Welcome to Understanding Parkinson's for health and social care staff.
This course was produced by the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.
As a health or social care professional you may provide care for people with Parkinson's. This may be in hospital, full-time residential care, in the community or in short-term respite care. It is likely that you will mostly come into contact with people with Parkinson's who are at the complex phase and this will be the focus on this course.
This programme has been endorsed by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until July 2020. Endorsement applies only to the educational content of the programme and does not apply to any product.
This course was shortlisted for the 2017 Scottish Charity Awards in the Demonstrating Digital and People's Choice categories.
You will work online in this course at a pace that suits you. It also gives you an opportunity to connect with your peers and you can use it as a framework to support group work with colleagues.
By studying the course you will have the opportunity to gain a digital badge – you need to click on the ‘Enrol’ button to be able to do the quizzes and earn the badge. You can find out more about the Understanding Parkinson's badge on the Course and badge information page.
This course is produced by the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network. It was originally produced as a face-to-face workshop course and has been re-versioned for online study with the support of the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Project.
Details of everyone involved in producing and funding this course can be found on the Acknowledgements page.
The following is a link to a short pre-learning questionnaire which we would like you to fill out before you start your course so that we can measure your current level of understanding. After completing your course, we will ask you to complete another short questionnaire to see if our service is making a difference. Please cut and paste this link into your browser http://surveys.parkinsons.org.uk/s/preimpact/ or click here before learning.
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Particular thanks and appreciation go to the J. Macdonald Menzies Trust, which provided the funding to enable the development of this learning programme and this course.
Next course review: July 2020
New course launched
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