National audit of dementia care in general hospitals published

August 13, 2018

A new National Audit of Dementia (care in general hospitals) (NAD) has been published. The audit examines aspects of care received by people with dementia in general hospitals in England and Wales. In addition, NAD provides national and local reports to support hospitals to identify areas for quality improvement and share good practice, helping to improve outcomes […]

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New Parkinson’s learning pathway for therapists launches

July 30, 2018

The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network has launched a new learning pathway, created in collaboration with the Parkinson’s Academy, to help occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists easily find appropriate learning to improve their Parkinson’s-specific skills and care. When someone has Parkinson’s it affects every aspect of their therapist’s assessment and intervention. Understanding the specific challenges and […]

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Creative approaches to Quality Improvement

July 24, 2018

Dr Richard Genever, on behalf of the UTI Quality Improvement Team: At Chesterfield Royal Hospital we have been working to improve the accuracy of diagnosis of urinary tract infection. Audits had shown that the majority of inpatients treated for UTI did not have symptoms to support that diagnosis. We recognised that there was a cultural […]

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New dementia toolkit is an Aladdin’s cave of information

February 15, 2017

Dementia Interactive Care Pathway Toolkit provides a one-stop shop resource for professionals working in dementia care. Following a partnership between academia, the NHS and the third sector, clinicians can now access a free toolkit containing a comprehensive roadmap and resources for the care of people with dementia.

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Interactive dementia pathway toolkit

December 13, 2016

by Sue Thomas Based on an initial idea from Faculty member Iracema Leroi, December has seen the Dementia Academy develop a new multi-level integrated dementia pathway toolkit that we hope will be a useful resource for everyone working in dementia care.

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Australia & New Zealand neurology e-newsletter planned

December 8, 2016

by Rachael Hansford The Neurology Academy is working with ACNR (Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation) to produce an editorial e-newsletter for specialists in Australia and New Zealand in mid-January 2017. This collaboration will allow specialists in the region to freely access high quality, country specific, peer reviewed content via ACNR’s website.

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pdmedcalc.co.uk Online medication conversion tool

November 29, 2016

by Dr James Fisher If you look after people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) you’ll know that sometimes medication administration in hospital is not as good as it could be. Things can get particularly challenging when patients are unable to take their usual tablets due to swallowing difficulties or being made nil by mouth (NBM). Missing […]

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Inpatient drug calculator & guideline now available

August 2, 2016

Dr Naomi Fox’s Parkinson’s medication and conversion calculator called ‘OPTIMAL’ has been launched and is now available for use. The new online tool, which will help professionals who are unfamiliar with Parkinson’s to better manage their patients in hospital, won the Parkinson’s Academy 2015 award for the best inter-module project.

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