UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019

The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards will bring together the Parkinson's professional community to share, learn and shape the future of UK Parkinson's services.

16 - 17 May 2019, Barnes Wallis Building, Manchester.

Excellence Network Awards

The Excellence Network Awards, now in their third year, recognise outstanding health and social care services for people affected by Parkinson's.

The 2019 awards ceremony forms part of the Excellence Network Conference. Presentations from award winners will lead the conference programme. 

Do you work with an outstanding team? Visit the awards site to find out more and enter. 

Excellence Network Conference

The Excellence Network Conference offers a unique opportunity to join colleagues from across health and care disciplines in debating the future of Parkinson's care.


Thursday 16 May 2019

The Conference and Awards open with a welcoming drinks reception, leading into the dinner and awards ceremony.

Friday 17 May 2019

Friday offers a full day of debate, presentations and future-scoping. Including talks from leading experts in the UK Parkinson's professional community.

Check below for the latest programme details.

Prior to the awards, pre-conference meetings will take place for committees and specialist groups. Attendance by invite only.   

Thursday 16 May 2019

Pre-conference meetings

Meeting invites and details will be sent out by chairs.

Please note pre-conference meetings attendees need to book conference and awards registrations separately. 

Meetings will finish by 18:00 to allow changeover time for awards attendees. 

18:00 - 19:00 Drinks reception

Join colleagues at a welcoming drinks reception with entertainment. To be held in the venue's gardens (weather permitting).   

19:00 - 21:30 Dinner and Excellence Network Awards

Discover which teams are winners of 2019 Excellence Network Awards.

Friday 17 May 2019

Morning Sessions

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and Introduction

09:15 - 10:15

Excellence Network Award Winners

10:15 – 11:00

Debate: What is the most effective use of multi-disciplinary resources?

11:00 – 11:30

Refreshment break and posters

11:30 – 13:00

Parkinson's research updates 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Posters

Network with colleagues and explore their work to improve Parkinson's care.

Abstract submissions are now open for service improvement posters. 

Afternoon Sessions

14:00 – 14:30

People with Parkinson's and the Excellence Network 

14:30 – 15:00

Palliative care and advanced planning 

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee and posters

15:30 – 17:00

Parkinson's services: the next 10 years

17:00 – 17:10

Closing remarks


Registrations will launch Monday 26 November 2018.

Conference registrations are free, however a refundable deposit is charged for bookings.

Limited spaces available - register early to avoid disappointment. 

Ticket types

The two registration types available are:

  • Conference and Awards dinner registration: Thursday 16 - Friday 17 May 2019
  • Conference registration only: Friday 17 May 2019

Pre-conference meetings on Thursday 16 May 2019 are by invite only. Meeting attendees need to register for the conference separately.  

Register now

Poster abstracts

Showcase your work to your peers. Abstract submissions are now open for service improvement posters. The deadline for submission is Friday 8 March 2019.

All abstracts that showcase a service improvement project in Parkinson's care are welcomed. Broad interpretations of what improvement projects and teams can look like are encouraged.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words. All posters must include a plain English summary, also 500 words max. Plain English summary guidance available from NIHR Involve.

Two poster prizes will be awarded:

  • Best project - awards committee judged
  • People's choice - judged by people with Parkinson's 

Limited poster space is available, posters will be selected from abstracts by the Excellence Network Awards committee and authors notified in late March 2019. 

Entries for both Excellence Network Awards and poster abstract are welcomed, however awards finalists will not be invited to submit posters. 

Submit poster abstract

Travel and accommodation

The Barnes Wallis Building is less than five minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. Conference access via the first floor walk way only. 

Negotiated accommodation rates are available to delegates registering before Thursday 18 April 2019.

Codes for negotiated rates will be sent with registration confirmations.

Transport and location

Transport, parking and other local facilities can be viewed on the University of Manchester's interactive maps.

Please note, due to extensive roadworks in 2019 we recommend using public transport where possible. 

If you require a car parking space, an NCP car park is located on Sackville Street, approx. 2 minutes' walk from the venue. Please visit their website for further details.


Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau is the official accommodation provider the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019. 

All rooms are held on an online system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card.  

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on Thursday 18 April 2019, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room.

For queries about your booking, please contact Marketing Manchester on +44 (0)161 238 4563 or via email [email protected]

Photo of clinical team leads

Our conference committee

The conference programme has been shaped by the Excellence Network clinical leadership team:

Clinical Director for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, Donald Grosset

Leadership team: Patsy Cotton (conference co-lead), Richard Walker (conference co-lead), Fiona Lindop, Alison Leake, Annette Hand