UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019

The UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards will bring together the Parkinson's professional community to share, learn and shape the future of UK Parkinson's services.

16-17 May 2019, Barnes Wallis Building, Manchester.

Excellence Network Conference

The Excellence Network Conference offers a unique opportunity to join colleagues from across health and care disciplines in debating the future of Parkinson's care.

Excellence Network Awards

The Excellence Network Awards, now in their third year, recognise outstanding health and social care services for people affected by Parkinson's.

The 2019 awards ceremony forms part of the Excellence Network Conference. Presentations from award winners will lead the conference programme on Friday 17 May. 

The awards entry process closed at midnight on 28 February 2019, but updates on the judging process and finalists will be made available on the awards site.


Thursday 16 May 2019

The Conference and Awards open with a welcoming drinks reception, leading into the dinner and awards ceremony.

Friday 17 May 2019

Friday offers a full day of debate, presentations and future-scoping. Including talks from leading experts in the UK Parkinson's professional community.

Check below for the latest programme details.

Prior to the awards, pre-conference meetings will take place for committees and specialist groups. Attendance by invite only.   

Thursday 16 May 2019

Pre-conference meetings

Meeting invites and details will be sent out by chairs.

Please note pre-conference meetings attendees need to book conference and awards registrations separately. 

Meetings will finish by 18:00 to allow changeover time for awards attendees. 

18:00 - 19:00 Drinks reception

Join colleagues at a welcoming drinks reception with entertainment. To be held in the venue's gardens (weather permitting).   

19:00 - 21:30 Dinner and Excellence Network Awards

Discover which teams are winners of 2019 Excellence Network Awards.

Friday 17 May 2019

Morning Sessions

08:30 - 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and Introduction

  • Steve Ford, Chief Executive, Parkinson's UK 
  • Donald Grosset, Clinical Director, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network

09:30 - 10:30

Excellence Network Award Winners

  • The winners will share details of how they developed and improved their outstanding services

10:30 – 11:15

Debate: What is the most effective use of multi-disciplinary resources?

  • A lively debate on the best way to arrange an MDT

11:15 – 11:45

Refreshment break and posters

11:45 – 13:15

Parkinson's research updates: DBS and Genetics 

  • A round-up of the latest Parkinson's research 
    • Monty Silverdale, Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Deep brain stimulation - best practice and more
    • Francesca Morgante, Consultant Neurologist, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Genetics and the future of Parkinson's treatments
    • Catherine Mummery, Consultant Neurologist, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch 

Afternoon Sessions

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch 

14:15 – 14:45

People with Parkinson's and the Excellence Network 

  • Jane Rideout, regional Excellence Network lead for South West Peninsula 

14:45 – 15:15

Palliative care and advanced planning 

  • Venkata Chaitanya, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust 

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee and posters

15:45 – 17:30

Parkinson's services: the next 10 years

  • The future of services: an overview 
    • Neil Archibald, regional Excellence Network lead for North East and Cumbria
  • Pharmacy in the future: a key MDT member?
    • Janine Barnes, Neurology Specialist Pharmacist and Chair of the Parkinson's Specialist Pharmacy Network (PDSPN)
  • The future of digital technology and wearables in Parkinson's 
    • Lynn Rochester, Professor of Human Movement Science, Newcastle University
  • The future of Parkinson’s UK services 
    • Val Buxton, Director of Strategic Intelligence and Excellence, Parkinson's UK

17:30 – 17:40

Closing remarks

  • Donald Grosset, Clinical Director, UK Parkinson's Excellence Network



Conference registrations are free, however a refundable deposit is charged for bookings.

Limited spaces available - register early to avoid disappointment. 

Ticket types

The two registration types available are:

  • Conference and Awards dinner registration: Thursday 16 - Friday 17 May 2019
  • Conference registration only: Friday 17 May 2019

Pre-conference meetings on Thursday 16 May 2019 are by invite only. Meeting attendees need to register for the conference separately.  

Register now

Poster abstracts

The closing date for submissons was Friday 8 March. 

Posters will be selected from abstracts by the Excellence Network Awards committee and authors notified in late March 2019. 

Two poster prizes will be awarded:

  • Best project - awards committee judged
  • People's choice - judged by people with Parkinson's 

Travel and accommodation

The Barnes Wallis Building is less than five minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly station. Conference access via the first floor walk way only. 

Negotiated accommodation rates are available to delegates registering before Thursday 18 April 2019.

Codes for negotiated rates will be sent with registration confirmations.

Transport and location

Transport, parking and other local facilities can be viewed on the University of Manchester's interactive maps.

Please note, due to extensive roadworks in 2019 we recommend using public transport where possible. 

If you require a car parking space, an NCP car park is located on Sackville Street, approx. 2 minutes' walk from the venue. Please visit their website for further details.


Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau is the official accommodation provider the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network Conference and Awards 2019. 

All rooms are held on an online system, allowing you to book and secure your own accommodation using either pro-forma invoices or credit/debit card.  

Negotiated delegate rates will be available to book until the end of the day on Thursday 18 April 2019, so please book as soon as possible to guarantee a room.

For queries about your booking, please contact Marketing Manchester on +44 (0)161 238 4563 or via email [email protected]

Photo of clinical team leads

Our conference committee

The conference programme has been shaped by the Excellence Network clinical leadership team:

Clinical Director for the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, Donald Grosset

Leadership team: Patsy Cotton (conference co-lead), Richard Walker (conference co-lead), Fiona Lindop, Alison Leake, Annette Hand