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Nurse-led team commended for specialist Parkinson’s disease service

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s nursing home clinic is highly commended in UK’s first awards for work with Parkinson’s disease.
Excellence Network Awards 2017

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards nursing home clinic is highly commended in UKs first awards for work with Parkinsons disease.

A nurse-led team that offers support for people with complex Parkinsons needs in nursing homes has been highly commended in the first UK Parkinsons Excellence Network Awards.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards nurse-led nursing home clinic was set up after consultations with people with Parkinsons disease.

Taking the service into nursing homes rather than expecting people to go to the clinic makes the service less stressful for people with Parkinsons, says one of the clinics two specialist nurses.

Distressing

Tracy Williams, Parkinsons specialist nurse for Cardiff and Vale

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Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s nursing home clinic is highly commended in UK’s first awards for work with Parkinson’s disease.

Excellence Network Awards 2017
Left to right: broadcaster John Stapleton, Dr Biju Mohamed, pharmacist Diana Fletcher, Dr Maria Oliver,
Parkinson’s specialist nurses Tracy Williams (with the award) and Sandra Mahon, and Dr Chris Thomas

A nurse-led team that offers support for people with complex Parkinson’s needs in nursing homes has been highly commended in the first UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s nurse-led nursing home clinic was set up after consultations with people with Parkinson’s disease.

Taking the service into nursing homes rather than expecting people to go to the clinic makes the service less stressful for people with Parkinson’s, says one of the clinic’s two specialist nurses. 

Distressing

Tracy Williams, Parkinson’s specialist nurse for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s nurse-led home clinic, said: ‘People were coming into the clinic and finding it distressing. 

‘Having to get up early in the morning and get into ambulances was a struggle for them, as they are usually wheelchair bound.

‘People need access to special Parkinson’s services, not just when they are diagnosed, but up to and including death and dying,’ she added.

Judges of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards said the work of the nursing home clinic ‘demonstrates beautifully the difference that Parkinson’s nurses make’.

The awards are run by the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, set up two years ago by Parkinson’s UK. They were presented this year by broadcaster John Stapleton at the Positive Steps in Parkinson’s conference in Leicestershire.

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