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 5:30pm.

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)?'. Find the latest details of the programme below. 

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. 

Health and social care professionals and researchers: you can also apply for a bursary towards your conference ticket from the Parkinson's UK Rosemary Maguire educational bursary.

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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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Tier 1: Free

  • People with Parkinson's, and their loved ones


Tier 2: £20

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

Apply for a bursary towards your ticket fee from the Parkinson's UK Rosemary Maguire educational bursary.


Tier 3: £60

  • 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

Apply for a bursary towards your ticket fee from the Parkinson's UK Rosemary Maguire educational bursary.


Tier 4: £100

  • Consultants
  • Senior post-doctoral researchers

Apply for a bursary towards your ticket fee from the Parkinson's UK Rosemary Maguire educational bursary.


Tier 5: £150

  • 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.

Programme information

The co-produced, multi-disciplinary programme focuses on sharing learning and experiences across 4 themes: restarting life, restarting services, research and technology and physical activity and exercise. The day will end with showcasing the work of 2021 Excellence Network Award winners.

Short 'mindful moments' will feature throughout the day, to encourage delegates to spend a few minutes to focus on their wellbeing.

See the latest programme details below.

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8am Registration

Log in, find your way around the conference website and view exhibition.

9am Opening remarks

Welcome and introductions

  • Caroline Rassell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Parkinson's UK
  • Donald Grosset, Consultant Neurologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Clinical Director

Excellence Network strategy

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

  • Katherine Crawford, Director of Services, Parkinson's UK

Psychological wellbeing and Parkinson's

  • Jess Marsh, Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Jane Simpson, Professor of the Psychology of Neurodegenerative Conditions, Lancaster University

Communication and relationships

  • 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

11am Break

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Advance, palliative and end of life care: how might the pandemic have changed this?

  • Ed Richfield, Medicine for Older People Consultant, North Bristol NHS Trust

Debate: "Self management is as effective as consultant-led care" 

  • Debate chair: Richard Walker
  • Panel: Annette Hand, Associate Professor; Bart Post, Neurologist

12.30pm Lunch

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Panel: Transformative tech

Technology developers will 'pitch' their products to the delegate audience and receive feedback.

Fireside chat: How research has risen to the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hear from research participants and a researcher about their experiences and learnings from conducting research studies during the pandemic.

Parkinson's and coronavirus: impact and implications

  • K. Ray Chaudhuri, Professor of Neurology and Movement Disorders, Kings College London
  • Shelley Jones, Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader for Neurosciences at Kings College Hospital

Parkinson's research update

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

3pm Break

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Motivating behaviour change for physical activity

  • Maria Lewis, Chartered Physiotherapist, Reach Your Peak
  • Sally Tawhai, Chartered Physiotherapist, Reach Your Peak
  • Edd Nowicki, Associate Specialist, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Charles Delve, Occupational Therapist and Director, Box Positive
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Introducing the 2021 Excellence Network Award winners

We'll play short films from award winners and delegates will be invited to view the corresponding posters throughout the day, and take part in the Q&A sessions with the winners.

  • Awards category: Innovation in practice
  • Awards category: Sharing learning and education
  • Awards category: Wellbeing and resilience

  • Awards category: Person centred approach

  • The Excellence Network Award winner

The co-chairs will conduct a short Q&A with the winner of the overall Excellence Network Award.

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Caroline Rassell, CEO, Parkinson's UK, will close the day.

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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

Scientific or service user initiative e-poster abstract submission is now closed. 

Shortlisted abstract authors will be invited to create their posters for inclusion in the Excellence Network Conference on 4 November.

Book a place to attend the conference and view the posters below.

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 Parkinson's UK's funding for health and social care professionals and researchers from the Rosemary Maguire educational bursary.

Let's keep in touch

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