- Understand advanced Parkinson's for what it is: namely Parkinson's that has been present for many years, which in 2015, is a triumph that neither Jean Charcot nor James Parkinson would have recognized when studying and identifying the disease in 1862 and 1817 respectively.
- Learn how as Parkinson's advances, its symptoms and signs affect multiple systems of the body, in part because they are painted on the canvas of normal aging, itself variable between individuals.
- Recognize the prime drivers of quality of life when living with advanced Parkinson's disease, which are unique for each individual.
- Understand the benefits of living life to the fullest today, while making careful plans for what will happen in the months and years to come.
Dr. Fletcher specializes his clinical practice in movement disorders. As part of a multidisciplinary health care team that includes physicians in old age medicine, neurology and psychiatry, as well as nurses and allied health professionals, he focuses on caring for people who live with Parkinson’s disease. From his base in Cheltenham, he runs four clinics in across a very rural county.
Dr. Fletcher is actively involved in training and professional development for medical students and senior medical professionals. As a founding member and academic director of the Parkinson’s Academy since 2002, he helps to provide educational programs for senior medical professionals seeking training in the clinical and managerial aspects of running a PD clinic. He examines third, fourth and fifth year medical students for the University of Bristol and students studying for the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine and Membership examinations for the Royal College of Physicians of London.
Dr. Fletcher is past Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Movement Disorders Section. He also serves as President of the Cheltenham branch of Parkinson’s UK and chairs the Education group of the Parkinson’s UK Excellence Network.
Dr. Fletcher obtained his master of science in Medical Education.