by Dr Richard Genever Audit does little to improve quality standards and national audit does this on a grand scale. This doesn’t mean that audit is pointless but it does mean that we need to be absolutely clear on why we do audit and, above all, not allow it to detract from the essence of […]
by Dr Frank Phelan Dr Frank Phelan is the winner of the 2017 Parkinson’s Academy MasterClass Project Award for his video guide to diagnosis. The intermodule project is an integral part of the MasterClass. Course participants choose an area of interest which might be around service delivery, patient or drug management and present their findings at […]
by Dr Aishling Murray & Dr Thea Jones After attending the MasterClass and being tasked with producing a project encompassing aspects of Parkinons patient care, we endeavoured to create a project relevant to our particular patient cohort. As a newly appointed consultant geriatrician, and SpR with a specialist interest in orthogeriatrics and movement disorders, we […]
by Dr Kate Scott In Wellington, New Zealand, our Older Adult service runs three Parkinson’s clinics. In choosing an improvement project, the author reflected that she needed to clarify some basic information before any other improvement was planned: Who the patients are What they want How the clinics fit in with the other services available […]
A survey of Parkinson’s disease nurses working in the East Midlands by Dr Christine Helen Taylor Parkinson’s disease is one of only a few disorders which can cause physical and mental health issues in equal measure however traditionally Parkinson’s disease services have focused on the motor symptoms perhaps at the expense of the non-motor symptoms […]
by Dr Matt Butler The soon to be updated 2006 NICE guidelines for Parkinson’s disease (PD) offer comprehensive advice regarding best practice for management of inpatients with Parkinson’s. Most importantly the guidance states that Parkinson’s drugs should not be changed suddenly or withdrawn abruptly on admission to hospital. The majority of hospital patients with PD are clerked in by doctors […]
by Dr Ali Mackett Traditionally Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been considered a motor disorder, however as the disease progresses there are a number of recognised non-motor complications. These may not be directly related to the dopaminergic pathway, and may therefore develop in patients with well controlled motor symptoms . One particular area, which has arguably […]
The innovative, interactive learning style at the Parkinson’s Academy is what sets it apart. Led by expert clinicians with a strong practical focus on patient encounters, learning is self-directed (with individual mentor support) and goes well beyond the evidence base.
by Dr Naomi Fox In the last issue, I was given the opportunity to tell you about OPTIMAL: an online resource developed by University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, aiming to improve management of Parkinson’s medication when patients are admitted to hospital for any reason.
by Dr Richard Genever One constant feature of the Parkinson’s MasterClass has been to complete a piece of work between the first and second modules. The nature of the project has varied greatly but the idea of building on experiences and doing that in a way that helps to improve services has always been there. […]