Table 1

Selected quotations from FND Masterclass participants

Healthcare professionalSelected quotations
Component of the FND Masterclass participants found most useful
Hearing from patients – why it is important to get it rightNeurology trainee‘Listening to a first hand account from a former FND sufferer’.
Nurse‘Meeting [the patient telling her story] first hand. Seeing and hearing directly the impact of FND and the outcomes of interventions have’.
Practice skillsPhysiotherapist‘Clinical simulations with actors. It's not only helpful practicing the language but learning strategies from others in the group and the actors perspectives’.
Psychologist‘Role plays and examples on ways to explain the diagnosis in a clear and supportive way. I love the software analogy!’
Changes participants made in their work practice since attending the FND Masterclass
Diagnosis and communication with patientsPhysiotherapist‘I am taking more time to explain to the patient what is going on with their condition’.
Neurology trainee‘Improved confidence in diagnosing FND’.
Changing clinical practice and continuing educationNeurology trainee‘In the next year, I will become a neurology consultant & will focus on continuity of care & goal setting plus setting up a FND network locally to help me manage my patients’.
Psychologist‘I’d like to continue to talk with other clinicians with an interest in this area to continue to enhance my knowledge and understanding of tx approaches’.
Speech pathologist‘I have more confidence setting goals and implementing treatment for people I think have FND’.
Nurse‘I’m more likely to communicate with patients instead of handballing onto another colleague’.
Psychiatrist‘Provision of education to other health providers including GPS, psychiatry registrars and psychiatrists’.
  • FND, functional neurological disorder.