In this piece we interview Dr Sundus Alusi who is developing a service for people with, or concerned about, FXTAS, as part of her movement disorder work at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.
Tell us a bit about your professional background
I am a consultant neurologist with a special interest in movement disorders at the Walton Centre Foundation Trust, Liverpool, appointed in 2004.
I graduated from Leicester University Medical School (MBChB) in 1992, and after training in medical specialities, obtained my MRCP, qualification, London, in 1995 and subsequently FRCP. My MD thesis was dedicated to the study of Tremor in Multiple Sclerosis and ended in a MD degree at Imperial College, London in 2001. I obtained the certificate of specialist training (CCST) in neurology in 2004.
As a consultant, my work involves the diagnosis and management of patients with various neurological conditions and in particular movement disorders. This includes Parkinson’s disease and related disorders, such as tremor, dystonia and ataxia.
Could you give us an overview of the Walton Centre?
The Trust, originally formed in 1992, attained Foundation Trust status in 2009 and is unique in being the only specialist NHS neurosciences trust in the UK.
Based in Liverpool, our catchment population is about 3.5 million and is drawn from Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the Isle of Man and North Wales.
In addition, due to an international reputation in some areas of expertise, referrals are received from other geographical areas of the UK. Service delivery is achieved via a ‘hub and spoke’ system and we have partnerships with 13 NHS trusts across the area we serve.