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Nursing service praised at inaugural Parkinson’s awards

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A nursing service for people with Parkinson’s disease was recognised at the first ever UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards held earlier this month.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s nurse-led nursing home clinic achieved “highly commended” status at the inaugural ceremony in Leicestershire on 3 March.

“It is wonderful to be able to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work that nurses do”

David Burn

Judges, which included health professionals and patients, praised the nurse-led nursing home clinic, which provides support for people in nursing homes with complex Parkinson’s needs.

The service ensures that patients can be reviewed in their care homes, rather than attend a potentially distressing external clinic. It has also been structured to provide regular reviews to patients, ensuring patients have consistent support.

The judges said: “This service demonstrates beautifully the difference that Parkinson’s nurses make and how evaluating impact of services on patients can lead to care being delivered differently.”

Nursing staff were also celebrated within several multi-disciplinary teams that won awards on the night.

They included Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s quality improvement team, the Coventry and Warwickshire regional Parkinson’s service, and the Parkinson’s advanced symptom unit – a collaboration between South Tees NHS Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Mental Health NHS Trust.

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

Professor David Burn, clinical director of the network, said: “It is wonderful to be able to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work that nurses do to support people with Parkinson’s every day.

“We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries and I would like to congratulate all the winners on their successes in the first ever year of our awards,” he said.

“By coming forward to share their innovations, they will have encouraged others to adopt similar improvements – meaning better services for those affected by Parkinson’s across the UK,” he added.

The network was established in 2015 by the charity Parkinson’s UK, alongside leading clinicians, to drive improvements in Parkinson’s care.

It aims to achieve consistent, high quality UK Parkinson’s services by sharing evidence, training, tools to support best practice and opportunities for collaboration.

Awards winners at the 2017 UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards are:

  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust – Parkinson’s Quality Improvement Team
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Parkinson’s Clinic
  • Parkinson’s Advanced Symptom Unit – a collaboration between South Tees NHS Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Neurology Parkinson’s Service at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Highly commended at the 2017 UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards are:

  • 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
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