A little about us
The West Midlands Parkinson’s Network was founded in 2014 by Drs Lindahl and Strens, with the aim of bringing together all healthcare professionals who care for people with Parkinson’s. To date, the network has approximately 300 members.
The WNPN works closely with the third sector, including Parkinson’s UK, the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, the MSA Trust and the PSP Association. The WMPN seeks to raise awareness of the burden of Parkinson’s, to act as a united voice to lobby for improved services, to reduce inequity of service regionally, to develop regional pathways and guidelines and to develop standards of care for commissioners and providers.
Collaboration between WMPN members and other Parkinson’s networks in the UK avoids duplication of work, facilitates the sharing of best practice and the dissemination of examples of innovative practice.
Since our launch, the WMPN has achieved the following;
- Membership from all branches of the multidisciplinary team
- Generation of a new therapists’ network, working with existing Parkinson’s nurse networks
- Rolled out a system of admission alerts in acute hospitals, enabling earlier access to specialist hospital Parkinson’s teams
- Encouraged acute hospitals to ensure Parkinson’s drugs are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people admitted to hospital
- Shifted the emphasis of services from reactive to proactive, with new Parkinson’s-specific education, therapy and lifestyle management programmes