Parkinson's Tailored Management course

14 Jul 2021

We are delighted to announce our first educational package addressing the in-depth management of Parkinson's on a daily basis.

Developed by two experienced Parkinson's nurse specialists, Louise Ebenezer and Jane Price, our brand new course is fully virtual and provides a practical how-to guide for anyone looking to understand or improve how they support people with Parkinson's to live well.

Louise Ebenezer

Clinical nurse specialist for Parkinson’s disease, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Jane Price

Parkinson’s disease nurse advanced practitioner, Powys Teaching Health Board

The course comprises two specific modules; the first focussed on medication management, and the second, on management and treatment of non-motor symptoms. Each session addresses a particular element of management through a mixture of background and evidence base, patient stories and complex case studies. Covering therapeutic and lifestyle management as well as pharmacologic options, delegates are guided through the full patient journey for that aspect of management, from the practical to the emotional, resulting in a clear picture of optimal care tailored to each individual with Parkinson's.

Each module is completed via six on-demand sessions with relevant background reading or additional resources which can be accessed at any time. Assessment tools needed, pitfalls and red flags to watch for, possible interrelationships to be aware of, and a whole host of useful tips pepper each session.

Module 1: Medicines Management is available online now and looks at oral and non-oral treatments and approaches across:

  1. Levodopa

  2. Dopamine agonists

  3. Adjuvant treatments, i.e. Amantadine, COMT, MAOB inhibitors and Trihexiphenidyl

  4. Non-oral therapies - Apomorphine

  5. Non-oral therapies - Duodopa

  6. Deep Brain Stimulation

Module 2: Managing non-motor symptoms, will be launched on 1st August 2021 and covers:

  • Neuropsychiatric part 1 (mood disorders)

  • Neuropsychiatric part 2 (cognition)

  • Autonomic part 1 (bladder, bowel, erectile dysfunction, and orthostatic hypotension)

  • Autonomic part 2 (speech, drooling, nausea and dysphagia)

  • Sleep

  • Sensory processing and pain

To find out more, and to hear Dr Peter Fletcher introduce the course in more detail, follow the link below:

'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.