Living with long-term neurological conditions

Patients living with neurological disorders have complex health needs. There is no one-stop-shop to meet those needs but we do have a signposting team in place to help you to access the support you need.

Two neurology care advisors (NCAs) work within the neuro-rehabilitation team supporting neurology people with long term conditions, their carers and health and social care professionals, to access information, give advice and signposting to relevant services and support. The NCA service has a pivotal role in ensuring that individuals do not feel isolated by their condition and provides advice and guidance.

The NCA service is a predominantly telephone based, county wide service available weekdays. There is also an email advice service for those who prefer to contact the service in this way. There are three drop in advice sessions every month in Hayle, St Austell and Liskeard. At these sessions people can have time face to face with the NCA to discuss any issues they may be having.

As part of the neurological pathway, NCAs work to support individuals at all phases of the pathway, promoting joined up working across transitions and services. NCA’s act as a single point of contact for people with long term neurological conditions and their carers, helping individuals to navigate their way through the range of services available within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our advisors work closely with health and social care professionals, ensuring continuity of care and support. The service aims to promote self-management by providing clear and reliable information and support.

The service is available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday with an answer phone service out of hours. You can contact Mary and Bernadette on 01209 318106.

Spinal cord injury group

As part of the neuro rehab team, the NCAs run a support and information group for those affected by a spinal cord anjury. The meetings run throughout the county every six weeks and offer information and peer support. 

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson's now affect 127,000 people with Parkinson's, this is around 7,000 more than previously thought. By 2020 the number of people with Parkinson's in the UK will rise to 162,000. This is an increase of 28 percent. Find out more about the disease here.

The telephone number for the specialist nurse service is 01209 318048. Telephone message are retrieved from the answer machine on a daily basis or you can contact Lynne Osborne on 01209 318051.

Cornwall Parkinson's UK

The Parkinson's UK Cornwall branch offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson's, their families and carers. This branch covers a large part of Cornwall stretching from the River Tamar to Redruth. They meet the needs of members by organising special events and activities each month. Find out more about the meetings here, as well as a list of upcoming events. 

Parkinson's nurse specialist service

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provide a Parkinson's nurse specialist serviceThe service is able available to provide ongoing support if you have received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. It is available between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Calls to the Parkinson’s service are collected and prioritised on a daily basis.