Aims and objectives of service
The Community Neurology Service aims to provide specialist staff to support people with a long term neurological condition and their carers to manage their condition and to live as independently as possible. It aims to increase the number of people with a long term neurological condition able to live independently or with support.
The main focus of the service is patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Epilepsy. This is based on the prevalence of patients with these conditions. However this service will cover all patients with diagnosed neurological conditions where the reason for the referral and the patients current needs are based on the neurological condition and these needs are best met in a community setting.
Patients are mainly seen in their own home but can be seen in a variety of settings including clinics, in day care, workplace and residential care settings.
The service is provided by a specialist, multi-professional team including: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapist, Specialist Mental Health Nurse, Specialist Neurology Nurse, Dietician, Assistant Practitioners and Specialist Nurses for Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, and Huntington’s Disease.
Days/Hours of operation
The core service hours are Monday to Friday from 8.00am- 4.00pm. There is an answerphone for outside of these hours
The service provides open access for referrals and there is a flexible and reciprocal agreement between rehabilitation services and community nursing teams, to determine who best meets the need of the patient.
The service is available to patients who need the specialist skills of a specialist nurse and/or a rehabilitation team at home and are registered with a Nottingham City GP. The patient must also have a confirmed diagnosis of a neurological condition and for neurology to be their major presenting condition.