Authors: Professor David Burn, Clinical Director at Parkinson’s UK
The results of the 2015 UK Parkinson’s Audit, the largest dataset obtained to date about the quality of care provided to people with Parkinson’s across the UK, have now been released. Developed to address the concerns of professionals, patients and their representatives, the UK-wide clinical audit assesses the quality of care provided to people with Parkinson’s, across a range of clinical areas, against national guidelines. The Audit is coordinated by the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, of which I am Clinical Director – a unique collaboration between health and social care professionals and Parkinson’s UK, underpinned by the views and experiences of people affected by Parkinson’s.
As in previous years, information was collated from services including neurology, specialist nursing, geriatrics, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. However for the first time, a Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM) was also included, allowing us to gain a first-hand patient perspective. The 2015 Audit reports on the care provided to 8846 people living with Parkinson’s, while 5834 people with Parkinson’s and their carers additionally contributed to the PREM questionnaire.