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New clinical director to address Parkinson's care gaps

Professor David Burn, Clinical Director

We've appointed internationally renowned neurologist, Professor David Burn, as our first clinical director, to address critical gaps in Parkinson's care.

I'm looking forward to working with the Parkinson's community to bring about a real sea change in the delivery of Parkinson's services.

Professor Burn, Clinical Director

David (pictured above) will provide clinical leadership for our new UK Parkinson's Excellence Network which launches in early 2015.

The Excellence Network will bring together health and social care professionals to transform the care that people with Parkinson's receive.

It will be the one-stop-shop for Parkinson's education, collaboration, evidence and resources to drive service improvement.

Great strides in care but much still to do

Steve Ford, Parkinson's UK Chief Executive says:

"Although we have made great strides in helping to improve the care and support for people affected by Parkinson's, there is much still to be done.

"We know that many people with Parkinson's simply aren't able to access the services they need.

We're thrilled to have such an eminent neurologist leading our UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.

Steve Ford, Chief Executive

"We're thrilled to have such an eminent neurologist leading our UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.

"Professor Burn's wide-ranging clinical expertise and experience will be vital in helping us to ensure everyone with Parkinson's gets access to high-quality services that meet their needs throughout their Parkinson's journey."

Excited about new role

David says:

"I'm excited about taking on this new role. The quality of treatment and care Parkinson's patients currently receive varies greatly across the country.

"Not everyone with Parkinson's is cared for by expert Parkinson's clinicians, many patients are not given the information and support they need to manage the condition and not enough people are being enrolled on clinical trials.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Parkinson's community to bring about a real sea change in the delivery of Parkinson's services."