Course Profile

Course Profile: Parkinson’s Disease (Half Day)
Parkinson's Disease can be a very distressing condition that is exacerbated by unskilled and uninformed support staff. Care and support needs to be delivered with sensitivity and attention to ensuring the Dignity and Respect that is the person's right.
This course aims to help learners identify the impact and progression of the Disease and how they can identify the changing needs and the effect on the individual both physically, psychologically and socially and be able to respond appropriately. The course is informed by NICE guidelines and material by the Parkinson's Disease Society. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.2; HWB 1.2; 3.2; 4.2; 5.2
Care certificate: 1, 5, 7, 8, 13.5
QCF: HSC024; 026; 2004; 2005;  2007; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; SHC021
The course is designed for ealth and social care workers in a range of settings.



Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is Parkinson’s Disease, the statistics, signs & symptoms
  • How the disease progresses
  • The impact of Parkinson’s Disease on the individual
  • How dignity, autonomy, promoting independence and an holistic approach can enhance the quality of life of the individual
  • How Person Centred principles need to be integrated into a support plan
  • The changing needs of the individual and risk assessments
  • Specific problems of communication and social isolation
  • How to respond to these
  • How to support those involved and supporting the person
  • Methods of support
  • The challenges in supporting and how to meet these
  • Skills required for effective care
  • How to respond to the physical and mental needs of a stroke in a person
  • A medical perspective; Drug treatments available, timing of same and side effects
  • The effectiveness and importance of using multi-agencies and team working
  • NICE guidance and government strategies
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Handouts, PowerPoint, Small and larger Group Work; Practice examples, Chalk and Talk, Ideas Shower