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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
James Parkinson FGS (11 April 1755 – 21 December 1824) was a surgeon, apothecary, geologist, palaeontologist, and political activist. He is most famous for his 1817 work, ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’, in which he was the first to describe “paralysis agitans”, a condition that later became known as Parkinson’s disease.
Public registration to observe the NICE Quality Standards committee meeting for Parkinson’s disease has opened on the NICE website. If you would like to register for this committee meeting, please do so via the following web page: https://www.nice.org.uk/event/qsac1-november-2017 Registration for this meeting will close on Thursday 19 October 2017.
Today and tomorrow we will be at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for their two-day symposium, which will cover the management of motor and non-motor complications of Parkinson’s, updates on the latest scientific developments and the important role of multidisciplinary teams in caring for people with Parkinson’s.
The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding services that make a difference to people affected by Parkinson’s. Great care is already happening. Let’s celebrate it and make it standard.
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 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 […]
Professor Alistair Burns National Clinical Director for Dementia and Professor Bee Wee National Clinical Director for End of Life Care held an NHS England (NHSE) Round table discussion with key stakeholders in London at which the Dementia Academy was represented by MasterClass faculty member Sue Thomas.