The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network – transforming Parkinson’s health and social care services

The number of people diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s is increasing, according to the latest research from Parkinson’s UK.  We estimate that in 2018 around 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition - that’s around 1 in 350 adults in the UK. And Parkinson’s diagnoses are set to rise by nearly a fifth by 2025. These statistics make it all the more vital that health and social care services delivered to people affected by Parkinson’s are the best that they can be.  

The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, since 2015, has been the driving force for service improvement in Parkinson’s care.  A collaboration between Parkinson’s UK, people affected by Parkinson’s and health and social care professionals, the Excellence Network offers resources, intelligence, learning and local support and opportunities to network and collaborate with others who want to improve services for people affected by Parkinson’s.  

One of the ways in which the Excellence Network works to transform services is through the UK Parkinson’s Audit which outlines the state of Parkinson's services, and highlights areas for improvement.  The audit was open to neurology, elderly care, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy health services who provide care to people with Parkinson's and the findings of the 2017 Audit will be available in May, along with details of how to get involved in the next Audit.

Learning and workforce development forms a major part of the Excellence Network’s work, and a new Learning Hub has recently launched to guide health and social care professionals through the learning they will need to increase their Parkinson’s expertise at the right level for them.  The Learning Hub hosts the new Parkinson’s Nurse Learning Pathway, and learning pathways for allied health professionals and non-specialist health and social care staff will be added later in 2018.

The Excellence Network also celebrates achievements in delivering Parkinson’s care.  The Excellence Network Awards recognise outstanding health and social care services for people affected by Parkinson's.  The 2018 Awards took place in January and afforded services the chance share their successes in developing innovative and effective services for people affected by Parkinson’s.

Also with regional Excellence Network groups across the UK and regular news updates it’s easy to get involved, network and play your part in transforming services for people affected by Parkinson’s.

Together we can drive improvements in Parkinson’s services. Find out more at parkinsons.org.uk/excellencenetwork