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New guide aims to promote benefits of specialist care for neurological conditions

New guide aims to promote benefits of specialist care for neurological conditions
8th May 2008

A new guide had been released with the aim of highlighting the problems surrounding care for patients with neurological conditions.

'Long Term Neurological Conditions - A Good Practice Guide to the Development of the Multidisciplinary Team and the Value of the Specialist Nurse' has been produced by the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Epilepsy Action and the Parkinson's Disease Society, along with the Department of Health, Royal College of Nursing and NHS National Workforce Projects.

The guide aims to outline the best practice and educate health commissioners on the benefits of specialist nurse positions to deal with these conditions.

Ann Keen MP, minister for Health Services, said: "This guide is bound to become invaluable for service managers, staff and commissioners aspiring to excellence in the treatment of long term conditions."

She added that the guide shows that being able to deliver effective care does not mean spending more money but "ensuring that the best methods of teamwork, planning and treatment are in place".

Meanwhile, in related news, a recent survey revealed that more than a quarter of UK Parkinson's sufferers have never spoken to a specialist nurse regarding their condition.