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Parkinson’s nurses urged to join national network to improve care

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Nurses who work with Parkinson’s disease patients or have an interest in the condition are being urged to join a new network that aims to “revolutionise care”.

Around 300 health and social care professionals and patients attended a launch event for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network in London yesterday.

The initiative, set up by the charity Parkinson’s UK, has the backing of the Royal College of Nursing and NHS England.

The network aims to improve the care provided to people with Parkinson’s from the point of diagnosis onwards. 

“We need to equip professionals so that they can influence the service offered locally and initiate change”

David Burn

Professor David Burn, director of the Institute of Neuroscience and professor of movement disorders neurology at Newcastle University, will act as the network’s clinical director.

“The heart of what we want is better services and experiences for our patients, regardless of where they live,” he said. “We need to equip professionals so that they can influence the service offered locally and initiate change where services are falling short of excellent.”

Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “I fully support the aims of this exciting initiative.

“The collaboration it will facilitate promises to help improve services and transform care for people affected by Parkinson’s through the development of new benchmarking tools and through bringing people together in their work on research and service delivery,” he said.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens described the network as a “great example of how a one-stop-shop for collaboration, evidence, education and resources can drive real improvement in health and care services”.

Parkinson’s UK is urging people to join the network by emailing excellence@parkinsons.org.uk

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