Headaches and Dizziness – A Neurologist’s Perspective

Headaches are among the most common causes of patient anxiety and of consultations in primary care. In the first half of this talk Dr Ben Turner, Consultant Neurologist, will review the different causes of headaches. These include headaches that are potentially dangerous, such as those caused by meningitis, cerebral thrombosis or brain tumour. Dr Turner will discuss how to recognise and differentiate between these more sinister headaches, offering his advice on how to spot red flags in clinic. Dr Turner will suggest a sensible approach to the diagnosis, investigation and management of various types of headache.

In the second half of the evening, Dr Turner will move on to discuss dizziness. Dizziness is often due to a problem with the inner ear, but the sensation of dizziness – which can be unpleasant and disturbing – can come from the brain itself. This talk will cover the crucial questions to ask a dizzy patient, the important parts of the examination and the red flags to pick up on. We will discuss how abnormalities in specific areas of the brain that deal with balance or integration of vision can cause dizziness. Dr Turner will offer his advice on how the dizzy patient can be treated; from simple manual therapy manoeuvres (such as the Epley’s head manoeuvre) to medication.  


Session 1 – Headaches

  • Classification of headaches
  • Dangerous pain and red flags
  • What are the causes?
  • Up-to-date treatment approaches
Session 2 – Dizziness
  • Dizziness – inner ear or brain?
  • Examination and red flags
  • Rehabilitation and treatment options


Ben Turner

Consultant Neurologist | London Central

Dr Ben Turner is a highly experienced Consultant Neurologist. He was appointed to St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London NHS Hospitals in 2003. An Honorary Senior Lecturer for his research work and publications in Multiple Sclerosis and other Neurological Conditions, such as Headache and Dizziness. Private patients are seen at London Bridge Hospital, Old Broad Street Clinic, The London Clinic, and The BUPA Cromwell Hospital.

Dr Turner has a particular interest in headache, notably migraine and dizziness. More than one in five people suffer from migraine making it one of the most common disabling conditions, according to the World Health Organisation and yet it remains under-recognised.

Dr Turner is also actively involved in research into Multiple Sclerosis, particularly clinical research into new therapies, and has over 20 years clinical trial experience. He is Chief UK and Principal Investigator for several phase III clinical treatment trials and leads the HSCT stem cell therapy programs for MS at Bart’s Health NHS Trust. Through this work Dr Turner has an extensive knowledge and experience in the full range of disease modifying therapies available to MS patients.

As an NHS consultant in a busy London Teaching Hospital, Dr Turner has two decades of experience in the full range of neurological conditions, caring for patients suffering from daily complaints such as headache and dizziness as well as life threatening conditions such as TB meningitis.

Dr Turner is Clinical and Educational Lead of Neurology for Barts Health NHS Trust, As Clinical lead Dr Turner manages the Neurology department and helps develop its role in a large London Teaching Hospital, providing for one the most ethnically rich but economically poor areas of the UK. As Educational lead Dr Turner oversees the training of junior doctors both locally and nationally.

What's included

Admission to course, 2 hours CPD, speaker's handout, tea and coffee on arrival, light sandwich buffet during interval and a Certificate of Attendance.

Who should attend

Chiropractors,Osteopaths,Physiotherapists,Sports Therapists,Occupational Therapists,GP

Date and time

Thursday 12th September

19:00 - 21:00


Ben Turner

Consultant Neurologist


London Bridge Hotel

London Bridge Street, London



£ 39 + VAT


13 spaces available

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