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Parkinson’s Disease

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of training given to staff in residential care homes on dealing with residents with Parkinson's disease. (202452)

It is the responsibility of social care service providers to ensure that their employees are suitably qualified and competent to carry out the duties they are employed to do.

Joint health and social care national occupational standards set out the skills, knowledge and values required and are used as benchmarks for national vocational qualifications (NVQs).

The knowledge set for NVQs is job specific and care home workers who are working with residents with Parkinson's, on a regular basis, should have a basic knowledge of the disease as part of their training.