eReaders for Retinitis Pigmentosa

Molly Watt is a plucky and engaging 19yr old with Usher syndrome.  I got to know her through her parents who run a charity for Usher syndrome and my interest was aroused by their idea for a "Kindle bank" and by Molly's artwork.  Usher syndrome causes both deafness and blindness and my department sometimes sees patients who are thought to have it to look for retinitis pigmentosa.

Cookies - New EU law and this Website

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. (Wikipaedia). It may also be stored as a file on the user's hard disk.

Under new EU data protection laws, websites must tell users that they are using cookies and obtain their consent to do so. At the time of writing there remains considerable confusion about what this should mean.

Robin G Willison 1925 - 2012

Dr Robin Gow Willison, formerly Senior Lecturer in Neurology and head of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Hospital, Queen Square, died on 18th February 2012.

Email glitch 12th Nov 2011

Apologies to anyone who received duplicate copies of the STP and PTP curriculum messages today. A software "improvement" happened which I had to reverse.

Festschrift for Professor Roberto Guiloff

You are warmly invited to a Festschrift to mark the retirement of Professor Roberto Guiloff on Friday 17th June 2011. There is no charge for the academic day but lunch will be provided to those who confirm attendance. Details and costs of the evening reception will be sent on request.

Modernising Scientific Careers

Modernising Scientific Careers is a DoH programme led by the Chief Scientific Officer of the DoH to overhaul the career structure of all the scientists in the NHS. The original information page has been archived and there is no longer a single jumping off point for further information. Searching produces several documents of interest.

An NHS Network has been set up which will host all published MSC curricula . This Network is an open network that anyone can view, no membership or passwords needed.

Currently the 5 PTP curricula are available and PTP Training Manuals and STPs will follow shortly.

Synergy Users Group

Dear Colleagues

I have at various times tried to persuade the several commercial owners of the Synergy EMG / EP / IOM machine to set up a discussion forum so that we can share problems. This has not happened.

Coming back on the train from Bristol last week, Arup seemed interested in this idea - so I have hosted it as a start. I am willing to let any doctor or CNP in , as well as employees of Carefusion. It will be a private forum to start with, so other manufacturers cannot "spy" on it. 

Association of Trainees in Clinical Neurophysiology

Membership of the ATCN is open to all UK Clinical Neurophysiology Trainees and is free.

Because of the small number of Clinical Neurophysiology trainees there are no regional Calman days. As such we meet at three national training days each year that always occur the day before the British Society For Clinical Neurophysiology (BSCN) scientific meeting.

ST3 Post in Cardiff

An St3 Post has been advertised in Cardiff.

If you know anyone who might be interested please direct them to

If they would like to speak to local doctors, please call Drs Heath/Thomas/Payne on 02920 743194 excluding Tuesdays for further information.




Gareth Payne

Data Security Standards for EMG and EEG Recording Machines in transit

There is a risk to data confidentiality when recording machines are exchanged between hospital departments and manufacturers. This has been known about in the corporate IT world for years, but it is perhaps not so familiar in our world. I hope to use this forum to develop a common approach to this problem between clinicians and our equipment manufacturers.With the focus on service quality coming soon to the NHS this is an area for which we need agreed standards.

Problems still arise with many types of data according to a recent survey which was also reported in the national press.

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