The South West Neuromuscular Operational Delivery Network (SWNODN) employs three Paediatric Neuromuscular Physiotherapists and three Adult Neuromuscular Physiotherapists. The Neuromuscular Physiotherapists attend paediatric, transition and adult neuromuscular clinics around the region, providing specialist advice and support to patients, families and carers. They are also a valuable resource for advising, supporting and training local teams in various aspects of the specific physiotherapy assessment and management of neuromuscular conditions. Community Physiotherapists are always very welcome to attend specialist neuromuscular clinics along with their patients. The Neuromuscular Physiotherapists will liaise with Community Physiotherapists about their patients as necessary, but especially before and after a clinic visit.
Our Neuromuscular Physiotherapists may attend home or school visits, as required, with a Neuromuscular Advisor and can offer ongoing advice and support to patients and their families to help them deal with the physical challenges of a neuromuscular condition.
Southmead Hospital Bristol
Nicola Grose (nee Doran)
Nicki graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Southampton in 2002. She has worked in several areas of physiotherapy at North Bristol Trust and within the community for North Somerset Community Services. This work included intensive input after a hospital admission and facilitating patients in the community to continue self-management. She joined the SW Neuromuscular ODN in February 2011 and covers the northern part of the South West region working with adults with a neuromuscular condition.
Nicki’s experience in hospitals and the community, together with her neurology and rehabilitation knowledge, gives her a great understanding of the mobility and functional difficulties of people living with a neuromuscular condition. She has developed a holistic, flexible and patient-led service and works with a multi-disciplinary team providing a service for adults and patients in transition from paediatric to adult neuromuscular services to facilitate a seamless transfer.
Her overall objective is to ensure people living with a neuromuscular condition feel empowered, informed and able to maximise their independence with the guidance from the Neuromuscular team working jointly with their local therapy services.
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Faye joined the SW Neuromuscular ODN as a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist in January 2019.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Janet is a Specialist Neuromuscular Physiotherapist for adults in Cornwall.
Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro
Jackie Watson joined the SW Neuromuscular ODN as a Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist in January 2017.
Derriford Hospital Plymouth
Claire is the SW Neuromuscular ODN Paediatric Specialist Physiotherapist for patients in Devon.
Mount Gould Hospital Plymouth
Georgina works as the SW Neuromuscular ODN Specialist Physiotherapist for patients in Devon.