South West Interest in Muscles (SWIM) Conference - 21 November 2019

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Taunton Racecourse

Orchard Portman



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South West Interest in Muscles (SWIM) Conference

The SWIM Conference runs twice a year and focuses on health and social care issues related to neuromuscular conditions. It is run by the SW Neuromuscular Operational Delivery Network (SWNODN).

Who should attend?

Anyone who is working in the South West with children or adults who have a neuromuscular condition. The Conference is open to NHS and social care sector employees only.

Conference Programme for 21 November 2019

The theme of the conference is ‘Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy’.

Please visit the SW Neuromuscular ODN website for further details about the conference programme and follow us on Twitter @SWNODN. Please contact Jo McTiernan at if you have trouble accessing the conference programme.

Event location and times:

Registration is from 09.00 am. Please arrive for registration in good time as the Conference will start promptly at 09.25 am. The day is scheduled to finish around 4.00pm.

The Conference will take place at: Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, TA3 7BL

Map and directions are available:

Car parking:

There is ample free parking available on site.

Taunton Rail Station is the closest train station which is approximately a 15 minute taxi transfer to the racecourse (we would advise pre-booking your taxi transfer).


Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Registration Details:

Please ensure that the correct e-mail address is entered when you register as you will receive an automated e-mail to confirm your place. If you do not receive a confirmation within 10 minutes of completing your registration, please contact us immediately as your registration may not be complete which could result in you losing your place.

When registering, please ensure that you are registering as the attendee as opposed to booking for someone else - this is very important as we need to capture individual data for each attendee.


If you are no longer able to attend, please inform us at least 5 days before the Conference date so that someone else will get an opportunity to attend.

Further information:

Should you have any other questions, please contact Jo McTiernan, SW Neuromuscular ODN Co-ordinator via: or 0117 41 41184

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Taunton Racecourse

Orchard Portman



United Kingdom

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Organiser South West Neuromuscular ODN

Organiser of South West Interest in Muscles (SWIM) Conference - 21 November 2019

The South West Neuromuscular Operational Delivery Network (SWNODN) was formed in 2009 in response to a report entitled Building on the Foundations: The Need for a Specialist Neuromuscular Service across England produced by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.The report highlighted inequalities in the services available to people with a neuromuscular condition and prompted an All Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy to investigate this further. This resulted in Access to Specialist Neuromuscular Care – The Walton Report. 

The Network was originally hosted by the South West Specialised Commissioning Group, but following a reorganisation of the NHS in 2012 the Network hosting arrangements were moved to North Bristol NHS Trust.

Our Mission Statement

In collaboration with our colleagues, NHS partner organisations, and patients, their carers and their families, the Network will recommend and deliver the highest quality clinical and non-clinical support to individuals with a neuromuscular condition. The Network aims to establish centres of excellence across the South West with the guidance of clinical leadership in the field of neuromuscular service provision.

The overall aims of the Network are to:

  • Ensure an equitable and accessible service for individuals with a neuromuscular condition, and their families and carers, in the South West;
  • Determine a strategic direction for neuromuscular services (including pathways of care) in the South West;
  • Plan and develop neuromuscular services, including service configuration, care and treatment pathways (supported by referral policies and procedures) and service specifications (incorporating published Standards of Care and appropriate quality measurements);
  • Raise standards of care and support for individuals with a neuromuscular condition, and their families and carers, in the South West;
  • Promote the work of the SWNODN and agree a communication strategy with professionals and the public to maximise user involvement;
  • Identify and share good practice and common aims across organisations and health communities.

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