Get It On Time campaign boosted by CQC meeting
In an exciting landmark for our Get It On Time campaign we met with Professor Ted Baker, Chief Hospital Inspector at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the hospital and care home regulator for England - last week.
At the meeting Parkinson's UK Chief Executive Steve Ford, Consultant Neurologist Dr Paul Worth and Health Policy Adviser Matina Loizou discussed how the regulator could ensure inpatients with Parkinson's get access to their medication on time every time when in hospital or a care home.
They also shared the new UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Medical Optimisation Consensus Statement - a set of principles professionals agree is good practice when managing the medication of people with Parkinson's, launched in October 2017.
Steve Ford said: "As the UK's leading Parkinson's charity, we drive better care, treatments and quality of life.
"For people living with Parkinson's, getting medication on time is vital so we're delighted that the CQC are working with us to make the most of this opportunity to improve medication management for people with Parkinson's across England."
Your medication experiences drive our work
One of the biggest fears many people with Parkinson's share with us when going into hospital or a care home is getting their medication on time. That's why we've been passionately campaigning on this issue.
We're aware of services that have improved their medication practices for people with Parkinson's, but we know it's still an issue for many.
In fact, the 2015 UK Parkinson's Audit showed that fewer than 50% of those admitted to hospital always got their Parkinson's medication at the right time.
Bringing health professionals, people with Parkinson's and now regulators together to find a way to improve this is critical.
Support for going into hospital
Are you or a loved one due to go into hospital or a care home? Parkinson's UK has a range of free resources you can use to make sure you get your medication on time, available to download or order.
If you've had a good or bad experience in a hospital or care home you can share this with Care Opinion. They'll share it with the service so it can inspire improvements.
Campaign for change
Help make sure people with Parkinson's get their medication on time, every time.