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 M1 7JA.

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.

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 on Friday 17 May. 

The awards entry process closed at midnight on 28 February 2019, but updates on the judging process and finalists will be made available on the awards site.


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 final 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.

Registration from 12.00 onwards at the Barnes Wallis Building, main entrance.

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 Barnes Wallis building courtyard (weather permitting).   

Register at the Barnes Wallis Building, main entrance.

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

Discover which teams are winners of the 2019 Excellence Network Awards.

Harwood Room via Barnes Wallis Building main entrance.

Friday 17 May 2019

Morning Sessions

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

  • The Awards finalists will share details of their services

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 Lunch 

Afternoon Sessions

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch 

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

Coffee and posters

15:15 – 16:45

Parkinson's services: the next 10 years

Chair: Patsy Cotton, Innovation Lead, UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network

  • 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

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



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:

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

The closing date for submissons was Friday 8 March. 

Posters will be selected from abstracts by the Excellence Network Awards committee and authors notified in late March 2019. 

Two poster prizes will be awarded:

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

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 (opposite red sculpture). 

The venue is within walking distance of hotels to suit all budgets.

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

Transport and location

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

From Manchester Piccadilly: exit via escalators for Taxis/Fairfield Street. Immediately outside the station main entrance, turn right and cross London Road. Walk down London Road and turn right again immediately after passing under the railway viaduct, onto Altrincham Street. Continue straight ahead and to your left you will see the Barnes Wallis Building/Harwood; the conference entrance is on the left next to a large red sculpture of a magnet. 

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

Parking: An NCP car park is located on Sackville Street, approx. 2 minutes' walk from the venue. Please visit the car park website for pricing details.


The Barnes Wallis Building is within walking distance of hotels to suit all budgets.

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