Service expansion drives recruitment
With the McArdle clinic now following over 220 patients, approval has been given for the appointment of a clinical fellow to support the service. This will be somebody from the fields of Neurology or Inherited Metabolic disease.
The successful applicant will support the National Highly Specialized Service for McArdle disease and related disorders, which is commissioned by NHS in England.
Clinical Fellow to join specialist team
The service is based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, part of UCLH, in Queen Square, London. It looks after more than 220 patients from around the UK with rare metabolic muscle conditions. The Clinical Fellow will join a highly specialized multi-disciplinary team including: consultant in neuromuscular disease, clinical nurse specialist, physiotherapist, dietitian, clinical psychologist and exercise physiologist.
Supporting research as well as clinical work
The post will also support the research aspects of the Service, including prospective natural history audit and deep phenotyping of patients with rare muscle glycogen storage disorders, searching for new genetic causes of acute rhabdomyolysis using NGS panels, whole exome and genome sequencing and co-ordination of clinical trials.
This is a really important development to secure and expand the service. It has been located in Queen Square since 2011, having originally been in Oswestry. In recent years it has been difficult to schedule follow-up appointments as frequently as patients would like, and hopefully this will now be addressed.