A competency framework for nurses working in Parkinson's disease management (3rd edition)

This revised competency framework describes the competencies (in terms of knowledge, education and skills) required by specialist nurses to provide safe and effective care for people with Parkinson's.

Last reviewed
  • Access to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Care strategies
  • Infection and falls prevention, and bone health
  • Service improvement
  • Standardising assessments
Resource type
  • Tools
  • Nurse (Parkinson's nurse)
  • Complex
  • Diagnosis
  • End of life
  • Maintenance

It identifies a range of areas of competency at different levels of practice that reflect both the core aspects of professional nursing practice and the aspects specific to Parkinson's, with a particular focus on the patient experience.

This revision has been led by the Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist Association in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing and the Excellence Network.

It links to key issues linked to Agenda for Change and is in line with the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Therefore it can be used to support nurses through the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s revalidation process.

This resource will be reviewed again December 2026.

Download the Competency Framework for Parkinson's Nurses 2016 (PDF, 525KB)

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