Area of Expertise: Physio Consultant
Sue qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1986 and developed her career in Acute Trauma and Orthopaedics. She became a Superintendent Physiotherapist in the NHS specialising in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 1993. She moved to her current post as Superintendent/ Lead Clinical Specialist physiotherapist in the London Spinal Cord Injuries Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust, Stanmore in 1993. She continues to work in this role part time in the NHS.
Her NHS work in one of the National Spinal Cord Injury Centres provides comprehensive experience working with adults and children with spinal cord injury, from the acute stage immediately post injury through the early rehabilitation and onto reintegration back into the community. She also has experience working with peripheral nerve injury and brachial plexus management, as well as diverse skills in working with complex musculo-skeletal conditions.
Working in an internationally renowned specialist research hospital, Sue Paddison is actively involved in cutting edge developmental practice and research in order to support the evidence-based service. She works in an interdisciplinary culture based on a patient focused goal planning approach.?Earlier career experience as a Senior Physiotherapist included: neuro-rehabilitation, complex paediatric care, chronic and acute musculo-skeletal management, acute trauma management, complex diverse specialist orthopaedic management, rehabilitation, Intensive Care and respiratory management.
Sue has regular commitments to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has lectured nationally and internationally to diverse professional groups, as well as presenting papers at conferences and meetings relevant to her specialist field. She has published chapters in several Neurological Physiotherapy textbooks. Her main area of research and specialist interest is in Functional Electrical Stimulation in neurological rehabilitation. She is currently involved in a research project involving this technology.
Sue also acts as an Expert Witness in the physiotherapy management of spinal cord injuries. She has extensive experience in preparing medico-legal reports for the Court and immediate needs physiotherapy reports for medico-legal purposes. She receives well balanced percentages of instruction for this work on behalf of the Claimant, the Defendant and Single Joint Expert.
Sue is a member of several clinical interest groups to support her specialist role including the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN), Multi-Disciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP), Association of Orthopaedic Chartered Physiotherapists (AOCP) and The International Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapists Network (ISCIPT Network).