Fairhurst, Charlie

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Consultant in paediatric neurodisability

Charlie Fairhurst - consultant in children's neurodisability

Area of expertise: children's physical neurodisability, movement disorders.


Dr Charlie Fairhurst is head of children's neurosciences at Evelina London.

He works in a number of specialist teams involved in the management of children with motor difficulties, in particular cerebral palsy. In combination with our orthopaedic teams and gait analysis laboratory, they ensure that children are provided with comprehensive movement therapy at all ages and stages of ability.

Charlie is very experienced in the management of these difficulties, in particular the use of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox) in this group of children, to improve upper and lower limb function, comfort, care, and reduce saliva loss. He is the UK representative on a number of international working parties and is currently the chair of the national NICE guidelines in cerebral palsy.

He sits on the executive boards of the British Academy of Childhood Disability and the British Paediatric Neurology Association and is the chair of the RCPCH’s Specialist Advisory Committee on Neurodisability.

Charlie is a trustee of Whizz-Kidz and works closely with a large number of other charities that work to support children and their families.

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Education and training

Dr Fairhurst trained at the London Hospital, before completing specialist training across the Thames region, focusing on children's neurology and the development of neurodisability.

He has been a consultant since 1998 and currently coordinates national training for neurodisability doctors at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Specialist interests

  • children with cerebral palsy – particularly how to reduce pain and discomfort and improve function, care and quality of life
  • other children’s congenital and acquired movement disorders
  • assessment and management of upper and lower limb difficulties
  • management of saliva control problems.

Research interests

  • medical and therapeutic intervention in movement disorders
  • acquired and congenital brain injury
  • care and quality of life in children with physical neurodisability
  • uses of Botulinum Toxin A in children
  • saliva control in children and young people.


  • 2005: Finalist in the Evening Standard Top Doctors Award
  • 2009: American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine Award
  • 2010: British Paediatric Neurology Association Award.




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