Neuro network events gather steam

November 13th 2015 ...in category Commissioning Excellence

Our next Neurology Network Event sees us in Haydock outside Manchester next Thursday the 19 November. Run in conjunction with the local Strategic Clinical Networks, the inaugural North West Neurological Commissioning Network event is extra special for a number of reasons.

We are very lucky to have David Bateman joining us, the National Clinical Director for Adult Neurology Conditions for NHS England. David will be speaking about the commissioning of neurology services, with a focus on high quality services which deliver both value for money and best outcomes for patients.

Headache creates a significant and often under recognised demand on both primary care and neurology services. Dr Adam Zermansky, consultant neurologist at Greater Manchester Neuroscience Centre, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Headache, will be addressing how to use headache guidelines in clinical practice with the added opportunity for group discussion afterwards.

I have the great pleasure of unveiling our new report, on the burden of hospitalisation in MS, which NHiS Commissioning Excellence has written together with the MS Trust. Emergency admissions for people with MS cost the NHS £43 million in 2013/14. Our report digs down into the reasons for these admissions, which are commonly preventable, and the enormous opportunity this presents for CCGs to reduce their emergency care bill while simultaneously improving patient care.

With almost half a million people in the UK living with epilepsy no neurology network event event would be complete without addressing the challenges in commissioning effective epilepsy services. Professor Mike Pearson, Professor of Clinical Evaluation at the University of Liverpool will talk about the National Audit of Seizure management in Hospitals (NASH) report and the opportunities to help people with epilepsy stay active and out of hospital.

Following on from this, we will have a collective discussion around epilepsy data trends and service performance, as well as sessions on improving transition and the recently created Commissioning Toolkit for epilepsy. The toolkit has been developed by Epilepsy Action and Epilepsy Society alongside CCGs and with David Bateman’s support to provide resources which help commissioners meet the specific needs of their local area.

We run these type of interactive events regularly, so watch this space for more coming up.

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Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

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November 13th 2015
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