MS specialist nurses, also called MS nurses, provide specialist clinical advice and support to people with multiple sclerosis. They are usually the main point of contact for a person with MS and they often act to co-ordinate services, referring someone on to a doctor, or a therapist, or other appropriate services.
The number of MS nurses in the UK
The MS Trust has campaigned for MS nurses since the mid 1990s and significant progress has been made. From three MS nurse posts in 1995 there are about 245 today. More are still needed and considering the number of people with MS, the complexity of its management, and the role of the MS specialist nurse as the case manager it is estimated that at least 370 such nurses are required across the UK. Unfortunately, some areas are still not covered.
Contacting an MS nurse
The map of local services includes links to nurses around the UK.
How to get in contact varies from nurse to nurse. Some operate an open access service whilst others require a referral from a GP or neurologist. Where this is known, the information is listed on the map.
MS Trust nurse funding
A report published by the MS Trust shows that 64 per cent of people living with MS in the UK – around 68,000 people – live in areas where there aren’t enough MS nurses to provide vital care and support. This is why we’re launching a campaign to fund new nurses in the areas of greatest need and to make sure no one has to manage MS alone.
Last updated: December 2017
Last reviewed: September 2016
This page will be reviewed within three years