2021 UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Awards

The 2021 Excellence Network Awards took place online on Thursday 28 October from 6pm to 8pm. Together, we celebrated outstanding health and social care services for people with Parkinson’s.

Your 2021 Award winners and highly commended services

Find out which teams and services emerged as winners or were placed as highly commended in the 2021 Excellence Network Awards. 

Celebrating Excellence

Since 2015, the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network has been bringing together health and social care professionals to transform care for the Parkinson’s community. 

We know that great care is already out there, and continuing to happen despite the challenges presented by 2020 and 2021.

The Excellence Network Awards recognised the hard work and resilience of outstanding individuals, teams and services that make a difference to people with Parkinson’s, and the people who love and care for them. 

On demand access to the Awards recording has now come to an end, but you can read all about the entries that were judged as finalists, and see all of the abstracts that were entered for the Awards here.

Our sponsors for the Awards

The Excellence Network Awards were kindly supported by our sponsors StrolllCharco and the National Garden Scheme.

What was new for the 2021 Awards?

We wanted to make sure individuals, teams and services working across health and social care could really showcase different aspects of their work. That's why the Excellence Network Awards had nominations and entries for specific award categories for the first time.

Each category recognised a highly commended entry, and a category winner.

Entries were judged against general criteria as well as specific category criteria. The categories were:

  • Innovation in practice
  • Sharing learning and education
  • Person-centred approach

By showcasing services delivering great practices demonstrated through these categories, others can draw inspiration and initiate their own improvements.

The Excellence Award was given to a single, outstanding entry across all categories: an entry that demonstrated all of the values and attributes described by the judging criteria, embodying Parkinson’s Excellence.

We wanted Excellence Network Awards entrants to showcase their innovative work beyond the awards, either through submission to other conferences or promotion within their organisations. That's why entries were asked to go through a 2-stage process this year, resulting in a poster and short video that can be used to promote work to colleagues and people affected by Parkinson's after the awards.

For stage 1, entrants submitted awards entry abstracts. Shortlisted entries were then invited to submit an awards entry poster and short video at stage 2. Finalists were selected from the stage 2 posters and videos.

What else do I need to know?

Are you interested in entering the next Excellence Network Awards? The 2021 Awards timeline will give you an idea of what's involved.

  • Midnight, Wednesday 30 June: deadline for nominations
  • Friday 6 August: deadline for stage 1 Awards entry abstracts
  • Early August: stage 1 of the Awards entry shortlisting
  • Mid-August: invites for stage 2 of the awards e-poster sent out
  • Friday 10 September: stage 2 awards e-poster deadline (invite only)
  • Mid-September: judging took place
  • Friday 8 October 2021: finalists contacted
  • Thursday 14 October 2021: finalists announced
  • Thursday 28 October 2021: The Excellence Network Awards ceremony took place online

The Excellence Network Awards committee considered all completed applications from services that submitted the required entry information.

The committee was made up of professionals from across the multi-disciplinary team, and people living with Parkinson's.

  • Debra Borsley, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Airedale Foundation Trust
  • Emma Bracher, Specialist Occupational Therapist, Emma Bracher Occupational Therapy
  • Fiona Lindop, Specialist Physiotherapist, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jane Rideout, Excellence Network Clinical lead: user involvement
  • Jennifer Foley, Highly Specialist Clinical Neuropsychologist and Honorary Lecturer, National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Julie Jones, Clinical Academic Fellow and Senior Lecturer (Physiotherapy), Robert Gordon University
  • Katherine Crawford, Director of Services, Parkinson’s UK
  • Louise Ebenezer, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Parkinson’s Disease, Cwm Taff Morgannwg University Health Board
  • Patsy Cotton, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Movement Disorders, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rowan Wathes, Associate Director of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, Parkinson’s UK
  • Richard Walker, Consultant Physician at North Tyneside General Hospital and Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health at Newcastle University
  • Terence Manning, Head Teacher (retired)

All judges declared any conflicts of interest with any awards entries that came in, and were not involved in judging those entries.

Find out about the exceptional work of Excellence Network Awards winners from previous years:

Let's keep in touch

Sign up to the Excellence Network newsletter to make sure you don't miss announcements about the next Excellence Network Awards.

You can also email us at [email protected].

Follow us on Twitter @ParkinsonsEN.