THE ABN'S 4TH LOCKDOWN LECTURE WITH WOJTEK RAKOWICZ
21 May 2020
WEAKNESS ON THE WARD CONSULT
7 - 8 PM THURSDAY 21 MAY 2020
Speaker - Dr Wojtek Rakowicz, Southampton
View a video of the lecture here
Dr Wojtek Rakowicz was consultant neurologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust from 2003-2013 before moving to Winchester and recruiting 6 more consultants to the at Hampshire Hospitals (HHFT) neurology unit. He has been an Associate Medical Director since 2015; and became HHFT’s first Medical Examiner in 2020.
His neuromuscular training encompassed both clinical neurology and neurophysiology, with spells at the NHNN, Norwich and Cambridge; a PhD in motor neurone disease from Cambridge University; and a neuromuscular fellowship at Washington University in St Louis, MO, USA (neuromuscular.wustl.edu). He continues to provide a regional specialist service as one of the senior neuromuscular team in Southampton.
He has worked on all aspects of the RCP Specialty Certificate Examination in Neurology from its first prototype in 2007-2019. As one of the two adult neurologists on NICE Guideline NG127, Suspected Neurological Conditions: recognition and referral (May 2019), he would welcome any further feedback from the neurology front line that you our trainees represent (email@example.com).
Outline of talk
The neurological assessment of weakness is among the most basic of clinical skills, required of doctors from the front line to the neuromuscular clinic. It can also pose the greatest diagnostic challenge in an acute setting, far removed from the ‘security’ of a grand round. In this commonest of presentations, each of us needs an approach to real-time advice and decision making that is practical and safe, without loss of intellectual rigour.