Parkinson's: Supporting the family unit and care partners (Excellence Network)

An online course examining how to support the families and care partners of people with Parkinson's for health and social care professionals.

3 hours
Event / learning type

Who is the course for?

All health and social care professionals working with people living with Parkinson's, their families and care partners and employees of Parkinson's UK.

​​​What will participants learn?

The course focuses on the following areas:

  • What is a care partner?
  • The impact of Parkinson's on care partners, and the family unit
  • How to identify care partners that are struggling
  • The importance of including care partners and the family unit in conversations
  • Types of communication with care partners
  • Data protection and legal issues surrounding working with care partners
  • Advice on how to support care partners and families of people living with Parkinson's
  • Advice on how to support care partners and family members of different ages, for different stages of Parkinson's

How does it work?

This course will give you access to multimedia resources about how to best support the families and care partners of people living with Parkinson's. You'll be able to read, watch and listen to multimedia and interactive resources that have been chosen by experts, and knowledgeable care partners. You'll then attend an optional webinar (or watch a recorded version) to discuss what you have learnt, the challenges and solutions. You'll then take an assessment (multiple choice quiz) to demonstrate what you've learnt.

You can log in at any time to this self-directed learning to work through the course and assessment at a pace that suits you. A certificate and digital badge are available to download once you have passed the quiz. The course, webinar and assessment should take a minimum of 3 hours to complete. The 3 hours are split between the initial discussion presentations, the additional learning/resources and the webinar. Each of these takes approximately 1 hour. If you fully engage with all the supporting resources and guidance it will take longer.