UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019

The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019 brought together colleagues from across health and care disciplines to share, learn and shape the future of Parkinson's care.

2021 Excellence Network Conference and Awards: save the date!

The 2021 virtual Excellence Network Conference and Awards dates have been announced. Details about nominations, entries and registration will be posted here over the next few months.

  • 2021 Excellence Network Awards - Thursday, 28 October, 18:00 - 20:00
  • 2021 Excellence Network Conference - Thursday, 4 November, all day

The Excellence Network Awards ceremony took place on 16 May 2019. In their third year, the awards recognised outstanding health and social care services for people affected by Parkinson's.

Read more about the awards and the 2019 winning services

The Excellence Network Conference then took place on 17 May. Presentations from award finalists led the programme. 

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Conference programme

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08:30 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and Introduction

  • Steve Ford, Chief Executive, Parkinson's UK 
  • Donald Grosset, Clinical Director, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

09:30 - 10:30

Excellence Network Award Winners

Chair: Donald Grosset, Clinical Director, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

10:30 - 11:15

Debate: A one-stop clinic is the most effective way to arrange multi-disciplinary resources.

Chair: Fiona Lindop, Therapy lead, UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network

  • Arguing for: Rob Skelly, Consultant Geriatrician, Royal Derby Hospital
  • Arguing against: Richard Walker, Consultant Geriatrician, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

11:15 - 11:45

Refreshment break and posters

11:45 - 13:15

Parkinson's research and the future of treatments 

Chair: Richard Walker, Medicine Lead, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

  • 11:45 - 12:15 A round-up of the latest Parkinson's research 
    • Monty Silverdale, Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • 12:15 - 12:45 Deep brain stimulation - best practice and more
    • Francesca Morgante, Consultant Neurologist, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 12:45 - 13:15 The future of treatments in Parkinson's: what can we learn from Alzheimer's
    • Catherine Mummery, Consultant Neurologist, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square

13:15 - 14:00


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14:00 - 14:30

People with Parkinson's and the Excellence Network 

Chair: Alison Leake, Engagement Lead, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

Jane Rideout, Regional Excellence Network Lead for South West Peninsula 

14:30 - 15:00

Palliative care and advanced planning 

Chair: Annette Hand, Nursing Lead, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

Venkata Chaitanya, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust 

15:00 - 15:15

Refreshment break

15:15 - 16:45

Parkinson's services: the next 10 years

  • 15:15 –-15:45 The future of services: an overview 
    • Neil Archibald, Regional Excellence Network Lead for North East and Cumbria
  • 15:45 - 16:15 Pharmacy in the future: a key MDT member?
    • Janine Barnes, Neurology Specialist Pharmacist and Chair of the Parkinson's Specialist Pharmacy Network (PDSPN)
  • 16:15 - 16:45 The future of digital technology and wearables in Parkinson's 
    • Lynn Rochester, Professor of Human Movement Science, Newcastle University

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Our conference committee

The conference programme was 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