Annual Review

In 2015 – 2016

YHANO members organised another extremely successful education event in Doncaster in April. More than 60 non-specialist health and social care staff gathered to learn more about neurological conditions. Workshops on Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumour, Huntington’s Disease and Myasthenia Gravis were mixed with networking opportunities and information stalls.

Comments included:

  • “An excellent day and really good value”
  • “Well organised and educational. Enjoyed the day very much.”
  • “Very informative and knowledgeable speakers.

YHANO provided a link to the Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) until it ceased in 2016 and members contributed to the Yorkshire and Humber SCN neurological rehab review.

YHANO members have engaged with CCGs and hospital trusts across Yorkshire and Humberside, taking part in neurological reviews, sharing the views of people with neurological conditions and encouraging the development of better services.

In particular:

Wakefield – in March 2016 five neurologists left Pinderfields/Mid Yorkshire Trust leaving significant gaps in service provision. YHANO members continue to work with the hospital and CCG to ensure that people with neurological conditions get the service and support they need.

Doncaster – YHANO members provided feedback as part of a consultation about developing a new primary care model.

North Lincolnshire - YHANO members are working with the CCG on a neurological services review happening in 2016.

York and North Yorkshire – members of YHANO are still involved in implementing a neurological service specification  and condition specific pathways with the Vale of York CCG. Representatives from Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society are working with York Hospital and the Vale of York CCG to improve services.

Volunteers and supporters have been working with local Healthwatches to ensure issues faced by people with neurological conditions are noted and acted on as needed. People have also been involved in a range of consultations and engagement events across the region support by YHANO members.

For another year, YHANO has proved that working together achieves more than working independently and we are delighted with the positive impact we have had to improve services for people with neurological conditions in Yorkshire and Humberside.