International twist to delegate projects this year

14 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

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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Parkinson’s disease and other related movement disorders: a video guide to diagnosis

13 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

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 […]

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Bone health in patients with Parkinson’s disease

8 December, 2016 | Posted in:

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 […]

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Improving access to psychiatric services for people with Parkinson’s

1 December, 2016 | Posted in:

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 […]

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Improving outcomes for inpatients with Parkinson’s by reducing medical error

1 December, 2016 | Posted in:

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with Parkinson’s.[1] Most importantly the guidance states that Parkinson’s drugs should not be changed suddenly or withdrawn abruptly on admission to hospital.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 […]

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Parkinson’s & intimate relationships: A neglected area?

29 November, 2016 | Posted in:

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 [1]. One particular area, which has arguably […]

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Inpatient drug calculator & guideline now available

2 August, 2016 | Posted in: , ,

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.   It is essential that people with […]

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