2021 UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference

Join health and social care professionals, with the Parkinson’s community online on Thursday 4 November from 8am to 6pm.

About the Excellence Network Conference

Together we’ll learn, share and discuss this year’s theme 'Progression beyond the pandemic: what have we learned from coronavirus (COVID-19)?'.

People with Parkinson's, and the people who love and care for them, are encouraged to attend the conference to hear about innovation in health and social care, and share their lived experiences.

Can't make the date? Don't worry. If you can't make the live event, you can still access the recorded content for 30 days after the event date.

You can book your tickets for both the Excellence Network Conference and the Excellence Network Awards through the same link below. There are instructions on the registration site.

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Conference registration will stay open until 12 November 2021.

Conference tickets are free for people with Parkinson's, and a family member, carer or friend. Conference tickets for health and care professionals and commercial organisations are priced by type.

Make sure you select the right ticket type for you when you go through to the registration page.

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Early bird rates are available until 6pm on Friday 16 July, saving you 20% on your conference ticket type. After this date, the full ticket price will apply.

Tier 1: Free

  • People with Parkinson's, and their loved ones

Tier 2: £16 early bird (£20 full price)

  • Undergraduate students
  • Care assistants (including nursing home; care home; domiciliary care)

Tier 3: £48 early bird (£60 full price)

  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals
  • Junior doctors and SAS grades
  • Social care managers (including nursing home; care home; domiciliary care)
  • PhD students & post-doctoral researchers within 5 years of PhD

Tier 4: £80 early bird (£100 full price)

  • Consultants
  • Senior post-doctoral researchers

Tier 5: £120 early bird (£150 full price)

  • Commercial organisations
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  • Full programme of live and pre-recorded content from clinical and lived experience experts.
  • 30 days of on-demand access to recorded content.
  • Networking with health and social care professionals, and the wider Parkinson's community.
  • Exhibition of partners and sponsor organisations.
  • A platform to share your scientific work or service user initiative by submitting a conference e-poster abstract.

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The programme will focus on the future and share learning and experiences across 4 themes, ending with a showcase of 2021 Excellence Network Awards winning work. 

Full programme details will be posted here in the summer, so be sure to keep checking back.


Opening remarks

  • Welcome and introduction

Donald Grosset, Consultant Neurologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow; Honorary Professor in Neurology, University of Glasgow; UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Clinical Director.

Parkinson's UK Chief Executive Officer

  • Excellence Network strategy

Rowan Wathes, Associate Director of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

Restarting life after the pandemic

  • Communication and relationships: the impact of cognitive-linguistic changes, and reduction in communication opportunities during lockdown

Debra Borsley, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, Airedale Foundation Trust

  • Driving considerations from the pandemic: pathways and pitstops

Jane Price, Parkinson's Disease Nurse Advanced Practitioner, Powys Teaching Health Board

Further content to be confirmed.

Restarting services after the pandemic

Content to be confirmed.

Research and technology

  • Parkinson's research update

Monty Silverdale, Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust; Professor of  Neurology and Neurosciences, Manchester University

Further content to be confirmed.


Content to be confirmed.

2021 Excellence Network Award Winners

Chaired by Donald Grosset and Terence Manning, Head Teacher (retired)

Closing remarks

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The Excellence Network Conference programme is made up of professionals from across the multi-disciplinary team, and people living with Parkinson's.

  • Amelia Hursey, Research Participation Lead, Parkinson’s UK
  • 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
  • Janine Barnes, Neurology Specialist Pharmacist, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • 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)

Scientific and service user initiative posters

Submit a scientific or service user initiative e-poster abstract that is in-keeping with the conference themes, and your work could be displayed at the conference.

Scientific posters could also be put forward for the Parkinson's UK Research Conference in 2022.

Anyone in the Parkinson’s community, including people with Parkinson’s and the people who love and care for them, is invited to submit an abstract for a conference e-poster describing a service user initiative to improve Parkinson's care.

The conference e-poster abstracts will not be judged for the Excellence Network Awards. If you're a health and social care professional who has a service improvement project or initiative that you'd like to enter for an award, find out how to do that on the 2021 Excellence Network Awards page.

The deadline for scientific and service user initiative abstract submissions is Friday 6 August, 5pm.

Get funding support

Did you know you can apply for financial help towards buying a ticket for the Excellence Network Conference?

Find out more about organisations providing funding for health and social care professionals for education, training and research.

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