A new best practice pathway for the use of non-oral treatments in Parkinson’s has been devised by clinicians to make the referral process for these therapies more explicit. The new guideline pathway, for the first time, gives clinicians a road-map for the use of non-oral therapy (apomorphine, intestinal levodopa gel infusion (Duodopa) and deep brain […]
by Dr Naomi Fox In the last issue, I was given the opportunity to tell you about OPTIMAL: an online resource developed by University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, aiming to improve management of Parkinson’s medication when patients are admitted to hospital for any reason.
by Sue Thomas and Dr Iracema Leroi As part of the Neurology Academy mission we will be launching a series of Regional Dementia Masterclasses in 2016, backed up with a website resource on the Neurology Academy website.
by Dr Richard Genever One constant feature of the Parkinson’s MasterClass has been to complete a piece of work between the first and second modules. The nature of the project has varied greatly but the idea of building on experiences and doing that in a way that helps to improve services has always been there. […]
by Dr Greg Waddell StR 7 in Geriatric and Internal Medicine, NHS Lanarkshire Within the local data collected for the UK Parkinson’s Audit 2015, our team reported that “evidence of fracture risk / osteoporosis considered in the last year” was missing from nearly all our sampled case notes. Despite recognising that those attending our Parkinson’s […]
By Dr Neil Archibald I attended the Parkinson’s Academy MasterClass in 2012, as a final year neurology trainee. At that time, I had already decided on a career in Movement Disorders, and had a fair amount of experience under my belt already. What I was looking for, amongst other things, was to ensure that my knowledge […]
by Dr Sowjanya Potturu Falls are common in Parkinson’s disease and are a common cause of hip fracture. Prospective studies have shown that 46% of PD patients fall within three months of follow up¹. Multiple factors increase falls risk in PD, including motor dysfunction (freezing, postural reflex loss), impaired cognition, sarcopenia and postural hypotension. PD […]
by Dr Robin Fackrell I attended the inaugural SpR Masterclass at the Knowledge Spa in Cornwall and this was really my first foray in to the world of Parkinson’s. Having had my interest significantly piqued by the MasterClass I began my journey of developing an expertise in Movement Disorders.
by Dr William Ogburn With our ageing population and the elderly being in better health in even extreme old age there are greater numbers of acute admissions fit for invasive surgical intervention. Even the healthy aged may have a multitude of medical issues picked up throughout their lives and acute illness can disrupt a fine […]