The Parkinson's Academy


07 Jul 2015

The Parkinson’s Academy was established in 2002 and the delivery of Parkinson’s Masterclasses are an innovative educational programme established by the Movement Disorders Section of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS). The Masterclass aim is to provide a structured training programme for senior members of the medical profession who desire formal training in both the clinical and managerial aspects of running a ‘Parkinson’s service’.

Each Masterclass to date has recruited a maximum of 25/30 participants to enable intensive training and support for each participant. The educational style of the Academy and been commended by the Department of Health (England) and by Parkinson’s UK for providing unique clinical skills enhancement and service development.
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At the end of 2013, twenty four Masterclasses will have been held producing over 950 trained specialists in Parkinson’s from all four countries of the UK and a number of international delegates from Australia and New Zealand respectively.
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Popularity has meant that two differing Masterclasses are run; a Classic Masterclass for Consultants, final year Registrar’s, GPWSI, Associate Specialists, Staff Grade Physicians and experienced PD Nurses. The Registrar's Masterclass is for non-final year Registrar’s, PD Nurses within the 1st 18 months of post, Pharmacists, Clinical Fellows and clinical lecturers.

Course graduates are also invited to attend further development and training programmes following graduation. This advanced training includes a mentorship programme and an Advanced Masterclass which is held approx every 18 months.

'The things you can't get from the books'

Parkinson's Academy, our original and longest running Academy, houses 19 years of inspirational projects, resources, and evidence for improving outcomes for people with Parkinson's. Led by co-founder and educational director Dr Peter Fletcher, the Academy has a truly collegiate feel and prides itself on delivering 'the things you can't get from books' - a practical learning model which inspires all Neurology Academy courses.