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PDS receives funding to help train healthcare professionals

PDS receives funding to help train healthcare professionals
18th January 2008

The Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) has developed a two-year project to help identify the exact training and information needs of mental health professionals caring for Parkinson's disease patients.

Using funding from the Department for Health, the PDS will attempt to fill the gap it feels exists in services, training and information available to mental healthcare nurse working with Parkinson's patients.

The scheme will be launched by conducting a survey to identify exactly what training needs improving.

Chief executive of the charity, 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."

Mr Ford added that developing the knowledge and skills of professionals would ultimately improve the quality of care for patients and in turn boost their quality of life.

According to the PDS, one in 500 individuals in the UK has Parkinson's disease.

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