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Understanding Parkinson’s for health and social care staff

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Understanding Parkinson’s for health and social care staff
    • Welcome to Understanding Parkinson's for health and social care staff.UK Parkinson's Excellence Network logo
      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.

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      This programme has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing until July 2022. Endorsement applies only to the educational content of the programme and does not apply to any product.


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      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.

      Understanding Parkinson's Sample text with Excellence Network logo including arrowsThis 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.

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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 2022

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    Gain a digital badge

    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.

  • This course is part of a collection

    This course is part of a collection

    This course is part of a collection of courses called UK Parkinson's Excellence Network. There are 2 courses in this collection so you may find other courses here that maybe of interest to you.

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  • Course learning outcomes

    In this course, you learn about:

    • what Parkinson’s is: parkinsonism, diagnosis, progression and phases
    • the impact of both motor and non-motor symptoms
    • the impact of cognitive and communication problems
    • managing Parkinson’s, including the key issues in medicines management

    24 CPD points have been awarded by Parkinson's UK for participants of this education programme.

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  • 24 hours study
  • Level 1: Introductory
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