Coventry and Warwickshire Parkinson’s Network shortlisted for top award

NHS staff caring for people with Parkinson’s across Coventry and Warwickshire have been shortlisted for a top national award.

Parkinson’s UK has shortlisted the Coventry and Warwickshire Parkinson’s service for the inaugural Excellence Network Awards.

The local network was initially set up by specialist Parkinson’s doctors from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. It also includes colleagues from George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and local GP practices.

The Parkinson’s service aims to provide seamless care for patients to help them manage their condition.

As well as receiving their specialised treatments in University Hospital in Coventry, patients are able to see Parkinson’s nurses and physiotherapists closer to their homes in between their consultant appointments.

42 networks applied for the awards, but the Coventry and Warwickshire service was one of only seven to be shortlisted.

Dr Lucy Strens, Neurology Consultant at UHCW NHS Trust, who co-leads the Parkinson’s service, said:
“We’re all really proud to receive this recognition from Parkinson’s UK.

“The team across Coventry and Warwickshire work so hard to support people with Parkinson’s and their families from the moment they are first diagnosed.

“A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is life-changing, for both the individual and for their loved ones. As a team, we provide support not only for the physical movement problems this condition causes, but also for the non-motor and psychological symptoms people with Parkinson's commonly get. Our ambition is to enable people to stay as fit and well for as long as possible.”

The winner of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards will be announced on March 3, 2017, at the ‘10th Positive Steps in Parkinson's’ annual conference.


Notes to editors

The Parkinson’s Team at UHCW comprises four Consultants, hospital and community Parkinson’s Disease Nurses, a GP with a special interest in Parkinson’s, and Physiotherapy leads.

Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. The three main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor)
• slow movement
• stiff and inflexible muscles

It is thought that one person in every 500 is affected by Parkinson's disease. Most people with Parkinson's start to develop symptoms when they're over 50, although around 1 in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they're under 40.

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