UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


PACES tutor biographies

Dr Gordon Plant, MA, MD, FRCP, FRCOphth


Dr Gordon Plant was appointed Consultant Neurologist to Queen Square, St Thomas' Medical Eye Unit and Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1991. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Ophthalmologists. Gordon has been an enthusiastic educator at all levels throughout his career. The Queen Square PACES course was his brain child and he has taught on every course since its inauguration in 1995. He is in demand for teaching and lecturing worldwide, has given many named lectures and been awarded numerous medals and visiting professorships. He was voted best speaker at the 2016 European Academy of Neurology conference in Copenhagen. His interest and experience in Neuro-Ophthalmology ensures that the Ophthalmic component of the course is taught at a high level and the case mix reflects that likely to be encountered in MRCP PACES.

Dr Tabish Saifee, MRCP, PhD


Dr Saifee is co-director of the Queen Square PACES course. He is a Consultant Neurologist at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, where he runs an outpatient and inpatient service for patients with movement disorders. He is also a Consultant Neurologist at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust where he runs a Neurology service seeing patients with all neurological disorders.
He has a very active role in Neurology postgraduate education including teaching at Part 1, 2 and PACES for 10 years. He has been awarded multiple prizes for his teaching including UCL Top Teacher of the Year award in consecutive years and UCL Bedside Teacher of the Year award. He is very approachable and consistently receives excellent feedback.

Professor Simon Mead, FRCP, PhD


Graduating from Oxford University in 1994, Simon Mead is a Consultant Neurologist and Professor of Neurology at UCL. An enthusiastic mentor and teacher, Simon leads the Integrated Academic Training programmes at UCL in neurology and neurosurgery. He has taught on the PACES course at Queen Square for more than 10 years.

Dr Katie Sidle, MRCP

Dr Sidle is a consultant neurologist specializing in the field of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). She is the Co-Director of the NHNN MND Association Regional Care and Research Centre for patients with MND and she is responsible for the care of patients with MND in a weekly MND clinic. She has a background in molecular genetics and is an Honorary Senior lecturer in the neighbouring Institute of Neurology where she is currently researching on disease mechanisms in MND.


Dr Orlando Swayne

Dr Orlando Swayne was appointed as a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in 2013. He provides neurology care and is a consultant on the Neurorehabilitation unit of the NHNN, and consults also at Northwick Park Hospital. He studied medicine at Cambridge University and at the Royal Free Hospital, completed a Neuroscience PhD at UCL, and a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in the US. He has authored numerous journal papers on brain plasticity, stroke recovery and other topics.

Orlando Swayne

Dr Michael Flower, MRCP, FHEA, PhD

Dr Michael Flower

Dr Michael Flower is an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology. He has been on the Royal College of Physicians Clinical Exam Board, which oversees PACES, as wells their Academic Management Committee and PACES 2020 group, which are steering changes in the MRCP exams. He joined the QS PACES teaching faculty as the Senior Fellow in 2019.