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Margaret Phillips

Clinical Associate Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Margaret Phillips studied medicine and completed an intercalated degree in physiology at the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff. After basic training in medicine in South Wales and Birmingham she then returned to Cardiff where she studied for an MD 'Myotonic Dystrophy: a multisystemic approach' at the Welsh Institute of Genetics. Following this she completed higher specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine based at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool, whilst maintaining a special interest in neuromuscular conditions. At this time research was regarding the respiratory complications of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

In 2001 she moved to Derby for her first consultant and senior lecturer post in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Nottingham, later changing to Clinical Associate Professor. Whilst at the University of Nottingham research interests and publications have been in various aspects of assistive technology and orthotic use in neuromuscular conditions, with publication concerning ankle foot orthoses; inappropriate admissions of people with neurological conditions to hospital; and in exercise in neuromuscular and other disabling conditions.

She has also played a role in the research and clinical standards sub-committee of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, contributed to training as East Midlands Training Programme Director for Rehabilitation Medicine and taken an active part in clinical work, being lead clinician for Rehabilitation Medicine at Derby Hospitals' Foundation Trust.

Expertise Summary

Management of neuromuscular disease; exercise in neuromuscular disease; assistive technology; Stroke rehabilitation; Inappropriate hospital admissions of people with neurological disease; teaching about research.

Teaching Summary


Coordination of, and curriculum development for, rehabilitation component of Musculoskeletal Disorder and Disability module for final year medical students at Nottingham.

Examiner for final exams, internal examiner and setting of rehabilitation OSCE question.

Portfolio assessor for MDD module 2003-2011

Contribution to examinations, development of neuroscience block, dissertations, mentoring and PBL facilitation for Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Nottingham at Derby

Timetabling for and supervision of special study module students in rehabilitation.


Teaching for medical and AHP postgraduates

Training Programme Director for East Midlands Deanery

Organisation of BSRM Specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Course

Mentor to Rehabilitation MSc students 2004-2011

Joint PhD supervision of one current and one recent student

Research Summary

Physical activity and exercise in neuromuscular disease, study of barriers and physical activity in neuromuscular disease just completed.

Clinical and rehabilitation management of neuromuscular diseases, with a particular interest in myotonic dystrophy and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease.

Recent Publications

Past Research

Functional electrical stimulation in multiple sclerosis.

Stroke rehabilitation.

Myotonic dystrophy.

Admission of patients with long term neurological conditions to hospital.

Future Research

Assessment of needs in patients with neuromuscular disease.

Myotonic dystrophy.

At present I am developing a protocol to assess outcome measures for everyday mobility in neuromuscular disease. This will form a basis for future projects regarding use of orthoses in neuromuscular disease and intervention studies of physical activity and exercise in neuromuscular disease.

Early supported dischartge and early acute rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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