NNAG reports lessons from COVID-19

Knowledge
04 Jun 2021

The National Neuroscience Advisory Group (NNAG) recently published a report on the priorities in care for people living with neurological conditions following the coronavirus pandemic.

'Lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic' shares the impact of the pandemic on those living with neurological conditions, and the services which support them.

The report was developed using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data, and highlights:

  • an estimated backlog of more than 225,000 neurology appointments and 58,000 neurosurgery appointments at the end of 2020

  • increasing pressures created by a growing number of long-covid patients requiring neurological, neurorehabilitative, and neuropsychiatric support

  • a general 'slow down' in neurology referrals

  • a significant impact on the workforce, including a shortage of neuroscience professionals, increasing pressures on the NHS to catch up on the backlog, and supporting the wellness of professionals

  • exacerbation of pre-existing challenges and strain on services, particularly those facing rehabilitation services


A thorough summary of the key findings can be found online, as can the full report.

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