To support therapists safely and efficiently restore treatment for people with Parkinson’s as lockdown restrictions ease, the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network has created a free online course ‘Restoration of Therapy Services Post-COVID-19’, available for all therapists in the UK.
Open to therapists, Parkinson’s nurses, doctors and any healthcare professionals who have an interest in Parkinson’s, the course will cover:
- The effects of lockdown on a patient living with Parkinson’s
- Resources and guidance available to support individuals recovering from COVID-19
- Overcoming issues and judging the suitability of virtual or face to face consultations for Parkinson’s patients
Combining both online learning modules and an optional webinar, attendees will also earn Continued Professional Development (CPD) points and a digital badge to show their learning.
Parkinson’s is a neurological condition causing muscle tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness, as well as non-motor symptoms, including anxiety, depression and hallucinations.
In the UK, 145,000 people are currently living with the condition and for many, treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy play a vital role in helping them manage their symptoms.
Concerningly, a survey conducted by charity Parkinson’s UK and University of Lancaster during the pandemic, found that over lockdown over a third of people with Parkinson’s experienced an increase in at least one of their symptoms.
The course will be delivered by Fiona Lindop a Specialist Physiotherapist and lead for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, based at the University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
“Although people with Parkinson’s are not at greater risk of contracting coronavirus, it can increase the motor and non-motor symptoms in those who do, especially those who are on advanced therapies. They are therefore classed by the NHS and government as clinically vulnerable.
“We also know that many people with Parkinson’s have experienced a deterioration in their condition during the pandemic, which is extremely worrying and may mean that crucial treatment programmes will need to be reviewed and adjusted.
“As we start to move out of lockdown into a ‘new normal’, this course is intended to support professionals working with Parkinson’s patients to feel confident about restoring their therapy safely and put in place effective measures, so people living with the condition can get back on track and feel empowered to take back control of their lives with Parkinson’s.”
To register for ‘Restoration of Therapy Services Post-COVID-19’ please visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/therapy-post-cov19