International twist to delegate projects this year

December 14, 2017

Project presentations had an extra twist this year with some delegates presenting via video from afar, explaining how they are changing services in their part of the country (or world in some cases). MasterClass graduates are changing the face of patient care. Through their projects, graduates have implemented changes that are making a valuable impact on service development […]

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Is everyone who could benefit from non-oral therapy receiving them? Know your 10%

December 12, 2017

by Sue Thomas The Non-Oral Therapy Roadshows have been a great success this year raising awareness of the potential treatments and non-oral pathways for people with Parkinson’s (PwP) who might have more complex therapy needs. Around 10% of each Parkinson’s population may require one of the non-oral therapies, namely apomorphine, deep brain stimulation or duodopa. […]

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MasterClass Moving On: Academy round up for 2017

December 12, 2017

by Dr Peter Fletcher As the 16th year of our Parkinson’s MasterClass(es) draws to a close it is time to take stock and reflect on 2017: more MasterClasses, more audits and two ‘Firsts’. Add to that NICE publishing new (well nearly new) guidelines, the World Parkinson’s Congress blog and the growing agenda around repurposing drugs and […]

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James Parkinson memorial day: The man behind shaking palsy

October 23, 2017

James Parkinson FGS (11 April 1755 – 21 December 1824) was a surgeon, apothecary, geologist, palaeontologist, and political activist. He is most famous for his 1817 work, ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’, in which he was the first to describe “paralysis agitans”, a condition that later became known as Parkinson’s disease.

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NICE Quality Standards advisory committee meeting for Parkinson’s

October 10, 2017

Public registration to observe the NICE Quality Standards committee meeting for Parkinson’s disease has opened on the NICE website. If you would like to register for this committee meeting, please do so via the following web page: https://www.nice.org.uk/event/qsac1-november-2017 Registration for this meeting will close on Thursday 19 October 2017.

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Come and meet us today at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

September 21, 2017

Today and tomorrow we will be at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for their two-day symposium, which will cover the management of motor and non-motor complications of Parkinson’s, updates on the latest scientific developments and the important role of multidisciplinary teams in caring for people with Parkinson’s.

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UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards

September 20, 2017

The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding services that make a difference to people affected by Parkinson’s. Great care is already happening. Let’s celebrate it and make it standard.

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Roadshows offer expert half-day training courses

September 12, 2017

The Parkinson’s Academy roadshows are touring the country again offering expert MasterClass training in one afternoon for busy healthcare professionals. Courses are available on the non-oral therapies for Parkinson’s and non-motor symptoms. Following its success in 2016, the Non-Oral Therapy Roadshow is back on the road. We have re-launched a new series of this regional roadshow which explores […]

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New competency framework for Parkinson’s nurses

August 15, 2017

The third edition of the competency framework for Parkinson’s nurses is now available following work led by the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association (PDNSA) in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing and the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. This revised competency framework describes the competencies (in terms of knowledge, education and skills) required by specialist nurses to provide safe and effective […]

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Advanced care planning in dementia round table discussion

August 8, 2017

Professor Alistair Burns National Clinical Director for Dementia and Professor Bee Wee National Clinical Director for End of Life Care held an NHS England (NHSE) Round table discussion with key stakeholders in London at which the Dementia Academy was represented by MasterClass faculty member Sue Thomas.

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