Richard Hayward

Prof Richard Hayward is a Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 1981.

Professor Richard Hayward was appointed Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon to GOSH in 1981 and in 2004 became the UK’s first Professor of Paediatric Neurosurgery (University College London - UCL).

Since 1994 he has held the appointment of Honorary Consultant Emeritus to The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

Clinical practice

In addition to GOSH, he has also held consultant positions at St Mary’s Hospital and medical school (now part of Imperial College), London; The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London; and King Edward VII  Hospital London. He has also served as civilian consultant neurosurgeon in The Royal Air Force.

He formally retired from regular clinical practice in 2010 but has since worked part-time as Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon at GOSH.


His specialist interest within paediatric neurosurgery has been the management of children born with congenital craniofacial disorders and in particular those associated with craniosynostosis (the premature closure of the sutures of the skull vault). 

Research interests

Prof Hayward provides expert opinion on medical negligence issues for both defendants and plaintiffs.

For further information please contact:


Bianca Fraser

Prof Hayward's NHS PA

Tel: 020 74059200 ext 8862