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UCB’s ‘Centre of Neurology Education’ (CEN) project has been recognised as one of the ‘best ideas’ of 2017 in the health management category by the Spanish health newspaper, Diario Médico. UCB Iberia launched this patient support programme, with the help of Ashfield, part of UDG Healthcare plc.

The programme provides people living with Parkinson’s disease with support from nurses via the telephone. Ashfield’s highly qualifid  nurses via the telephone. Ashfield’s highly qualified nurses talk to patients to help resolve their worries and discuss diet, exercise and therapy.  The nurses also track adherence to therapy so that they can alert the HCP if required.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which chronically and progressively affects the nervous system. It is categorised by the loss, or degeneration of neurones in the brain, which can lead to a lack of dopamine, the substance which transmits the information needed to conduct movement. When there is a reduced level of dopamine, movement can be altered and other symptoms such as rigidity or a tremor can be seen. According to the Spanish Parkinson’s Federation, there are an estimated 300,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Spain.

The first results from the programme have shown an increase in how confident patients feel about managing their disease and an improvement in their quality of life. It has also received positive feedback from the HCPs who participated, as one of the problems faced by neurologists and nurses is the lack of quality time to care for their patients. The CEN Project offers a solution to this problem, by giving patients extra support and time, resulting in greater control of their condition.

The award from Diario Médico recognises the value of this patient support programme to both patients and professionals.

Javier Salguero, Patient Services Director at Ashfield, commented, “We are delighted that the CEN Project has been recognised in this way and we are proud to collaborate with UCB on this important programme. Well done to all the nurses involved for delivering such high quality care and making a real difference to patients’ lives”.