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Best Newcomer award for Parkinson's nurse
30 October 2014

‘Best Newcomer’ award for SCT Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist

Phil Cotterell, our Worthing-based community Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist, was presented with the 'Best Newcomer' award at the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association conference earlier this month.

Having worked in the Parkinson’s UK funded post for just 18 months, the judging panel were particularly impressed with Phil’s work in developing a community based service for people with advanced Parkinson’s and setting up a new nursing care checklist to help support patients in care homes.

Phil explains: “I was thrilled to receive this national award. I’ve developed the checklist directly with care home staff and feedback has been very positive. The checklist means that staff can monitor patients and look out for certain signs that might require follow-up with me, a GP or input from our admission avoidance team.”

Based within our neurological rehabilitation team, Phil offers an advisory and supportive service across a wide area of West Sussex from Littlehampton to Southwick and inland areas like Henfield and Storrington to people affected by Parkinson’s and related conditions.

“It can be difficult for the people I see to get to hospital clinics,” explains Phil. “They often have complex and fluctuating symptoms that require close monitoring and support, so I will visit patients and their families at home to offer medical, social and psychological support.

Speaking about Phil’s award, Andy Vincent, clinical manager at SCT, said: “Since Phil’s appointment we’ve had positive feedback from our patients and their carers who have already seen improvements to their care. I’m delighted that Phil has been presented with this very deserving award.

Phil’s appointment as a Parkinson’s specialist nurse followed a long campaign by the Worthing branch of Parkinson’s UK after they identified a gap in the local services for people affected by Parkinson’s in West Sussex.

Daiga Heisters, head of professional engagement and education at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Congratulations to Phil on receiving the Best Newcomer award. For people with Parkinson’s, having access to a Parkinson’s nurse can make a real difference and we’re thrilled that Phil has already been able to make such an impact in his local area.”

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