About the service
The Parkinson’s nurse service provides care to patients, carers and families in Barnsley, enabling those patients who are newly diagnosed and throughout their illness to benefit from being managed in an environment suited to their individual needs.
The service provides individualised care, empowering people to manage their condition with the purpose of improving quality of life, improved access to services closer to home and greater choice of service provision.
The Parkinson’s nurse works closely with the consultant neurologists and elderly physician at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. They also work alongside general practitioners and other health and social care professionals to promote effective management of the condition.
Why would someone choose the service?
- Responsive service – advice can be given over the telephone and appointments can be offered within one to two days of contact
- Patient satisfaction surveys show 95% satisfaction across all areas of the service
- The services employ a highly specialised nurse who has experience in supporting people with Parkinson’s
- The Parkinson’s nurse has excellent links with consultant neurologists, general practitioners and other healthcare professionals to enable a high standard of care
Staff you may meet
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- Physiotherapists help people to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well being. This can help people to live more independently.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
Why a professional should choose the service
- The Barnsley Parkinson’s service is locally driven and has been developed to meet the specific needs of the patients living in Barnsley
- The service delivers against the service specification, led by the commissioners
- Patient satisfaction surveys show 95% satisfaction across all areas of the service and we have received no complaints
- The service provides a high standard of individualised care for people living in Barnsley who have Parkinson’s
- Medicines management
- Symptom management
- Support with condition and complexities of living with Parkinson’s
- Signpost to other services
- Crisis management
- Prevention of hospital admissions
- To provide an evidence-based specialised service aimed at improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. We also work in partnership with individuals to anticipate future care needs and support to patients and carers through the degenerative process
- Proactive management of the condition in order to improve health and wellbeing
- To empower people with Parkinson’s to live a full and active life whilst understanding the complexities of living with a degenerative long-term condition
- To educate patients, carers, health and social care professionals and the general public to improve knowledge and awareness of Parkinson’s disease whilst reducing the stigma attached to long-term conditions
- To ensure, following diagnosis, that effective management and support is delivered by appropriate health professionals
- To provide a resource regarding medication management
- Provide crisis management for people who develop neuropsychiatric complications, behaviour problems, falls or rapid decline in symptoms control
Referrals accepted from:
Consultants, GPs, Hospital staff, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Voluntary services
Referrals also accepted from:
Self-referrals are accepted from patients with an established diagnosis of Parkinson’s, consultant neurologists and other health care professionals.
- Over the age of 18
- Established diagnosis of Parkinson’s