New learning pathway for Parkinson's nurses

20 Mar 2018

The Parkinson’s Academy is delighted to have collaborated with UK Parkinson's Excellence Network and Parkinson’s nurse specialists nationally to develop a comprehensive Parkinson’s Nurse Learning Pathway which is now available on the Parkinson’s UK website.

Many nurses find it difficult to select the right training opportunities to develop their skills so this bespoke resource is a new gateway for all nurses to access training opportunities regardless of their experience. The pathway identifies the availability of training courses by 'Agenda for Change' banding, including taught and self-learning opportunities. One of the courses included in the Learning Pathway is the Parkinson's Academy Foundation MasterClass.

Development of the learning pathway was undertaken through a wide consultation process after which the pathway was formulated. Training has been mapped to the Parkinson’s Nurse Competency Framework and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework to make it as easy as possible to identify and access relevant learning at whatever career stage a nurse is at.

Louise Ebenezer, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Parkinson's and Vice Chair of the Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist Association, was involved in creating the pathway says:

"The learning pathway should help both new and experienced nurses involved in the management of Parkinson's develop their unique learning needs."It ensures that when a nurse comes into post they will be able to access relevant courses to develop their role. I feel this is an exciting future for education and learning."

The Learning Pathway will be regularly updated and further learning pathways for allied health professionals and non-specialist health and social care staff involved in Parkinson's care will be published later this year on the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Learning Hub.

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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.