The Excellence Network’s Clinical Leadership Team was formed in 2018 and is made up of 7 clinical leads. Each lead represents a clinical area that plays a key role in providing support and care for people affected by Parkinson’s.
The formation of the Clinical Leadership Team marked an important development for the Excellence Network. They hope to reflect the way we want to deliver the best clinical care - as a team that works together and includes the main clinical areas that have importance for people affected by Parkinson's.
Meet the Clinical Leadership Team
Find out more about each of the leads, their individual backgrounds and their experience of working in Parkinson’s.
Donald Grosset, Clinical Director of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network
Donald Grosset was appointed as the Clinical Director of the Excellence Network in 2017. Donald takes on this 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. In addition to over twenty years of clinical experience as a movement disorders specialist, he 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.
Richard Walker, Clinical lead: medicine
Richard Walker, Consultant Physician at North Tyneside General Hospital and Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health at Newcastle University is the lead for medicine. Richard has over 20 years’ experience of looking after people with Parkinson’s, and was previously Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Movement Disorders Section. In addition to his role as clinical lead, Richard also leads the Excellence Network's Undeserved Groups working group.
Patsy Cotton, Clinical lead: innovation and best practice
Patsy Cotton is a Parkinson’s nurse specialist at the NHS Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre, where she and her team are well known for their award-winning Parkinson's care delivery. With over 20 years experience in the role, Patsy understands the importance of ensuring people with Parkinson’s get their medication on time while in hospital and has been an integral part of Parkinson’s UK Get It On Time Campaign.
Annette Hand, Clinical lead: nursing
Annette Hand is a Parkinson’s nurse consultant and has worked with the Parkinson’s Northumbria team for over 22 years. Her role involves coordinating the Parkinson’s service and supporting patients and their families from diagnosis. Annette has carried out groundbreaking research in people with advanced Parkinson's in care homes. Her current research project is evaluating the role of the Parkinson’s nurse specialist across the UK. Annette is also an Associate Professor post with Northumbria University where she teaches and leads on her research work.
Alison Leake, Clinical lead: engagement and best practice
Alison Leake has been a Parkinson’s nurse specialist since 2004. Within her role at the neurology movement disorders service at St. George’s Hospital in London, Alison works closely with a team of Parkinson’s nurses, neurologists and neurosurgeons to support people with Parkinson’s. Alison has been pioneering in linkage to surgical services for Parkinson's. She became involved with the DBS service at St. George’s when it was set up in 2016 and is the treasurer of the DBS Nurse Association.
Fiona Lindop, Clinical lead: therapy
Fiona Lindop is a specialist physiotherapist, working in the Parkinson’s multidisciplinary team at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in the field of Parkinson’s for over 25 years and developed the Lindop Parkinson's Physiotherapy Assessment Scale, a physiotherapy-specific measurement tool designed to assess the gait and bed mobility of people with Parkinson's. Fiona coordinates and teaches on national education courses in Parkinson’s for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in Derby. Additionally, she represented physiotherapy on the 2017 review of the NICE Guideline for Parkinson’s.
Jane Rideout, Clinical lead: user involvement
Jane Rideout brings valuable lived experience to the Clinical Leadership Team. Before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008, she worked in IT management and sales and marketing roles. In 2013, Jane began volunteering for Parkinson’s UK, with volunteer roles including peer support, hosting Parkinson’s UK’s First Steps programme and being a local support group coordinator. Jane became involved with the Excellence Network in 2015, and became the Regional Lead of the South West Peninsular Excellence Network in 2017. She actively promotes exercise for people with Parkinson’s.