This spring, a second ParkinsonNet 3-day training was organized to include more occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists into the network of healthcare professionals specialised in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
On 4-5 March and 30 April, 28 therapists (10 physiotherapists, 11 occupational therapists, 7 speech and language therapists) completed the ParkinsonNet 3-day basic training on Campus Belval in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. For a full list of all 75 healthcare professionals specialised in the treatment of PD in Luxembourg, you can check out the Healthcare professional finder.
The first day focused on learning more about motor and non-motor symptoms of PD as well as medication and advanced treatments. But also about ParkinsonNet and the benefits of multidisciplinary care for both patients and healthcare professionals.
On the second and third days, the therapists were split into groups by discipline to focus on practical exercises for real-life situations of people with PD by using evidence-based guidelines.
The training sessions were given by ParkinsonNet Luxembourg trainers (Carole Simon, Mariella Graziano, Nicole Colson and Sylvia Herbrink) with support from ParkinsonNet International. From now on, future trainings will be given solely by the Luxembourg team, certified by ParkinsonNet International, demonstrating that the training of new healthcare professionals in the domains indicated is already sustainable. “We are extremely pleased to have been able to resume our in-person trainings and be able to grow the network of specialised professionals in Luxembourg”, said Dr. Anne Kaysen, project manager of ParkinsonNet Luxembourg.
The participants have found the content of the course highly relevant to their work as therapists and appreciated the mix of theory and practical activities. This basic 3-day training has been an opportunity for them to learn more about Parkinson’s disease, how they can structure and perform assessments of the patients and their carers, and how to tailor and apply interventions based on individual needs.