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Paola Giunti named European Health Professional of the Year

Posted in Awards & Appointments on 10th Mar 2017


paola giuntiPaola Giunti has been honoured for her groundbreaking work on ataxia – a group of incurable conditions that affect co-ordination and balance. The complex nature of the condition means that few doctors have the expertise to treat patients. Dr Giunti responded to this gap in care by opening the UK’s first specialist centre for ataxia 11 years ago. Based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square, it takes a holistic approach to care, providing diagnosis and access to research, as well as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and emotional and practical support. The patient base has expanded from 64 in 2005 to more than 800 a year today.

Naming its European Health Professional of the Year, the European Federation of Neurological Associations said: “Dr Giunti was nominated for her work in the field – including the establishment of the specialist ataxia centre, which we really see as a best practice example of a bespoke health service made in partnership with patients.”

The judging panel was also particularly impressed by her voluntary work with patient organisations and the wider patient community.

Published online: 13/3/17