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Nurse-led nursing home service for Parkinson’s disease in running for award

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The finalists have been announced for the first ever awards scheme designed to showcase pioneering and outstanding services for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

A nurse-led nursing home service, a multidisciplinary unit and a quality improvement team are all in the running for an award from the network set up by charity Parkinson’s UK.

“I know these finalists represent the tip of a much larger iceberg of the quality care provided”

David Burn

The Parkinson’s nurse-led nursing home clinic, run by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, provides nursing home-based services to monitor and support patients with complex or palliative Parkinson’s.

It was established to meet the needs of a severely frail population resident in nursing homes in the area, who were finding attending clinic appointments distressing or had been lost to follow up.

The service has been structured to provide regular reviews to patients within a nursing home setting, ensuring patients have consistent support.

The clinic is also able to capture any people who become resident in a home quickly to ensure their needs are met without disruption.

The service has been praised for making a real difference in supporting more vulnerable and complex patients to maintain their quality of life, and ensuring they are receiving regular specialist review.

The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network is a collaboration between health and social care professionals, the charity and patients with the long-term neurological condition.

Launched in 2015, it encourages professionals to work together for change, build an expert workforce, influence services and strengthen the voice of people affected.

The new awards, which are the first of their kind, aim to recognise and celebrate outstanding services that make a difference to people in the UK affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Of more than 40 entries, seven finalists have been chosen to be recognised as part of the inaugural awards ceremony at the Positive Steps conference in Leicestershire on 3 March.

The finalists for the 2017 UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards are:

  • Heart of England Foundation Trust Parkinson’s Quality Improvement Team
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Parkinson’s Clinic
  • Parkinson’s Advanced Symptoms Unit (a collaboration between South Tees NHS Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Mental Health Trust)
  • Neurology Parkinson’s Service at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Parkinson’s Nurse-led Nursing Home Clinic at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • The Coventry and Warwickshire Regional Parkinson’s Service
  • Parkinson’s Service at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David Burn, clinical director of the network, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the quality of entries for our first ever Excellence Network Awards.

“I know these finalists represent the tip of a much larger iceberg of the quality care provided,” he said. “I would like to congratulate every service that has reached this stage.

“It is a momentous achievement to be recognised as a finalist on a national level for sheer dedication and support for people with Parkinson’s. I look forward to celebrating all of these finalists at the awards ceremony in March,” he added.

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