This course is based on an award-winning learning programme, Understanding Parkinson’s for health and social care staff programme. The learning programme was developed by Fiona Barrett (formerly Parkinson’s UK) and much of the material in the elearning programme and guide was drawn and adapted from existing Parkinson’s UK resources originally developed for use by people with Parkinson’s, with additional material and activities developed by education staff. These resources were developed using consultation with people affected by Parkinson’s and health and social care professionals. The professionals consulted were from several disciplines including Parkinson’s specialist nurses. There was also input from two volunteers: Gary Hattie from Scottish Borders Group and Martin McGeehan from the Interclyde group, to support the Learning Programme. Our thanks and appreciations go to both for their invaluable insight and thoughtful comments during the development process.

This course was adapted from the learning programme and was developed by Claire Hewitt (Parkinson’s UK) with assistance from Pete Cannell and Ronald Macintyre (The Open University) as part of the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Project.

Particular thanks and appreciation go to the J. Macdonald Menzies Trust, which provided the funding to enable the development of the learning programme and this course.

The following materials in this course are All Rights Reserved. Please apply to the copyright holder to reuse these materials:

All images and figures in this course belong to Parkinson’s UK. Please contact Parkinson’s UK if you wish to reuse any of the images.

The animated table ‘The phases of Parkinson’s’ in Section 1.9 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] is adapted from a table in Understanding Parkinson’s for health and social care staff – resource book, which came from:

  • MacMahon, D.G. and Thomas, S. (1998) ‘Practical approach to quality of life in Parkinson’s disease’, Journal of Neurology, 245 (suppl 1) S19–22.
  • MacMahon, D.G., Thomas, S. and Campbell, S. (1999) ‘Validation of pathways paradigm for the management of PD’, Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 5:S53.

All videos in this course belong to Parkinson’s UK. Please contact Parkinson’s UK if you wish to reuse any of the videos.

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated in the acknowledgements section, this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

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