Parkinson's Advanced MasterClass project winner!


Our 38th Parkinson's MasterClass met for module two of the course this week and presented their intermodule projects. As always, the standard of project work, and the impact of the delegates' learning on their daily work has been astounding.

A common theme amongst the majority of projects this time was, unsurprisingly, COVID-19 and its impact on services, personnel, and individuals with Parkinson's themselves. However, a wide variety of topics were explored, and a number of different approaches were taken. All of the posters detailing core aims, methods and findings are available in our online project space.

We would like to offer our congratulations to Dr Marie-Claire Grounds, winner of the MasterClass project award. Specialist registrar Marie's work centred around qualitative data gathering, as she examined patient and carer perspectives of Parkinson's telephone clinics during the COVID pandemic. Marie's work at NHS Fife gathered views on people's experiences of the telephone clinics via a questionnaire completed by 38 individuals. Her findings are shared in her project poster.

Our congratulations also go to the two runners up, both consultant geriatricians. Dr Hardi Hassan examined the use of a Parkinson's Kinetigraph in patient care in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, whilst Dr Eladia Ruiz-Mendoza reviewed the use of a rehabilitation unit for Parkinson's at North West Anglia Foundation NHS Trust during the first COVID-19 national lockdown.

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

Parkinson's Academy, our original and longest running Academy, houses 20 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.