Highly specialised Clinical Physiologist in Neurophysiology, Lindsay Henderson has joined Bespoke Healthcare on a consultancy basis to promote the company’s Intra-Operative Monitoring (IOM) service throughout the UK.
Henderson, from Edinburgh, received her BSc (Hons) in Clinical Physiology (Neuro) at Westminster College in 2006 and is employed at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.
She recently presented a paper entitled ‘Can Clinical Physiologists provide a safe, independent intra-operative monitoring (IOM) service in paediatric spine deformity surgery?’ at the 2010 British Scoliosis Society meeting. The audit of the Scottish National Paediatric Spine Deformity Service was chosen as Best Scientific Paper.
Since launching its IOM service in April 2010, Bespoke Healthcare, the leading independent provider of nerve conduction study tests for NHS hospitals throughout the UK, has provided IOM in excess of 150 operations as surgeons look to minimise risks during complex spine surgery.
Healthcare establishments including Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital, Hope Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have all commissioned the service, which provides surgeons with immediate feedback and warnings before permanent nerve injury has occurred.
Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEPs), Transcranial Electrical Motor Evoked Potential (TcMEP or MEP) and Electromyography (EMG) techniques have all been utilised, dependent upon the patients’ individual circumstances.
Gwam Rajiah, managing director of Bespoke Healthcare, said:
“There is a growing demand for IOM to become compulsory, but the problem is there are very few companies who have the technical expertise, equipment and correct legal documentation. We have all of these in place.
In the last 16 months we have delivered our service seamlessly throughout England and Wales and we will continue to concentrate on these markets, but we will also look to introduce ourselves into Scotland where there is no IOM service provision whatsoever.
To have someone with the experience, knowledge and drive of Lindsay to help promote our IOM service is a coup for the business, and we will look to grow and continue to raise the importance of IOM.”
Founded in 2006, Bespoke Healthcare has seen over 12,000 patients for leading healthcare establishments nationwide including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust.