Is there a relationship between the provision of Parkinson’s disease services and admissions for Parkinson’s related disorders to mental health beds in the Greater Manchester area?

By Dr Sean Lennon consultant old age psychiatrist Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust



To understand if liaison between Parkinson’s disease (PD) services and mental health services could affect the risk of a mental health admission.


  • Each of the Greater Manchester districts (Manchester, Salford, Trafford, and Bolton) has a PD service with PD nurses. Only Salford has a neuropsychiatry service
  • Old age psychiatrists in Manchester, Salford, and Trafford have routine but informal links with the local PD service. In Salford, a formal link was established in November 2020 as part of a pilot project
  • Mental health ward admissions among people with PD vary across Greater Manchester
  • The presence of a neuropsychiatry service in Salford may affect admission rates
  • The existence of links between PD and mental health services may affect admission rates

Key findings

Between January 2019 and September 2020, 34 people with a diagnosis of PD, PD dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), were admitted to mental health inpatient services in Greater Manchester.

  • Eleven were in Bolton, which has an estimated 524 cases of PD, PDD, and DLB
  • Two were in Salford, which has an estimated 399 cases
  • Six were in Trafford, which has an estimated 455 cases
  • Five were in Manchester, which has an estimated 559 cases