Roadshows offer expert half-day training courses

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 the non-oral therapy guideline pathway in detail, giving clinicians a road-map for the use of non-oral therapies (apomorphine, intestinal levodopa gel infusion (Duodopa) and deep brain stimulation) and an explicit referral process too. Continue reading

New competency framework for Parkinson’s nurses

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 care for people with Parkinson’s.

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From MasterClass to Chair of Psychiatry

by Dr Peter Fletcher

One of the many joys of having been the Parkinson’s Academy’s Academic Director since we began our MasterClasses in 2002 is that I have read every single needs analysis questionnaire submitted by our participants – 100s and 100s of them! What talent we have passing through our MasterClases, with what I see in the questionnaires translated into three-dimensional reality both during the MasterClasses and in terms of what happens next.

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What do people with Parkinson’s want, what do they need and do health care professionals actually know?

by Dr Peter Fletcher

One of the joys of the World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC) is meeting people with Parkinson’s (pwp) and their families, carers and significant others. The 4th WPC in September 2016 drew participants from all over the world but specifically it was a huge opportunity to speak with so many from the USA and Canada perhaps not surprising as we were in Portland Oregon.

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