Impulsive and compulsive behaviours

December 19, 2015

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

December 19, 2015

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

December 19, 2015

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

December 19, 2015

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

November 9, 2015

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

September 8, 2015

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

September 3, 2015

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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Non-motor issues in Parkinson’s

September 2, 2015

The motor features of Parkinson’s have traditionally been the focus of management, but Dr Robin Fackrell argues that in fact non-motor symptoms such as sleep disturbance, constipation and dementia detract from quality of life the most in PD. Robin focuses on identifying these challenging symptoms and managing them effectively. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwNbY-qSjH0&w=560&h=315]

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Identification and management of PSP and MSA

September 2, 2015

Dr Boyd Ghosh speaks to delegates about multiple systems atrophy (MSA) and supranuclear palsy (PSP) which are atypical parkinsonian syndromes that are fairly difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Boyd shows delegates videos of patients so that they can learn to recognise how MSA and PSP are different from Parkinson’s disease. For example patients […]

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