Progressive Neurological Conditions Toolkit published

NHS experts have joined forces with seven leading charities to produce a toolkit that will help local health groups improve services for people with brain and nerve conditions.

Created with Parkinson’s UK, MS Society, MS Trust, MND Association, Sue Ryder, MSA Trust and PSP Association, the toolkit will help local health groups improve services for people with conditions including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Parkinson’s, including rolling out fast-tracked blood tests and and consultant appointments over Skype for those who want them.

NHS England believes that up to 2,500 emergency admissions to hospital a year could be avoided for patients with these conditions as a result, with up to £10 million freed up to fund improved services. As such, people will also be supported to better understand and manage their symptoms at home, and to take a more informed and active role in making decisions about the treatment they receive.

Dawn Chamberlain, Programme Director – Clinical Improvement at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “This is an opportunity for the NHS to work directly with patients and their families to deliver better care closer to home for the thousands of people with progressive neurological conditions.

“As they work with staff, patients and stakeholders to implement the NHS Long Term Plan, this toolkit provides the information local health leaders need to understand how to deliver high quality neurology services. Many areas are already providing high quality care in line with best practice, and by supporting others to come up to the same standard, we can deliver faster, more joined-up and better care for thousands more people – supporting them to stay well in their own homes.”

The Progressive Neurological Conditions Toolkit is the latest publication from the NHS RightCare programme, which was set up to provide support to local CCGs to improve care in key areas, based on the best-available data, evidence and intelligence.

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