Neurology Network Managers Meeting
Free to attend for NHS and related professionals, these half-day national network meetings will cover all the topical issues needed to deliver neurology services.
Welcome to the National Neurology Network’s website for service managers and commissioners
Many Neurology Divisional Service Managers and commissioners do not have a clinical background and may have a relatively low appreciation of the complexities and interconnectedness of elements of neurology services and of ‘what works’. This impairs their ability to act as strong advocates for people living with long term neurological conditions.
Since Neurology was de-prioritised in 2016 with the departure of the National Clinical Director and the removal from Regional Clinical Networks, local commissioners have lost sight of the importance of Neurological services and rarely include Neurology service improvement in their commissioning priorities. There is now a critical need for local leaders to communicate the opportunities to improve Neurological services to address this unmet need in what is a high spend area for the NHS, and Divisional Business Managers are well placed to take on that role.
From this network we will be supporting service managers to promote the commissioning of high quality, outcomes focused, value for money neurology services that align to Integrated Care System models and Primary Care Networks
Overall meeting objectives
- To ensure managers are aware of operational issues that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Actively discuss care pathway models that have emerged in the pandemic
- To understand what elements of care should be provided in face to face contacts and could use alternative virtual models
- To highlight models of care that have emerged in the pandemic
- Ultimately ensure patients have equitable access to:
- appropriate, coordinated care
- treatment modalities as needed
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This meeting is supported by sponsorship from Allergan, Biogen Idec Ltd and Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd. The sponsors have had no involvement in the organisation or educational content of the meeting.
SpeakersProf Adrian Williams
Consultant Neurologist and Professor of Clinical Neurology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Sue Thomas
Neurology Healthcare Consultant Julie Riley
Divisional Director Neurology, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust Georgina Carr
CEO, Neurological Alliance Joela Mathews
Lead Neuroscience Pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust Ruth Stross
MS Specialist Nurse, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust Dr Agne Straukiene
Consultant Neurologist, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust John Gillies-Wilkes
Interim Assistant Director of Care, Motor Neurone Disease Association Fredi Cavander-Attwood
Policy Manager for Health and Social Care, MS Society Adine Adonis
Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Neurology, St Marys Hospital, Imperial College NHS Trust Dr Tim Nicholson
Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London Dr Sue Copstick
Consultant Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust