Putting people with Parkinson’s disease back in control
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Putting people with Parkinson’s disease back in control

Laura Cockram Policy and campaigns manager, Parkinson’s UK, London
Katherine French Service development manager, Parkinson’s UK, London
Daiga Heisters Head of professional engagement and education, Parkinson’s UK, London
Val Buxton Director of external relations, Parkinson’s UK, London

Laura Cockram and colleagues describe the work of Parkinson’s UK in developing an excellence network to improve disease-specific services, including a campaign to increase the number of Parkinson’s specialist nurses across the UK

This article outlines how health and social care services need to enable people with Parkinson’s disease to take control of their lives and what Parkinson’s UK is doing in partnership with health and social care professionals to achieve this. It describes the development of an excellence network to link professionals and lead improvements in services, and highlights the importance of getting the right care at the right time. Nurses have an important role in improving the patient experience by enabling people with the condition to have better control of their treatment and their lives.

Primary Health Care. 24, 10, 20-24. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.10.20.e945



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 December 2013

Accepted: 25 February 2014