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Sue Paddison M.C.S.P – Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Spinal Cord Injuries

Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Spinal Cord Injuries

We welcome Sue Paddison to Neuro News, who will be sharing her knowledge and experience with us.

Currently employed as Lead Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in the London Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust, Stanmore, having commenced this role in 1993. Sue now works in this NHS role part time.

The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre is one of the national specialists Spinal Cord Injury Centres; offering broad experience working with adults and children with spinal cord injury, from the acute stage immediately post injury through the early rehabilitation and onto reintegration back into the community. The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospitals in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and worldwide. It provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, with a broad range of services that is unique within the NHS. As a national centre of excellence, the specialist units provide wider experience working with peripheral nerve injury and brachial plexus management. 

Patients benefit from access to ASPIRE leisure centre, which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people. Teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by the work in research and development and academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

Sue is involved in cutting edge developmental practice and research in order to support the evidence-based service. Working in an interdisciplinary culture based on a patient focused goal planning approach, also having regular commitments to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Sue has lectured nationally and internationally to diverse professional groups, as well as presenting papers at conferences and meetings relevant to my specialist field.

She claims her main area of research and specialist interest is in Functional Electrical Stimulation in neurological rehabilitation

She has published chapters in several Neurological Physiotherapy textbooks. She claims her main area of research and specialist interest is in Functional Electrical Stimulation in neurological rehabilitation and is currently involved in a research project involving this technology and which she has recently won an award for a scientific poster related to this work. She has worked with a colleague over the last year, to develop a training package on behalf of Handicap International and UK Aid. They have created a practical skills training day as well as presentations and patient information leaflets. The teaching package contributes to a comprehensive programme of training for UK professionals who will work in humanitarian settings following conflict and disaster. Sue also works as a consultant physiotherapist with the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation charity to support spinal cord injured players in their on-going care in the community.

Sue is a member of a highly specialist multidisciplinary team, Complex Neurological

Consulting, providing holistic assessment of spinal cord injured individuals, following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation.

She believes that it is important to provide opportunities to explore new technologies and developments that will be of benefit to our patients, in their life long physical management. 

She acts as an expert witness in the medico-legal context, providing reports in the physiotherapy management of spinal cord injuries and peripheral nerve injuries.

She is also a member of several clinical interest groups to support her specialist role including the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN), Multi-Disciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP), Association of Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (AOCP) and The International Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapists Network (ISCIPT Network). Sue is also the Chair of the UK & Eire Spinal Cord Injury Therapy Leads (SCITLs)

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