The Plymouth Neurology Parkinson's Service team pick up their award

The Neurology Parkinson’s Service at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, with input from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, are winners at the first UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network Awards.

The awards are the first of their kind and recognise and celebrate the outstanding services that make a difference to people in the UK affected by Parkinson’s.

Dr Camille Carroll, Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Derriford Hospital and Research Fellow in Clinical Neuroscience at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, said: 

“I am delighted that our service has won this award – it is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the whole team, particularly the patients and their families who work with us and guide our efforts. We still have a long way to go, exemplified by the fantastic services developed by the other finalists across the country. However, winning this award inspires us to continue to work with people and families affected by Parkinson’s to reshape and improve the services we provide.”

The Plymouth Neurology Parkinson’s Service works hard to address patient-identified priorities by embedding patient-led Peninsula Parkinson’s Excellence Network projects within the service. This includes improving the quality of care received by people with Parkinson’s when they are admitted to hospital, and supporting people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s via our nurse-led new diagnosis pathway.

Clinical Director of the Excellence Network, Professor David Burn, said: 

“It is wonderful to be able to highlight and celebrate some of the fantastic services that support people with Parkinson’s every day. We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries and I would like to congratulate Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s Neurology Parkinson’s Service on its success in the first ever year of our awards. By coming forward to share its innovations, it will have encouraged others to adopt similar improvements – meaning better services for those affected by Parkinson’s across the UK.”

These awards are the first of their kind for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, which launched in 2015 with the aim of revolutionising the way health and social care services are delivered to those with this degenerative, neurological condition. It encourages professionals to work together for change, build an expert workforce, influence services and strengthen the voice of people affected.