Lake District Neurology

~ About Us

Dr Jitka Vanderpol Consultant Neurologist and Medical Director of the Lake District Neurology established private Neurology Clinic and referral links with local and European physiotherapists in response to a shortage of the services nationally.

Medical Spa Partners CIC is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise started to assist clients to find a high quality health care. Our goal has always been to provide patient focused and responsive care, empower and educate patients to help them to take an active role in the management of their illness.

We partner with local charities and small local enterprises providing physiotherapy in Cumbria as well as with renowned European physiotherapy centres. We visited and reviewed the care quality and partner only with the most reputable medical centres.


Our Mission Statement.

We provide patient focused and responsive care, empower and educate patients to help them to take an active role in the management of their illness, to achieve the best possible recovery and return back to active life.

Our Team
Dr Jitka Vanderpol, MD FRCP MBA

Consultant Neurologist

Founder & Company Director

Dr Jitka Vanderpol has been a Consultant Neurologist in United Kingdom since 2005. She graduated from the First Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, in 1998, and was nominated to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 2012. She completed her MBA (exec.) with merit at Durham University Business School, UK, in 2014.

Her main expertise is in the field of neurology, headache and migraine management. Dr Vanderpol is an innovative clinician and researcher. She was awarded First Place in the Innovative Technology or Device category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2015. She received 6 Clinical Excellence Awards (2013- 2019).

She is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire, a faculty member and speaker at Headache Academy in Royal College in London and UK Neurology Academy, she is a nationally recognised headache expert.

Dr Vanderpol recently wrote a new book, “Helping You Successfully Manage Your Headache and Migraine: A Patient’s Guide“, to help people manage headaches and migraines at home.

Dr Stephen Coates, BENG CENG MBBS FRCP

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologit

Dr Stephen Coates obtained his first degree in Electronic Systems Engineering at Cranfield Institute in 1987. He was a Flight lieutenant in the Royal Airforce and worked for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with satellite communications systems.  He took part in the launching and orbital operations of the UK and NATO satellites.

He graduated from Medical School at Newcastle University in 2000 and became a Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist in 2007.  His interests include electrical diagnostic techniques for diseases of the peripheral nervous system and brain.

He is Honorary Clinical Lecturer at University of Central Lancashire.  He is CEO of TeleEEG, charity which sets up and supports epilepsy clinics in the low and middle income countries throughout the world.

In 2020 he was awarded the Adrian Fowle prize by the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology for his services to Clinical Neurophysiology.

He has recently co-authored a publication Innovations in Global Mental Health.

Catherine Barbara Wingrove, RN, NDN

Neurology Nurse Consultant

Qualified in September 1980, initially worked as district nurse and Neurology nurse Consultant since 2006.

Her nursing roles required creative and innovative application of knowledge and simultaneous exercise of judgment and skill together with sensitive response to the needs of individual patients. She provides nurse-led clinics within integrated multi-disciplinary teams, liaises with community to facilitate seamless care, providing a dynamic and holistic service. She is carrying out procedures and teaching lumbar puncture to junior doctors.

Previously also acted in business roles and academia. She was appointed as honorary senior lecturer in The Faculty of applied sciences Sunderland University, participated in 2 research projects in MS field, published few articles in peer reviewed journals and was appointed as an active member of NICE Interface Group.

She joined the Royal Naval Reserve in 1999 and following junior officer training at Dartmouth Naval College gained the rank of Lieutenant.

Prior to retirement trained with Ruth Hinks (UK number one World Chocolate Master) to be a chocolatier and she has been an apiarist of 15 years.

Sonny Smith BSc (Hons) Economics and Business

Business Consultant

Sonny Smith moved back to Cumbria where he uses his skills mainly in the charity sector, building up none-profit links, supporting the local community. He is currently involved with two charities, where his main focus is finance, research and governance. While working in these roles, Sonny has also led research projects for FTSE250 companies. This research is being used within both private and public sectors to improve social value and reduce deprivation levels within the North of England, with a focus in Cumbria and the Lake District. Through the governance Sonny adds the value to the health care for the communities.  

Miss Adela Valentova

News Editor and Web Administrator