Healthwatch Essex celebrates after receiving £40k from the National Lottery to promote understanding of neurological conditions across Essex

Healthwatch Essex are celebrating after being awarded almost £40,000 in National Lottery funding to facilitate the work of the Essex Neurology Network. The funding will allow the Network to continue its work in raising awareness and promoting understanding of neurological conditions throughout the County.

Since 2015, we have informally supported a partnership of charities who make up the Essex Neurology Network. To date, the Network has undertaken work on improving diagnosis conversations and assisting GPs in signposting neurological patients to relevant support and services. It is estimated that there are approximately 35,000 patients in Essex with a neurological condition.

The new funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the launch of an e-learning tool on ‘Understanding Neurology. The online accredited course has been developed by network partners and patients specifically for health and social care professionals who provide services and support for people affected by neurological conditions. It provides an overview of eight neurological conditions and how they can impact everyday life.

At the same time, the Network will be able to continue improving knowledge, bringing people together and building strong relationships with charities, patients and professionals throughout Essex.

Dr. David Sollis, CEO of Healthwatch Essex, says: “We’re delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery Players, we will be able to continue the great work the Network carries out, enable professionals to feel more equipped to deliver appropriate care and consequently help patients to live independently for longer, and with a better quality of life.”