New neurology e-learning tool launched on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The Essex Neurology Network, in partnership with Healthwatch Essex, has launched an e-learning tool for health and social care professionals. The tool, ‘Understanding Neurology’, is designed to support people who are involved in services for anyone affected by a range of neurological conditions.

Conditions explored in ‘Understanding Neurology’ include brain injury, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, progressive supranuclear palsy and stroke. The e-learning is completely online and leads to 5 hours of CPD.

Sophie Blythe, Research and Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Essex, says

It is estimated that there are approximately 35,000 patients in Essex with a neurological condition, so this e-learning tool was something we felt was really needed across the county to help professionals support people in the best way. We hope that staff across health and social care settings can use ‘Understanding Neurology’ to gain a deeper understanding of what it’s really like to live with a neurological condition and this will help them in their roles in the future.”

In the UK, over 11 million people live with a disability, so it is vital that health and social care professionals are aware of neurological conditions and how to support people affected. To really bring the learning to life, lived experience is at the heart of each module as patients speak about their personal journeys.

The Essex Neurology Network includes Healthwatch Essex, Action for Family Carers, Headway Essex, Huntington’s Disease Association, Motor Neurone Disease Association, MS Society, MS-UK, Parkinson’s UK, PSPA, St Helena, Stroke Association and the South Essex Epilepsy Support Group.

‘Understanding Neurology’ is available online now at