Handbook of Paediatric Neurology 2007 (second edition in press). Oxford University Press.

Former National Training Adviser in Paediatric Neurology 2004-2010.