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Knowledge gap in Parkinson's Disease care

A gap exists in the services, training and information available to mental healthcare nurses caring for people with Parkinson's Disease, says the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS).

The PDS has developed a two-year project with funding from the Department of Health to identify the exact training and information needs of mental health professionals who care for Parkinson's patients.

The scheme aims to raise awareness of and educate mental healthcare professionals and Parkinson's specialists about the impact of the condition on mental health.

Chief Executive of the PDS Steve Ford said: “We are delighted to have been awarded funding to enable us to help develop mental health services for people with Parkinson's; mental health issues can have a significant impact on people with Parkinson's and their families.

“The results of the survey will be used to inform the development of training materials including written materials, conferences and primary training courses to close this gap.

“By improving the knowledge and skills of these professionals we ultimately hope to improve the quality of mental health services provided with Parkinson's and in turn, improve their quality of life.”

Parkinson's Disease Society