MasterClass Moving On: Academy round up for 2017

12 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Peter Fletcher As the 16th year of our Parkinson’s MasterClass(es) draws to a close it is time to take stock and reflect on 2017: more MasterClasses, more audits and two ‘Firsts’. Add to that NICE publishing new (well nearly new) guidelines, the World Parkinson’s Congress blog and the growing agenda around repurposing drugs and […]

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Reconsidering the “palliative phase” of Parkinson’s

12 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Ed Richfield The model of Parkinson’s disease in four phases was first described by two founders of the original Parkinson’s MasterClass(1), and are well recognised by those familiar with the disease, particularly Academy alumni. This approach is useful in understanding the progressive nature of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the implications this has for […]

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Non-oral therapy roadshows and the relevance of the NICE guidelines for Parkinson’s

12 December, 2017 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Christopher Kobylecki Non-oral therapies for Parkinson’s disease comprise apomorphine infusion, deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery, and levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG, Duodopa®). Whereas people with Parkinson’s disease typically respond consistently to oral medications for several years, motor fluctuations and levodopa-induced dyskinesia affect half of patients after 4-5 years (1). This heralds the “complex” phase […]

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Roadshows offer expert half-day training courses

12 September, 2017 | Posted in:

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 […]

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New competency framework for Parkinson’s nurses

15 August, 2017 | Posted in:

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 […]

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