Community Healthcare Provider Recruits Parkinson’s Specialist Practitioner

Published on 27/08/2014


Following interviews conducted in collaboration with East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group and Parkinson's UK, we are pleased to announce First Community Health & Care have successfully recruited to the role of Parkinson's Specialist Practitioner for the east Surrey area.

Fiona Watchman will be joining community provider First Community Health & Care in September. The role of the Parkinson’s Practitioner is to provide specialist care and advice to people with Parkinson’s in the east Surrey area. Fiona will visit patients in their homes as well as running a clinic.  She will also work closely with other multi-skilled team members as appropriate.

Jane Renshaw, Regional Manager for Parkinson’s UK in the South East, says:

“We’re delighted that people with Parkinson’s in east Surrey will once again benefit from the expertise of a Parkinson’s nurse. Parkinson’s is a complex and varied condition which affects each person differently so it’s vital people have access to a specialist.  We wish Fiona all the best as she settles into her new role.”

Kevin Shergold, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1999, says:

"Parkinson's nurses are an absolute lifeline. Being able to speak to someone who truly understands what life with Parkinson's is like makes the world of difference.”

Dr Joe McGilligan, Chair of NHS East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Providing specialist support to patients with Parkinson’s in their own homes is a crucial  part of managing this life-changing condition, and reflects a broader shift in our work to give patients the care they need in their community. This has been the result of real partnership working with a range of healthcare organisations and we’re confident it will bring better outcomes for our patients.”

Fiona will be starting an induction process into the organisation and will be in contact with patients in coming months. The contact details for the service will be added to the ‘Our Services’ section of our website,

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For more information contact: Liz Hobby, Communications Manager, First Community Health and Care, 01737 775462

Notes for editors:

First Community Health & Care (FCH&C) is a social enterprise community interest company providing NHS community Services to the population of east Surrey as well as some therapy services in West Sussex. FCH&C has been operating since October 1st 2011 under the Government’s policy of Transforming Community Services.

About Parkinson’s UK

Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 127,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 500 of the population.

One in 20 people are under 40 when they are diagnosed.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

For advice, information and support, visit or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

About Parkinson’s nurses

Parkinson’s nurses help people and their carers to come to terms with a diagnosis, provide guidance on medication and make referrals to other professionals such as speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.