Prof Annette Hand

Professor of Nursing (clinical)
Northumbria University

Annette has a clinical academic position and divides her time between three roles. She has worked within the Parkinson’s Northumbria Team for over 20 years, starting as the Research Associate before obtaining a nurse specialist post. For the past 15 years she has worked as a Nurse Consultant in Parkinson’s. Her main role is to co-ordinate the Parkinson’s service, assess and support patients and their families from diagnosis and manage the team of specialist nurses. She has worked on, and been involved with multiple research studies at a local, national and international level, including non-motor symptoms, examining sexual dysfunction, Information Prescriptions and Care Needs in Parkinson’s. Her doctorate focused on understanding carer stain and its relationship to care home placement for people with Parkinson’s. Annette was appointed to an Associate Professor post with Northumbria University last year in recognition of her research work within the field of Parkinson’s. Annette also has the national role of Clinical Lead for Nursing within the Parkinson’s UK Excellence Network, as part of the clinical leadership team. This role was developed to support service improvements through education, knowledge exchange and evidence based practice and support the role of the Parkinson’s Nurse across the UK.