Recently FND Action were invited to join NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as a stakeholder in relation to the above guideline, and have very much welcomed the opportunity to be able to input in to the development of this guideline in relation to Functional Neurological Disorders (FND).
For far too long FND symptoms have been unrecognised, ignored or dismissed, even though symptoms are commonly seen in primary care and Neurology departments. This has understandably contributed to a unacceptable delay in referrals for appropriate treatment and care, and in a lot of cases people being left with no care or receiving unsuitable treatment. The main contributing factor to this is the current lack of awareness and we feel confident this guideline will help towards improving the diagnosis, care and treatment of Functional Neurological Disorders.
The guideline is aimed at non-specialist healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care, healthcare professionals in neurology departments, and people with suspected neurological conditions, their families and carers. The guideline is to assist healthcare professionals with the initial assessment of symptoms that might indicate a neurological condition.
The draft guideline is now available for comment and as a stakeholder, FND Action would like to invite you to submit to us any comments you may have for consideration.
To allow us time to put together and submit our recommendations, we ask that comments are received no later than the 10th September.
Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.