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Mr C Barrett


Mr C Barrett




Complex spinal neurosurgery: spinal tumours, spinal trauma, degenerative spinal conditions, minimal access techniques. Healthcare Law and Medical Ethics.


Consultant Neurosurgeon, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust,
Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Trust.


MBChB (Honours), LLM (Healthcare Law and Ethics), FRCSGlasg (Neuro.Surg)


Society of British Neurological Surgeons,
British Association of Spinal Surgeons,
The Spine Society of Europe.

Professional Profile

Chris Barrett qualified in Medicine with honours from the University of Glasgow in 1999. After house jobs, he spent a year as a demonstrator in human anatomy at Glasgow University before commencing basic surgical training in the West of Scotland. After obtaining the MRCS qualification, he spent a further year as an experienced senior house officer in neurosurgery at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow. He undertook higher neurosurgical training in Newcastle and Middlesbrough from 2005-2010, obtaining the FRCS(Neuro.Surg) in October 2009. After a year as a spinal fellow in Liverpool, working with both orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal specialists, he was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon with an interest in complex spinal surgery in January 2011. He was awarded the degree of LLM with merit in Healthcare Law and Ethics from the University of Dundee in September 2011.

Research Interests

Spinal localisation techniques,
Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Lead investigator for proposed trial of nerve root block versus microdiscectomy in acute sciatica.

Research publications (selected):

Coil embolisation of intercostal artery for operative localisation of spinal dural arterio-venous fistulae C. Barrett, V. Jayakrishnan, A. Gholkar, N.V. Todd British Journal of Neurosurgery, June 2009; 23(3):332-4.

Intra-operative MRI-assisted spinal localization Barrett C, English P, Evans J, Mitra D, Todd NV Acta Neurochir (Wien), 2010 Apr; 152(4): 669-73. Epub 2009 Oct 20.

Other Appointments

The Walton Centre Trust Lead for Consent Issues,
The Walton Centre Neurosurgical Lead for Clinical Risk.