Celebrating the winners of the Excellence Network Awards 2018.
The winners of the 2nd UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Awards were announced on Thursday 25 January, in a ceremony held at Birmingham's REP Theatre.
Award-winning journalist and television presenter John Stapleton opened the show:
"Tonight we come together to celebrate great care for people affected by Parkinson's. Care that makes a difference not only in the consultation room, but to people's everyday lives."
LEEDS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PARKINSON'S COLLABORATIVE, LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITAL NHS TRUST
A hospital-based multidisciplinary quality improvement team focusing on improving the quality of inpatient care, specifically ensuring that people with Parkinson's get medication on time.
They have launched an 'intervention bundle' and a rolling education programme which has seen a decrease in missed and omitted doses.
EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS IN-REACH SERVICE FOR PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE, SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
The service has implemented a structured framework of assessment for patients with Parkinson's who are unexpectedly admitted to acute hospital care. This has been achieved by developing a standardised tool termed the 'MODEL-PD' Emergency Care Bundle within the electronic patient record.
Using this they have delivered consistent and reliable targeted interventions in medication management, delirium screening and advice on emergency non-oral treatment strategies. This has also seen the median length of stay fall by 2 days.
PARKINSON'S DEMENTIA SERVICE, CARDIFF AND VALE HEALTH BOARD
Incorporating Parkinson's dementia diagnosis, initiation of treatment, advice and follow up into the usual clinic routine has resulted in a much more streamlined and holistic service for people with Parkinson's, their carers and family members.
ending on a high
Dr Donald Grosset, Clinical Director of the Excellence Network, closed the evening with a reference to Robert Burns' heartwarming poem O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast - a poem written as an ode to his nurse, whose care made a huge difference during his final days.
Ending the evening with a resounding message of positivity, Donald concluded:
"What we've learnt from this evening is that if we work together and support people affected by Parkinson's - we will make a difference".