HARG were asked by Lincolnshire County Council to undertake an independent health needs assessment for people living with neurological conditions in the county. A health needs assessment is a way in reviewing the current resources available to meeting the needs of a specific population. The review looked at adults over the age of 18, and young adults moving into adult services. It covered a range of neurological conditions, including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, among others. Lincolnshire County Council had previously undertaken a separate review looking at the needs of people with dementia, so dementia was not included within this study.
The aim of this report was to:
- Establish how many people in Lincolnshire are affected by neurological conditions, and how this compares with other parts of the UK;
- Review what we already know about the needs of people with neurological conditions;
- Explore what current services exist to meet the needs of people with neurological conditions;
- Understand the views of service users, their carers, voluntary groups and healthcare professionals on neurological services;
- Identify examples of good practice in services, but also see if any needs were not being met;
- Make recommendations to those who plan and deliver healthcare locally.