As for many chronic conditions, a multidisciplinary, team approach can often produce the best outcomes for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). With many health care professionals specifically qualified in PD working together in a coordinated manner, treatment can focus on current areas of concern and those that come up as the disease progresses. But questions arise as to how often the person with PD and care givers should visit their health care professionals, how to provide care with the least burden and disruption on them, and who should coordinate the care. As the director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the Royal Derby Hospital in the United Kingdom, Dr. Rob Skelly discusses the makeup of his team and how they approach patients at different stages of the disease.
- Professional Education: Resources
- Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s (ATTP®) Program
- Parkinson's Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program
- The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation
About This Episode
Released: February 11, 2020
Rob Skelly, MMedSci, FRCP
Dr Skelly is a Consultant Physician and at Royal Derby Hospital, in the United Kingdom. He has led the Derby Multidisciplinary Parkinson’s Team since 2001. The service is well known for close multidisciplinary working and has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Parkinson’s Foundation. Dr Skelly is a regional lead for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network and is chair of the British Geriatrics Society Movement Disorder Section. He is an honorary assistant professor at the University of Nottingham. He has published on Parkinson’s medication management for inpatients. He qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, in 1989. He worked for a time in Africa before training in geriatric medicine in Nottingham, UK.
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