Face-to-face & virtual services through which people with MS, Parkinson’s & other neuro-degenerative conditions can participate in activities tailored to their life, health needs, commitments, giving them resilience to deal with future challenges, whilst helping them recover from the impact of Covid
10% of UK population have a neurological condition, & this group has the lowest health-related quality of life of any long term condition. NHS options for support are limited & remain uncertain due to the pandemic. COVID restrictions have caused worsening symptoms, & increased isolation, loneliness, stress & anxiety. Many individuals remain uncertain about returning to face-to-face. Diagnosis of a neurological condition can be difficult to accept & support is sometimes hard to access.
COVID meant we developed new virtual ways to offer services; they became a lifeline & now create options to change more lives. We’ll build on learnings to create a ‘Virtual Centre Hub’ & deliver a broad, cohesive range of regular, reliable support for the future combining face-to-face & virtual exercise options, phone support & counselling, giving choice & flexibility. Awareness raising & partnerships will mean we reach more people, particularly hard to reach due to location, finance, mobility.