Dr Frances O’Brien



GMC number: 4046242

Practising since: 1993

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  • Monthly - Tuesday morning
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Dr Frances O'Brien is a Consultant Neonatologist (a Paediatrician and specialist in newborn babies) with a long-standing interest in early child development. She deals with most medical conditions in infants (up to 1 year) as well as developmental assessment of children up to 3 years of age. 

Frances studied medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, University of London; after paediatric training in London, she undertook a period of research (1997-2001) and was awarded an Action Research Fellowship in Neonatology at University College London; she completed Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics, specialising in Neonatology and has worked as a consultant at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2009.  

Having undertaken a period of research investigating mechanisms and prevention of perinatal brain injury and neurodevelopmental outcomes of prematurity in childhood and adolescence, Frances continues to have a research interest; she is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Oxford currently supervising a PhD student evaluating a standardised neurodevelopmental screening tool for all children born preterm. 

Frances is the President of the British Association for Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-up. 

Special interests

Any medical problem up to 1 year old 
Infant and child development assessment, 0-3 years old

Languages spoken


Treatments and tests offered by Dr Frances O’Brien at Nuffield Health

  • Paediatric medicine

Locations Dr Frances O’Brien works with


    Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

    01865 307777
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Related experience




  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Neonatal Society
  • British Association for Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up (President) 
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Neonatal Perioperative Interest Group UK&I (founder)

Other posts held

  • Consultant Neonatologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Frances O’Brien does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Dr Frances O’Brien does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Dr Frances O’Brien does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.