Transforming Community Neurology: What commissioners need to know

Sue Ryder News

Today marks the launch of a landmark document published by NHS England to help commissioners transform community neurology services.

Jo Ross, Assistant Director for Neurological Services in England at Sue Ryder, is one of the co-authors of the transformation guide, which has been produced to help commissioners transform neurological care in line with the vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The facts about neurological conditions in England
  • There are 12.5 million living with a long term neurological condition in England
  • Half of all GP appointments are for long-term conditions
  • NHS England spends over £3 billion each year on neurological services
  • People living with a long term neurological condition report the highest levels of pain, anxiety and depression of all people living with a long term condition

"It is so important that we see beyond the condition"

NHS England commissioned Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network to lead the Transforming Community Neurology Services project, which was established in 2015 with the objective of stimulating the delivery of person-centred co-ordinated care, by encouraging the adoption of community-based care models, in order to improve the quality of life for people who have long-term neurological conditions.

Jo Ross comments: "Being diagnosed with a long term neurological condition can be life changing, however with the right care, treatment and support people can live a full life in the community. It is so important that we see beyond the condition - focusing on what the person can do, not what they can’t". Read the report in full

Transforming Community Neurology Services Conference

The contents of the report will be outlined in presentations and workshops at the Community Neurology Conference to be held at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 29 June 2016. Attendance is free and tickets can be booked at