The Parkinson’s Academy offers a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to receive expert training in Parkinson’s disease.
Established in 2002, the delivery of Parkinson’s MasterClasses is an innovative educational programme established by the Movement Disorder Section of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS). The MasterClass aims to provide a structured training programme for senior members of the medical profession who seek formal training in both the clinical and managerial aspects of running a ‘Parkinson’s service’.
The educational style of the Academy has been commended by the Department of Health (England) and by Parkinson’s UK for providing unique clinical skills enhancement and service development.
At the start of 2019, 35 MasterClasses have been held producing over 1,600 trained specialists in Parkinson’s from all four countries of the UK and a number of international delegates from Canada, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. Whether you are a consultant, registrar, GP, experienced neurosciences pharmacist, specialist nurse, physiotherapist or other allied healthcare professional with an interest in Parkinson’s, the aim is to build your confidence in managing the condition.
We do this by drawing on the expertise of leaders in the field who deliver top quality education in small groups and a relaxed atmosphere. The courses address both the clinical and managerial aspects of running a Parkinson’s service, with input from a range of disciplines, and of course from patients themselves.
Not only does the Academy provide updates on the evidence base for managing Parkinson’s and practical support on how to develop a Parkinson’s service, but course graduates also tell us that the Academy is an invaluable opportunity to establish an ongoing network of peer support – not just in Parkinson’s but in other rarer movement disorders too.
Advanced training also includes a mentorship programme, which means that individual support continues even after the residential course has finished.
The Academy MasterClass programmes are approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The Advanced MasterClass (previously known as the Classic) was awarded 24 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s) in 2018. Please note that the credits are subject to approval of the final programme.
We offer Foundation and Advanced MasterClasses in Parkinson’s, plus other courses in specialised areas such a palliative care:
For non-final year registrars, SpRs, Parkinson’s nurses within the first 18 months of post, pharmacists, clinical fellows and clinical lecturers.
For consultant physicians, Parkinson’s nurses, staff grade physicians, final year registrars and experienced neurosciences pharmacists with an interest in Parkinson’s wishing to advance their knowledge and skills in this area.