Conferences & Events

The 12th National Conference

Multidisciplinary care in Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism
from science to practice conference

Held at the Royal College of Physicians, London

4th July 2007

The British Geriatrics Society Parkinson's Disease Special Interest Group's 12th annual conference focused on the 'from science to practice' theme. The programme recognised the fact that, while health and social care professionals all have their own area of expertise, effective team work requires an understanding of what is happening within other fields and how ideas are changing. The meeting considered what is new in multidisciplinary care and provided an update on Parkinson's related research, new clinical resources and service/training initiatives.

The day began by looking at current controversies relating to the medical care of Parkinson's. This was followed by dedicated forums of disciplines involved in the condition's management – physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and Parkinson's disease specialist nursing.

Dr Bastian Bloem, Medical Director of the Parkinson's Centre Nijmegen (ParC) in the Netherlands, also described the Dutch experience of setting up an integrated care network for Parkinson's families.

This was followed by a forum on the neuropsychiatric aspects of Parkinson's, including halluncinations, which can be particularly challenging in Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism.

The conference concluded with a presentation by Professor Derick Wade, Consultant/Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation and Clinical Director, Oxford Centre for Enablement, on multidisciplinary rehabilitation in Parkinson's and the recent NICE guidelines.

As in previous years, posters were an important part of the day and small prizes were awarded to the best three presentations.

Speaker biographies, abstracts and slides (where permission has been given to include them) can be accessed by clicking the links below:

  • Current controversies in the medical care of Parkinson's disease
    - Jerry Playfer's biography/abstract
    - Presentation

  • Speech and language therapy forum
    - Julia Johnson's/Nick Miller's biographies and abstract
    - Presentation

  • Occupational therapy forum
    - Angela Birleson's biography/abstract

  • Parkinson's disease nurse specialist forum
    - Linda Caie's/Tracey Ward's biography/abstract
    - Presentation

  • Integrated network care for Parkinson's families
    - Bastiaan Bloem's biography/abstract
    - Presentation

  • Physiotherapy forum
    - Fiona Lindop's/Mariella Graziano's biographies/abstract
    - Presentation 1
    - Presentation 2

  • Neuropsychiatric forum
    - Hallucinations in Parkinson's - who is vulnerable and can neuropsychological tests predict onset?
    - Daisy Whitehead's biography/abstract
    - Presentation

    - Neuropsychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease
    - Iracema Leroi biography/abstract
    - Presentation

    - The Parkinson's Disease Mental Health Clinic
    - Lee Sri Ghandi's/Marjorie Dolan's biographies/abstract
    - Presentation 1
    - Presentation 2

  • Rehabilitation was ignored by NICE - was this reasonable?
    - Derek Wade's biography/abstract
    - Presentation

  • Posters

    NB: The authors have allowed their presentations to be included on the MEP website for private educational study purposes only. Slides should not be reproduced for any other purpose without their permission.
    Contact details for each speaker are included with the biography and abstract that accompanies each presentation.