Several community nurse-led specialist teams have been nominated for the first Parkinson’s Excellence Awards.
The services nominated for the awards include the Parkinson's Nurse-led Nursing Home Clinic at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, a community service providing care to people with Parkinson's in nursing homes, and Parkinson's Advanced Symptoms Unit in the North East, which provides a community-based multidisciplinary service aimed at people with complex Parkinson's symptoms. Other services that were nominated involved reducing delays and omissions in Parkinson's medication, developing holistic, person-centred approaches, and enhancing staff education.
‘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,’ said Clinical Director of the Excellence Network Professor David Burn.
The seven services chosen were narrowed from a list of 40. The ceremony will take place at the Parkinson’s conference on 3 March.
‘It was clear to see the passion and commitment of healthcare staff across the country who are working hard to provide a first class service. Now, thanks to their willingness to share and promote their initiatives, they may inspire others to create similar services for many more people across the UK with Parkinson’s,’ said Sue Stocker, one of the awards’ judges.