Life after the MasterClass

19 December, 2015 | Posted in:

by Dr Rob Skelly I was appointed as consultant geriatrician in Derby in 2000. My predecessor, Dr Mishra, had established a multidisciplinary PD clinic and had left things in good order.  Although I had done some movement disorder clinics as a registrar, I often struggled to know how best to advise patients. Hoping to fill a […]

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Integrated care pathways for Parkinson’s

19 December, 2015 | Posted in:

by Sue Thomas An essential part of the MasterClass programme has always been the inter-module audit. Many clincians have developed their own Parkinson’s services as a result of attendance on the programme and the audit has enabled them to critically look at how their services should be delivered.  When running a service it is vital […]

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Impulsive and compulsive behaviours

19 December, 2015 | Posted in:

How well is advice regarding these side effects recorded in the notes, both at initiation of treatments and on follow up? by Dr Carolyn Tipton Background In recent years Impulse Control Disorder (ICD) has been more widely recognised as a possible side effect of some drugs used for the management of Parkinson’s disease, particularly use […]

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My MasterClass story

19 December, 2015 | Posted in:

by Dr Richard Genever My life as a movement disorder specialist began in 2006, when still working as an SpR, I received a bleep at work. It was an outside line, the most intriguing of bleeps, which could potentially be something very good but also something very bad. On this occasion it was one of […]

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Building a Parkinson’s service: Demystifying data

19 December, 2015 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Andrea Lindahl and Dr Lucy Strens Following our graduation from the Parkinson’s Academy in the mid-noughties, we embarked on our consultant careers full of vim and gusto, determined to revolutionise services for our local people with Parkinson’s. We were armed with facts, figures, references and the business plan templates from the Academy but, despite this considerable head start, found it difficult to know where to begin, whom to seek out, what data to obtain and then how to analyse the information we had gleaned. The aim of this article is to share our experiences so far and hopefully give new graduates the means to avoid some of the pitfalls we have encountered.

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Moving On: A round up for 2015

19 December, 2015 | Posted in: ,

by Dr Peter Fletcher With the completion of MasterClasses 27 and 28, both in our new spiritual home of Sheffield, and as 2015 draws to a close, it is time to publish the Parkinson’s Academy in-house journal ‘Moving On’ once again. Since we launched the Academy with what we thought would be ‘the’ MasterClass in […]

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The Academy gets a makeover

9 November, 2015 | Posted in:

You might have noticed that the Parkinson’s Academy is sporting a new logo. This is an exciting time for the Academy as we begin to expand and undergo big changes, and so we thought a new logo was only fitting.

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Advanced Masterclass application now open

8 September, 2015 | Posted in:

Previously known as the Classic Masterclass, this course is designed for consultants, experienced Parkinson’s Nurses, final year SpR’s, GPWSI, Associate Specialists and Staff Grade Physicians. The course will advance understanding of Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders through taught sessions and mentorship (a mentor will be appointed for each participant where applicable). Click here to apply

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Foundation Masterclass open for registration

3 September, 2015 | Posted in:

This course is designed for non- final year registrar’s, StRs, PD nurses within the first 18 months of post, pharmacists, clinical fellows and clinical lecturers. The course is set as one module over two days with one residential evening. The course will advance understanding of Parkinson’s and related movement disorders taught through sessions.

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