The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network has appointed Dr Donald Grosset from Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital as its new Clinical Director.
Dr Grosset will build on the foundations laid by previous director Professor David Burn, who oversaw the launch of the Excellence Network two years ago, bringing together health and social care professionals to transform the support that people with Parkinson's receive.
In addition to more than twenty years of clinical experience as a movement disorders specialist, Dr Grosset has an extensive background in research that has been published widely in Movement Disorders, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, and the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. He also currently leads the ground-breaking Tracking Parkinson's study, the world’s largest in-depth study to improve our understanding of the condition.
Already familiar with the Excellence Network through his position as lead for the West of Scotland region, Dr Grosset will take on this new role alongside his responsibilities as Consultant Neurologist at the Institute of Neurological Sciences at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Honorary Professor in Neurology at the University of Glasgow.
Speaking of the appointment, Daiga Heisters, Head of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network, said:
"We have made great strides in helping to improve the care and support for people affected by Parkinson's over the last two years, but there is much still to be done.
"We're thrilled to welcome such a well-known and respected neurologist to this post. With his extensive experience in the field and ongoing involvement in research, we are confident that Dr Grosset will bring a new dynamic to the Excellence Network leadership team and help push forward further improvements in UK Parkinson’s services."
Dr Donald Grosset, said:
"I've been involved with the Excellence Network since its inception and firmly believe in its aim to promote an inclusive team ethic amongst professionals who support people with Parkinson's.
"It is essential that we continue to share knowledge and best practice while maintaining the involvement of people affected by the condition, but we can also take inspiration from current research that suggests how we can make improvements to accuracy of diagnosis, timeliness of support and delivery of care.
"I have lots of ideas for the Network going forward and am excited to work with a cross-discipline group of professionals to help make further improvements to the care and support for people with the condition across the UK."
Gary Jenkins, Director of Regional Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:
"I would like to congratulate Donald on this appointment. He will bring with him a wealthy of experience and knowledge."
The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network was established in 2015 by Parkinson's UK, alongside leading clinicians, to drive improvements in Parkinson's care. The Network aims to achieve consistent, high quality services for people with Parkinson's in the UK by sharing evidence, training, tools to support best practice and opportunities for collaboration. It works to ensure the views and experiences of people affected by this complex, long term, neurological condition are at the forefront of service improvement.
The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network is very active in Scotland. Three regional groups cover the country, South and East, West and North, and bring together more than 300 health and care professionals from all disciplines serving people living with Parkinson's. In the last two years in Scotland, the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network has undertaken work on a range of projects including medications management, a hospital admissions alert project, patient information, research networks, and a community exercise project.