Dr Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist with The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, and UK Parkinson's Excellence Network contributor, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year's Honours 2019.
Dr Barnes has worked in the innovative role of neurology specialist pharmacist since 2009. This was the first role in the UK to combine prescribing and managing Parkinson's (her specialist area) with educating primary and secondary care staff on neurology.
Janine works for the Trust 4 days a week and, in her own time, works tirelessly to support Parkinson's patients both locally and nationally.
She is chair of the recently launched Parkinson's Disease Specialist Pharmacy Network (PSDPN), a national network aimed at upskilling pharmacists in the management of Parkinson's.
The PDSPN is supported by Parkinson's UK as part of the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network – bringing health and social care professionals together to transform care for people with Parkinson's.
Janine has additionally worked with the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network to develop Parkinson's information booklets for hospital and community pharmacists.
Janine was also recognised for her work with NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – in drawing up the updated Parkinson's guidelines. She has been chosen to sit on the NICE guideline committee which will review the use of cannabis products in neurological conditions.
She said: "I am delighted to be awarded the MBE in recognition of all the additional work that I do over and above my employed job.
"I am very passionate about my innovative neurology specialist pharmacist role and I also pride myself in good patient care and safe prescribing for the people I manage with Parkinson's.
"Dudley showed great innovation in the formation of my role in 2009, and we have continued to develop it since.
"It has enabled us to significantly improve the patient experience of people with Parkinson's by reducing waiting times and allowing treatment closer to home.
"As the benefit of the role has become apparent, I have been involved in replicating it in a number of other health authorities. I feel very privileged to be able to help people with Parkinson's and their relatives and I am very fortunate to meet many lovely people on a daily basis."