Parkinson’s UK has today announced three new senior appointments to their Excellence Network Clinical Leadership team. Dr Camille Carroll, Consultant Neurologist at University Hospitals Plymouth, will take up the joint role of Clinical Director, together with Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Geriatrician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Jonny Acheson, Emergency Medicine Consultant from Leicester will also take on a newly created role of Director of Engagement and Communications. Together the trio will be instrumental in the ongoing development of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, which aims to revolutionise the way health and social care services support people with Parkinson’s.
The three new appointees will start in their new positions over the summer, whilst all also continuing with their clinical duties.
Camille, who is also Associate Professor in Neurology at the University of Plymouth, said: “I’m delighted to be able to take on this new role alongside my co-Director Richard and also my ongoing work in Plymouth. We’ve worked incredibly hard to ensure that we’re delivering patient-centric care in the south west. Now I’m keen to share our successes and learnings with wider members of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network so that everyone with Parkinson’s, regardless of their location in the UK, receives the top quality of care that they deserve.”
The UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network has over 8,000 healthcare professionals and it encourages and supports professionals and members of the Parkinson’s community to work together to transform Parkinson’s services.
Richard said: “I’ve been involved with the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network since the launch in 2015 and it’s a privilege to step into the role of co-Clinical Director. The Excellence Network does incredible work for the 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s striving for improvements in care every day. I’m looking forward to working alongside Camille in our co-Director role, with each of us bringing our own specialism to the table.”
Dr Rowan Wathes, Associate Director of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network, said: “We’re delighted to have Camille, Richard and Jonny stepping into these vitally important roles within our Clinical Leadership Team. All three of them have long supported Parkinson’s UK and been active and supportive members of the UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. Each of them brings their own experience and expertise to the role. Together, their vision and leadership will help us to make sure that people with Parkinson’s are front and centre of developments in care, receiving the best possible multidisciplinary care.”