Muscle team receive prestigious Centre of Clinical Excellence status

Release Date: 12/09/2019

Muscle team receive prestigious Centre of Clinical Excellence status

The Neuromuscular team at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) have been officially recognised as a Centre of Clinical Excellence by Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) at a special award ceremony.

The team – made up of Consultants, Nurses, Physiotherapists, a Clinical Psychologist and an administration team – treat children and adults with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions.

Rob Burley, Director of Campaigns, Care and Support at MDUK, presented the award to Consultant Paediatric Neurologist Professor Tracey Willis and the team.

The Neuromuscular team won the award for their work around:

  • Improving palliative care.
  • Supporting patients and their families in the West Midlands by organising a family fun day alongside MDUK at West Midlands Safari Park.
  • Improving psychological support for people with a muscle-wasting condition with Professor Willis and Dr Yvette Easthope-Mowatt, Clinical Psychologist, being part of MDUK’s Mental Health Matters steering group.

Professor Willis said: “I’m thrilled we’ve been awarded as a Centre of Clinical Excellence and it’s really a reflection on the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

“We work with patients whose conditions are chronic and lifelong, and the team do everything they can to help those patients enjoy life, rather than being held back by their condition.

“This recognition also allows our patients to know that we are always trying to improve the service we provide them and we’re actively involved with research and trials to make advances in treatments.”

Rob Burley said: “We would like to congratulate RJAH which has deservedly been awarded Centre of Clinical Excellence status.”

Mr Owen Paterson, North Shropshire MP, said: “Its great news to hear about this achievement of the neuromuscular team at RJAH.

“Their partnership working with neuromuscular clinical networks and palliative care services as well as the clinical psychology provision offered is reflective of the high quality care provided to their patients.”

Photo caption: Rob Burley presenting the award to Professor Tracey Willis alongside her colleagues in the Neuromuscular team and their patients. 

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