The neuromuscular disease multidisciplinary service includes access to neurology, neurophysiology, muscle and nerve biopsy, neuropathology, cardiology, respiratory care, genetics, physiotherapy, neuromuscular care advisor, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics and wheelchairs & seating.
The main neuromuscular clinic is held on a Wednesday afternoon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. There are Tertiary MDT clinics for myasthenia gravis, motor neurone disorders, hereditary spastic paraparesis, neuropathy, acquired myopathy, muscular dystrophies and small fibre neuropathy.
The Care Advisor also runs separate community clinics.
There are dedicated neuromuscular clinics in the Inherited Cardiac Conditions service and in the Respiratory service.
There is a joint transition clinic with the paediatric service where both paediatric and adult Neurologists attend as well as Specialist Physiotherapists and Care Advisors. The Young person and their parents /carers can meet the adult team and ask any questions before their first appointment in the adult service.
How to access the service
The service accepts referrals to the Neurologists via GP or other hospital Doctor.
Patients from South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire can self-refer for specialist physiotherapy.
Professor Christopher McDermott
Professor McDermott is a Consultant Neurologist, with a special interest in MND and neuromuscular disorders, and a Co-Director of the Sheffield MND Care and Research Centre. He runs weekly specialist clinics (Tuesday and Wednesday) for the diagnosis, treatment and care of people living with neuromuscular disorders. He has specific expertise in motor neuron disorders, myopathies, neuropathies and myasthenia gravis amongst others. He is the Professor of Translational Neurology and head of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield and is leading research projects on improving symptomatic management for patients with neuromuscular diseases and national clinical trials in neuromuscular disorders.
Dr Channa Hewamdduma
Doctor Channa Hewamadduma is a consultant neurologist with specialist interest in a broad spectrum of neuromuscular disorders such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Muscular dystrophies, neuropathies, Hereditary spastic paraparesis (HSP) and Motor neurone disease. He is the Co-chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Neuromuscular Network and a key committee member of the Adult DMD care guidance development committee. He leads clinical trials in several neuromuscular disorders including Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, and HSP at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Dr Tom Jenkins
Dr Tom Jenkins is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, Consultant Neurologist and Co-Director of the Sheffield MNDA Care Centre. He obtained his degree in Medicine at the University of Manchester in 1999, and his PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from University College, London in 2010. He leads the MSc in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield. His clinical and research interest is in neuromuscular disease and he is Principal Investigator for several ongoing research studies in motor neuron disease.
Pippa qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2002 and has worked in the community for the majority of her career, specialising in neurology and supporting patients to manage the challenges of living with long term conditions. She has worked as a Care Advisor on the Neuromuscular team since 2015.
Pippa can provide support and information on your neuromuscular condition and any aspect of daily life which may be affected. You can get in touch with Pippa on 0114 2713441 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical specialist physiotherapist in neuromuscular disorders
Katie qualified as a physiotherapist in 2008. She has worked in acute neurology for most of her career at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital helping people with new neurological diagnosis and rehabilitation.
Katie joined the neuromuscular team in 2015 as a clinical specialist physiotherapist in neuromuscular disorders. Katie assists patients with these long term conditions helping them to self-manage, understand their condition, prevent falls, live a healthy lifestyle, exercise safely and access the correct help and support in the community. You can get in touch with Katie on 0114 226 5988.
Specialist Neuromuscular Physiotherapist
Lindsay Maidment is a Specialist Neuromuscular Physiotherapist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. She obtained a BSc with Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 and has specialised in the area of neurological physiotherapy since 2015 with a key interest in neuromuscular disorders. She has also undertaken MSc level study at Sheffield Hallam University.
Clinics are held at Sheffield
- Multidisciplinary clinic
- Respiratory care
- Joint transition clinics
- Joint clinic for DMD patients