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Neurological Conditions

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Professional Diploma in

Parkinson's Disease Care


NeuroEducation along with its partners Leeds Metropolitan University and the Parkinson’s Disease Society has worked to completely revise its Professional Diploma course in Parkinson’s Disease Care.  All course materials have been completely rewritten by subject specialists from the Parkinson’s Disease Society and the University to produce an innovative modular distance learning programme for health and social care professionals.

The effects of Parkinson's Disease can be devastating for both the individual and the immediate family. The medical condition itself will be monitored by GP and hospital services but the total management of care will encompass a range of people, including the immediate family and various social, health and other supportive services.

The quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease can be greatly influenced by the effectiveness of the professional help that is available. Many professional staff in health and social care have insufficient knowledge and appreciation of the special requirements and skills needed for the care of those with Parkinson's disease. Greater understanding of the nature of the clinical condition, and, most essentially, awareness of the importance and nature of the care of this often complex disorder should go some way to improve the quality of life for those affected, as well as their families.

Course Aims and Structure

a) The course
You will be provided with a distance learning programme that allows you to work at your own pace and leads to a recognised university qualification. The aim of the course is to enable you to gain knowledge, skills and an understanding of peoples’ experiences of living with Parkinson’s disease. The outcome of study will be enhanced clinical and social work practice including being able to interact appropriately with both those people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. The key aim is for you to be able to apply the knowledge gained from the course into your own professional area through the application of reflective practice.

b)  Course structure
Three modules are delivered by distance learning, in part-time mode and operate over a 15-week semester.  One introductory workshop supports all three modules. Please apply to the University for details of module start dates.

Modular Format

a)  Diagnosis and assessment of Parkinson’s disease
This module addresses:  Processes of diagnosis and assessment; delivery of multi-disciplinary care; role of the MDT members in providing diagnosis and assessment; clinical guidelines and outcome measures; theory and research underpinning practice.

b)  Management of Parkinson’s disease
This module addresses:  Theory and research underpinning current practice in the management of people who have Parkinson’s disease; evidence for the effectiveness of the management of associated symptoms; guidelines and implications for practice; role of the MDT within the process of the management of the person who has Parkinson’s disease.

c)  Psychosocial issues in Parkinson’s disease care
This module addresses: Theory and research of psychological changes and the evidence for effective management; psychological and social impact of symptoms in people who have Parkinson’s disease; role of the MDT within the process of the management of psychological symptoms; ethical, advocacy and disability issues.

The award of Professional Diploma in Parkinson’s Disease Care is based on successful completion of all three modules. Each module carries 15 credits at undergraduate level 6. 

Award and Admission

a)  The award
The award of Professional Diploma in Parkinson’s Disease Care is based on successful completion of all three modules. Each module carries 15 credits at undergraduate level 6. Assessment for the modules incorporates a choice of topic within a framework that requires demonstration and communication of knowledge and reflection on implications for practice. Students who wish to gain the award of Professional Diploma are required to register for all three modules in the first instance.

b)  Admission requirements
The course is suitable for health or social care professionals who are in full or part time employment relevant to practice in Parkinson’s disease care. All participants will normally have completed an appropriate course equivalent to the first year of a university degree course, e.g. Cert/Dip HE, HNC/D or completed a course at a lower level but have sufficient health or social work experience.

Acceptance to study for the award is at the discretion of the University.