We are used to hosting clinicians and clinical scientists to our branch meetings. The recent October meeting was a little different in that we welcomed Dr Mohammed Lebcir of the University of Hertfordshire who talked to us about the systems behind the services we rely on. His work which is just at the early stages centres on bringing together NHS resources for Parkinson’s. It concerns itself with combining hospital and community facilities for what is expected to be a growing need as the population ages.
Dr Lebcir’s approach is a holistic one which takes into account the needs of both the people with Parkinson’s and the various services which they access. The presentation was by necessity, given the complexity of the topic, technical but Dr Lebcir’s passion and commitment shone through and the principles behind the work were clear. We are lucky, I think, to have such gifted researchers working with the NHS to provide a future answer to the tricky question of matching growing need to restricted resources.