Diarmaid is chair of the NSN. He is an Advanced MSK practitioner and non-medical prescriber. He helped develop the North of England Regional Low Back pain programme. He sits on the UKSSB board and non-medical representative on NHS England BestMSKHealth collaborative Spinal workstream. MSK Co-Chair of NorthEast and North Cumbria ICS. He is a VersusArthritis champion and a non-medical member of the Primary Care Rheumatology musculoskeletal medicine Society PCRMM. He has special interest in persistent pain, and using a bio psychosocial approach to help people with persistent back pain.
Mrs Suzanne McIlroy
King's College Hospital, South East London and Kent Regional Spinal Network
I am a postdoctoral physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal care, with a particular interest in the management of patients with degenerative spinal and joint conditions.
My clinical work has focused on musculoskeletal care in the community setting in Leeds since 2002, and I have practiced as a spinal advanced practice physiotherapist in the Leeds Community spinal assessment and treatment service for several years. I have recently moved from clinical work into a new role as MSK Clinical education lead at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Service.
I developed an interest in clinical research focusing on non-operative management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in 2006, and completed my PhD with the University of Leeds in 2012 funded by Arthritis Research UK. An HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship award has allowed me to continue my postgraduate research over the last 3 years, and I was awarded an Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship by the University of Leeds in recognition of contributions to clinical and academic leadership in 2018. I have also been Allied Health Professionals Research Champion for Yorkshire since my appointment by the NIHR and CAHPR in 2018. As part of this role, I am actively involved in encouraging and supporting Allied Health Professionals’ postgraduate development in clinical research roles.
I am an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in a consultant led Spinal Service, and have been in the role for 11 years. I have been a non medical prescriber for 10 years and I have a particular interest in prescribing for spinal pain.
I was always very interested in the surgical end of the spinal pathway. As I get older I am increasingly interested in pathways as I realise on one person or professional group has all the answers. This is why I am so enthusiastic about the role of the National Spine Network.
Mrs Elaine Robinson
AQP and Private Representative and Secondary Care Representative for the Wessex Region
Ramsay New Hall Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire - Wessex Region and Peninsular Region
I'm interested in really trying to explore the needs, beliefs and preferences of patients to help facilitate their decision making regarding their options, using the evidence base as guidance. Primarily I'm referring patients for spinal injections or surgery, but I'm also passionate about helping patients to understand their pain, prognosis and diagnosis and helping them to define realistic expectations for the various options they may have. I believe we have a significant role to play in health promotion.
I am the AQP/Private Rep and the Secondary Care Rep. I've very happy to be contacted using the details I've provided.
I graduated in 1999 from University of Ulster, Belfast and started work in Musgrave Park Hospital in the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust in 2000. I have held my current post since 2009. My job is interesting and diverse, involving a mix of spinal orthopaedic clinics, physiotherapy and service development projects.
I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in a Triage and Treat Practitioner role. I have been in this post for 7 years, however prior to this I was a Spinal SCP. Ten years ago I set up and continue to run a Nurse Led Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection / Nerve Root Block service. I am also a teaching member of our 3 week residential Combined Physical and Psychological Programme.
About the NSN
The National Spine Network (NSN) is an active multi-professional collaboration dedicated to the implementation of the best evidence for the management of spinal disorders through the National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway. The strength of the network lies with its members, learning from each other’s vast cumulative knowledge and experience to promote excellence in clinical care.