The audit provides valuable insight into Parkinson’s services and highlights areas for improvement. Fiona Lindop explains
Registration is now open for the 2019 UK Parkinson’s Audit, the recognised quality improvement tool for Parkinson’s. This is a chance to involve your service in a continuous improvement cycle and be part of a larger Parkinson’s community committed to service quality. With streamlined questions and a new, easy online data collection tool, getting involved is easier than ever.
It’s a great opportunity to develop your service and practice to ensure that people with Parkinson’s get the best evidence-based physiotherapy. It also opens doors to incentives, such as service improvement grants and other support, to help develop your service. There is plenty of time to collect the data once the audit opens and, with the new online data collection tool, it’s easy to input your data.
To be eligible, simply collect data from a minimum of 10 patients. Information can be collected during Parkinson’s assessment, review or intervention from 1 May to 30 September – the five-month data collection period.
Parkinson’s UK can help you with the registration process, which is quick and simple. There may also be in-house support to help you with the audit, which is listed in the 2019-20 HQIP Quality Accounts.
Audit evidence can be used to build business cases and attract service improvement funding. All services receive an Individual Service Report that benchmarks their data against UK-wide results, along with dedicated support to develop and deliver service improvement plans, as part of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network offer.
The audit forms an integral part of the Excellence Network, the one-stop shop for Parkinson’s education, collaboration, evidence and resources to drive forward service improvement.
- Fiona Lindop is a specialist physiotherapist at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust and UK Parkinson’s Audit physiotherapy lead
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