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National accolade for Parkinson's team

Published 13/03/2017

The Parkinson’s service run by Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been highly commended at the first UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards.

The service, which provides a multi-disciplinary ‘one-stop shop’ outpatient service for people living with Parkinson’s, draws people from a wide area in Derbyshire and beyond. The team includes consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, as well as a clinical psychologist. 

Staff from the service, based at London Road Community Hospital, were praised for their collaborative approach to supporting patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and their willingness to share learning and best practice with other Trusts, when they attended the awards in Leicestershire. 

Judges, which included a panel of Parkinson’s health and service professionals, as well as people with the condition, described the service as ‘world-renowned’ and praised the way actions were undertaken based on patient feedback, including improvements on access to information and developing a patient and carer education symposium.

Professor David Burn, Clinical Director of the Excellence Network: “It is wonderful to be able to highlight and celebrate some of the fantastic services that support people with Parkinson’s every day. We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries and I would like to congratulate Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Parkinson’s service on its success in the first ever year of our awards. By coming forward to share its innovations, it will have encouraged others to adopt similar improvements – meaning better services for those affected by Parkinson’s across the UK.” 

Lisa Brown, Lead Specialist Nurse for the Parkinson’s Service, said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised in this way. Our one-stop shop approach has been really beneficial to our patients as it means they can access help for all aspects of their condition easily and conveniently. It’s fantastic that we’re able to share this with the wider Parkinson’s community in the hope it will help improve care for patients everywhere.”

These awards are the first of their kind for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. The Network was established in 2015 by Parkinson’s UK, alongside leading clinicians, to drive improvements in Parkinson’s care. The Network aims to achieve consistent, high quality UK Parkinson’s services by sharing evidence, training, tools to support best practice and opportunities for collaboration. It makes sure the views and experiences of people affected by this complex, long term, neurological condition are at the forefront of service improvement.

To find out more about the Excellence Network Awards or the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, please visit: parkinsons.org.uk/excellencenetwork or follow the Network on twitter @ParkinsonsEN. 

Excellence Network Awards 2017
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