PD Warrior classes to give ‘ground-breaking’ support to Parkinson’s Disease patients

PUBLISHED: 16:05 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 05 December 2017

Dozens of people already take part in the NSCP's Parkinson's support groups.

Dozens of people already take part in the NSCP's Parkinson's support groups.

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A North Somerset healthcare group has become one of the first in the UK to be granted a licence to run a ‘ground-breaking’ course for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) will offer PD Warrior classes from early 2018 after becoming the first NHS organisation in the country to earn accreditation.

PD Warrior is a concept developed in Australia by specialist neurological physiotherapist Melissa McConaghy, who has 17 years of experience working with Parkinson’s sufferers.

The approach helps newly-diagnosed patients who are still able to operate at a high level of complexity take more control of their condition and slow down its progression, improving aspects including education and behaviour change.

PD Warrior sessions will first be offered to members of NSCP’s existing Parkinson’s Exercise Groups before being made more widely available.

NSCP chief executive Judith Brown said: “This is wonderful news for NSCP and local people with Parkinson’s.

“We are leading the way in the NHS by adopting this ground-breaking programme from Australia and I am really proud of the team for earning this accreditation.”

The PD Warrior programme will include an assessment followed by a 10-week challenge led by NSCP instructor and specialist neuro-physiotherapist Louise Griffiths, who says exercises will help members to continue taking part in and enjoying daily activities.

She added: “Gaining accreditation to deliver PD Warrior is a great step forward for people in North Somerset who have Parkinson’s.

“This will enable us to empower those people to stay dynamic, independent, working and driving for longer by actively enabling them to stay in control.

“PD Warrior is a specific approach to exercising with a focus on strength, range, endurance and quality of movement which can easily be translated into everyday activities.

“Fun and music are also essential components which I’m sure will leave all those involved coming back for more.”

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