Dr Helen Ford

Dr Helen Ford


I am a Consultant Neurologist and Clinical Lead for the West Yorkshire Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Programme at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. I was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Leeds and Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Neurosciences in 1998.  In 2015 I was appointed as Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds.

I am the Research Lead for Neurosciences at Leeds Teaching Hospitals. This group includes the research teams in Neurology, Stroke, Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery and Pain services. 





  • Research Lead for Neurosciences, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

Research interests

My research interests are in multiple sclerosis (MS) with original research in the epidemiology of MS; patient-reported outcome measures including quality of life, symptom impact and work instability; novel techniques to assess upper limb function; clinical trials; employment and treatment decision making.

My ambition is for every person with MS to be offered the opportunity to participate in high quality research. I have championed research across all stages of the MS disease course. We have research opportunities from early diagnosis, treatment decision-making, employment, upper limb functional assessment and clinical trials. The trial portfolio includes comparison of treatment strategies in treatment-naïve patients, novel remyelinating add-on therapies and new disease modifying treatments in relapsing-remitting MS, primary and secondary progressive MS. I have established Leeds as a key site for multi-centre investigator-led trials in MS.


  • MD Epidemiology of multiple sclerosis
  • FRCP
  • MBChB Hons
  • BSc

Professional memberships

  • Association of British Neurologists
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • International Headache Society
  • Multiple Sclerosis Academy

Student education

Undergraduate: I teach, assess and examine on the MBChB course.

Postgraduate: PhD and MD supervisor; Clinical and Educational supervisor for Neurology Specialty trainees; Consultant mentor; Faculty member of the MS Academy providing multi-professional education in MS

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research
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