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David Henderson Slater

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Dr David Henderson Slater MA PGCE MB ChB MRCGP MRCPsych MPH

Consultant in Neurological Disability and Clinical Lead

Special interests: All aspects of care of patients with long term, debilitating neurological illnesses. In particular:

  • the care of people with behavioural disturbance and neuro-psychiatric problems
  • management and assessment of patients after amputation
  • management of phantom pain and other forms of neuropathic pain

Dr Henderson Slater read History at the University of Cambridge, worked as a schoolteacher and then served as an Education and Training Officer in the RAF. He recently completed an MA in English Literature at London University.

He qualified as a doctor from Bristol University in 1989.  After house jobs he returned to the RAF, qualifying as a GP. He was medical officer to the Jungle and Winter Survival Courses. He left the RAF with the rank of Squadron Leader.

He was a GP research fellow at Birmingham University, then trained in Psychiatry at Oxford, reaching Senior Registrar level before returning to physical medicine and training in Neurological Rehabilitation on the Oxford rotation. He was appointed to a consultant post at the Oxford Centre for Enablement in 2004.

Dr Henderson Slater is involved in research collaborations with FMRIB (Functional MRI of the Brain) looking into the management of phantom pain, the treatment of visual neglect after stroke, and the role of sleep in motor learning after stroke and head injury. He also collaborates with the Oxford University Department of Engineering in the design of an upper limb “intelligent” prosthesis for use in the developing world.  He has a particular interest in the representation of illness and disability in the arts, and the use of the arts in training medical professionals.

Dr Henderson Slater runs the Special Study Module 'Models and Meanings' for University of Oxford medical students, a four week placement in which students combine ward work at the Oxford Centre for Enablement with study of literary, pictorial and media representations of illness and disability. He teaches undergraduates on disability and medicine.

Medically his particular areas of interest include the management of neuropsychiatric problems after neurological injury or illness, the management of phantom pain, rehabilitation after chronic pain and illness and vocational rehabilitation. 

He has been closely involved in the reform of Incapacity Benefit, as a medical adviser to the Department of Work and Pensions.  He is on the Ethics committee of the young people's hospice, Helen House, and is a Trustee of the Friends of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.