Committee vacancies will be advertised annually and so any members wishing to get more actively involved should look out for details of these or contact the committee to register their interest.
CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Neuromuscular Committee Representative
Andrea graduated from Bradford Hospitals school of physiotherapy in 1991 and specialised in paediatrics from1993. She worked at Manchester and Liverpool Childrens Hospitals and in the community before doing a MSc in health practice. On completing her masters in 2001 Andrea undertook a 2-year research associate role.
The research was fascinating, but she missed hands on children’s physio so returned to community practice. Andrea has been working with the Lancashire and South Cumbria childrens neuromuscular team based in Preston since 2017. She is involved in DMD and SMA trials, has led regional training events and is working to improve services locally. Andrea is passionate about family centred care and improved transition. She is also a keen advocate of the International Classification of Function (ICF).
Lianne graduated in 2007 from the University of Southampton. She specialised in paediatrics in 2010 initially working in the community in both Essex and Portsmouth and then moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2012. She completed a rotation in neuromuscular in 2012 before specialising in this area in 2013 part time as well as also working part time in Haematology and Oncology.
Sarah is a specialist physiotherapist working in the Neuromuscular Team at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006, worked in a District General Hospital for three years and moved into paediatrics in 2009. The Neuromuscular physiotherapist post was new to RHC Glasgow and since joining the service in 2011, Sarah has worked to develop the role and in addition to clinical work is contributing to research.
She joined the APCP Neuromuscular Committee in January 2016.
Clare graduated in Edinburgh in 1982 and has worked at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children since 1985. She’s been community based for over 20 years and started the new post of Neuromuscular Specialist in August 2016. She provides clinical lead for the Neuromuscular Service at RHSC and in the community in the Lothian’s and works with colleagues in Fife and the Scottish Borders. She’s on the Steering and Paediatric Sub-Group of the Scottish Muscle Network and links with her physiotherapy counterparts in Glasgow and Highland region to promote best practise in the treatment of children and young people with neuromuscular conditions in Scotland.
Kate qualified at the University of Brighton and then worked in the South of England undertaking rotational jobs at and then specialising in paediatrics. In 2000 she moved to Swansea as a community paediatrics physiotherapist and then later took on the role as the neuromuscular physiotherapist for the South West Wales area.
Kate now works part time as a neuromuscular physiotherapist and part time in community paediatrics. Having the two roles allows her to assess in the NM clinic and then follow up for physiotherapy treatment of the neuromuscular patients in the community (in their homes, schools or the children’s centre).
Kate frequently teaches the Neuromuscular module for Year 2 physiotherapy students at Cardiff university. She finds this good however challenging, as it pushes her out of her ‘comfort zone’!
Bethan qualified form Bristol UWE in 2003 and has since worked for Cardiff & Vale UHB. She has worked in most areas of paediatric physiotherapy across the acute and community service. She specialised into acute neuro rehab and neuromuscular in 2008 and following a period of maternity leave, returned to just focus on neuromuscular services.
Bethan is based in The Children's Hospital for Wales, working as a NM specialist for South East Wales. Within her role, she is part of the NM clinics at the Children’s Hospital as well as outreach and school based clinics. Her role allows her to manage part of her caseload within the community as well as linking with the acute based services when NM patients are acutely admitted or have planned surgery. Bethan undertakes NM teaching for paediatric physiotherapists in South East Wales and student physiotherapists at Cardiff University. She is part of the Welsh Neuromuscular Network, working with consultants and care advisors across adult and paediatric services, to help develop and improve the NM services in Wales.
Bethan joined the APCP Neuromuscular Committee in January 2018.
Chair of Neuromuscular Committee
Rosanna Rabb qualified in 2001 and after doing her core junior rotation, specialised in paediatric physiotherapy in 2002. She then spent time working as a paediatric physiotherapist in London at the Hammersmith hospital (within the field of neuromuscular), St Marys Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She then worked in Birmingham community and Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 10 years before moving to Heartlands Hospital last year to specialise further with in the field of paediatric neuromuscular disease.
She is involved in research studies which are working to standardise disease management internationally, currently, FOR-DMD, jewel fish, SMA reach and vision
Victoria qualified as a physiotherapist in 2003, completed band 5 rotations at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and then moved to the Teenage Cancer Trust at UCLH in 2005. In 2006 she secured a rotational band 6 post at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2006, specialising in Neuromuscular Physiotherapy in 2009. In 2013 Victoria started her PhD at the Institute of Child Health 'developing adult and paediatric home based assessment to monitor fluctuations in symptoms of myasthenic conditions'.
Victoria is passionate about physiotherapy both clinical and academic with a special interest in neuromuscular conditions and most specifically myasthenia.
Julie Burslem trained in Newcastle and qualified in 1997. She specialised in Paediatrics in 2000 initally working at the Children's Hospital in Sheffield and then moving to the North of Scotland working in community in 2002. In July 2016 she started a new part time post in addition to her community remit as a neuromuscular specialist providing the clinical lead for Neuromuscular Services in the North of Scotland covering Grampian,Tayside, Highland, Orkney and Shetland. linking with colleagues in each locality.
She is on the Steering and Paediatric subgroups of the Scottish Muscle Network and links with colleagues in Glasgow and Edinburgh to promote best practice across Scotland.