Dr.Richard E Appleton is a full-time NHS Consultant in Paediatric Neurology at Alder Hey and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Child Health at University of Liverpool, a post he's held since 1990.

His specific interests within paediatric neurology include epilepsy, movement disorders and the rehabilitation of children who have experienced traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries.

His medical undergraduate training was undertaken in the Universities of Oxford (Magdalen College) and London (Imperial College/Charing Cross Medical School), and his postgraduate training was predominantly in paediatrics (London, Newcastle, Plymouth and Bristol) and in paediatric neurology (Vancouver, Newcastle and Paris).

He has published six books on epilepsy and brain injuries for professionals, families and children. These include, Epilepsy: The Facts (two editions), Epilepsy and Your Child (two editions), An Atlas of Epilepsy (two editions), Epilepsy in Childhood and Adolescence (three editions), Junior Encyclopaedia of Epilepsy (book and CD), Hand in Hand: I have Epilepsy TooManagement of Brain Injured Children (two editions) and Common Neurological Problems in General Paediatrics. He has also co-designed, edited and contributed to four videos and CDs on the diagnosis and management of epilepsy in children and has published over 80 scientific papers on epilepsy and paediatric neurology.

In 1995, the Roald Dahl EEG Department achieved Epilepsy Team of the Year and he was honoured with the Hospital Doctor of the Year award. He remains actively involved in research in epilepsy and sleep disorders and has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research, Epilepsy Research UK, Epilepsy Action and the pharmaceutical industry. He is a professional adviser to Epilepsy Action (the UK’s leading charity for people with epilepsy, with whom he works very closely), Epilepsy Bereaved and the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

His medical goals include trying to improve the services of children with epilepsy, liaison between ‘mud huts’ and ‘ivory towers’ and education, education, education, as it applies to epilepsy and brain injury rehabilitation. In this context and with support from the Roald Dahl Foundation, he was able to establish the UK’s first nurse specialist post in paediatric epilepsy here at Alder Hey. With colleagues from the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, he established the first transitional epilepsy clinic, which ensures a smooth handover of young people with epilepsy from paediatric to adult care; this service continues to serve as a model for other units throughout the UK.

He is married to a paediatric occupational therapist/NIDCAP specialist and blessed with three children. His non-medical interests include theology, lay Readership in the Church of England, the study and painting of religious and surrealist art and the collection of die-cast model cars from the 1950‒60s.