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I am Dr David Sollis, Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Essex. Healthwatch Essex is an independent health and social care charity that captures the voice and lived experience of those that live and work within the county. We do this a number of ways; through our information and signposting service, our high-quality engagement, and also our academic rigorous research. We cover topics such as carers, learning disabilities, mental health, but also other issues such as acute hospitals and primary care, which also includes the workforce. Here's a short animation to explain a little bit more about what we do.

Have you been to your GP recently? Have you visited a care home? Do you have a dentist or an optician? If that's the case, then we want to hear from you. Tell us your experience of any Essex health and social care service, and we will use your experience to improve the service for others. You can contact us in total confidence in all sorts of ways, and if you need help to find services local to you, please get in touch. We can help you navigate the complicated health and social care systems. We are Healthwatch Essex.

As part of our work here at Healthwatch, we support and host the Essex Neurology Network. This network is made up of national and local organizations who work together to help those affected by neurological conditions. This course has been designed to help those who work in a non-neurological setting. For example, staff who work in Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP surgeries, as social workers, carers and also the general public. Raising awareness of neurological conditions is extremely important and this course is designed to help you have a basic understanding and an awareness of what it actually means to have a condition.


The e-learning course has been designed and created in collaboration with lots of professionals. However, the main insight comes from people's lived experience of their condition, and it how affects their daily lives.

This course has been designed to give you an overview of a number of neurological conditions. Thank you for taking an interest in this course. And I hope you enjoy it.