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West Yorkshire gains first specialist neuromuscular physio

2 December 2014 - 10:51am

Specialised care is now available in West Yorkshire for people with conditions such as muscular dystrophy, after commissioners appointed the region’s first specialist neuromuscular physiotherapist.


Eleanor Butler: West Yorkshire's first specialist neuromuscular physiotherapist - photo: Bradford Telegraph & Argus /

Eleanor Butler took up her post in October after funding was agreed by the 10 West Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups. Her appointment by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS trust follows a lengthy campaign by consultant neurologist Mark Busby and local charities to improve therapy services for patients with neuromuscular conditions.

Ms Butler is based at St Luke’s hospital in Bradford, but is supporting physio teams across West Yorkshire.

She told Frontline: ‘It’s early days and I am currently evaluating what services provide and how I can best support them. My hope is that together we can create a more coordinated therapy service from diagnosis to palliative care, because at the moment services vary greatly across the region.

‘Hopefully, I will be able to demonstrate the value of my post and that this will make it easier for other trusts to get funding for neuromuscular physiotherapists,’ she added.

Dr Busby, speaking to the Telegraph and Argus newspaper, said: ‘The addition of Eleanor to our regional team, as someone who has a real specialist physiotherapist knowledge of a variety of really good therapies which will help our patients, is a real bonus and will add to the patient experience of many across the region.’

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