On 16 June 2021 volunteers and campaigners across the UK came together to celebrate, learn and plan our next campaign.
Our online conference opened with Local Campaign Officers Jack Grant and Georgina Sait sharing successes from the last year including:
- our Get it on Time petition hand in event
- news of 11 hospital trusts who have committed to implementing mandatory training for staff on Parkinson’s and the 17 more who are reviewing their medication management policies
- their work successfully campaigning for nurse posts in Shropshire and Lincolnshire.
Jack and Georgina paid tribute to our amazing volunteers who have made sure the voice of people with Parkinson’s has been heard by decision makers by writing to them, meeting them, signing petitions and organising protests.
We invited Vice Chair for External Affairs at the Royal College of GPs, and Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair Dr Gary Howsam and Head of Policy and Campaigns at Motor Neurone Disease Association, Susie Rabin.
Our guest speakers shared their experiences about how patients and campaigners could be more involved in decisions about their care. In a lively question and answer session attendees asked about access to multidisciplinary care teams, exercise prescriptions and mandatory training for health professionals on Parkinson’s.
Planning our future activities
The final session saw campaigners share headlines they wanted to see in a year’s time after our post pandemic campaign to improve health and care services.
We heard some great ideas about the use of technology, engaging politicians with real examples of what is and isn't working and about collaborating with other neuro charities to campaign for better services.
We’ll be uploading a recording of the event if you missed it.
One of our volunteers said: “Thanks for including me in the session yesterday which I thought was a really interesting and useful meeting. I look forward to the next step.”
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