National spine injury role for ex-patient

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A former Paralympian who works with spinal injuries patients across the district has been chosen to help shape the future of care across England.

Kevan Baker, who is the volunteer manager of a patient group at the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Pinderfields Hospital, has been appointed to the new NHS England clinical reference group for spinal cord injury.

As the only individual patient representative on the group, Mr Baker will use his expertise that patients’ needs are at the forefront of the development and improvement care for spinal cord injury patients across the country.

He said: “I am very proud and pleased to have been appointed to the board. It is an honour.

Mr Baker, who was paralysed from the waist down after a car crash in 1979, represented Great Britain in the four Paralympics from 1984 to 1996, winning medals at two of them, is he manager of the patient user group for spinal cord injury (SPINE) at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

He added: “The aim of SPINE is to put the Pinderfields spinal injuries centre at the forefront of all centres in this country.”