NICE Parkinson's disease quality standard [QS164]
This quality standard covers care for adult Parkinson's Disease sufferers. It gives advice in areas including access to multi-disciplinary teams, care strategies, infection and falls prevention, information from diagnosis, inpatient care and medicines management and symptoms.
One of the reccomendations from this standard is that Adults with Parkinson's disease are referred to a physiotherapist for specialist treatment if they have problems with movement or balance. It is starting to emerge, that this referral should happen as early as possible after diagnosis.
Parkinson's disease affects balance and gait, which leaves the person at risk of falls, which can result in injury, loss of confidence and further reduced mobility and independence. Assessment of risk, prevention and education around the topic of falls is an important part of physiotherapy intervention for PD.
August 2019 saw a new NHS England toolkit to bridge gaps in progressive neurological services . Whilst there still remains work to be done, the NHS in this area have some services available for progressive neurological conditions. Sharp Neurological Physiotherapy can work alongside these services and can help signpost you to areas of service available when you need them.
Opportunities to be involved in research are often available and support for researching a cure for Parkinson's Disease is gaining momentum. Reach out to local charities to get involved.