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MS Trust conference

There is no other event like the MS Trust conference!

4-6 November 2018, Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel

The MS Trust annual conference is the one time in the UK MS calendar when the MS health professional community comes together to learn, share expertise and focus on improving care for everyone affected by MS. Conference provides an opportunity for MS teams to take time to update their knowledge on the latest developments in MS care and treatment. It is also a great opportunity to network with other health professionals who all have a special interest in MS.

Images from conferenceThis year we are continuing our focus on the needs of people with advanced MS and highlighting the importance of delivering holistic care to everyone with MS. It takes MS specialist nurses, AHPs with expertise in MS and MS neurologists to provide and co-ordinate integrated, holistic care for people living with MS and to achieve this they need to work closely with a variety of health and social care professionals across different specialities and organisations. The conference programme allows time for shared multi-disciplinary learning, helping teams make a difference to people with MS now.

The conference programme has sessions at both novice and expert level, view the draft programme and learning outcomes.

What does it cost?

The full conference fee is £600 inclusive of VAT, for a three day programme including two night’s accommodation on Sunday and Monday.

You can book accommodation on Saturday 3 November at an additional cost of £100, inclusive of VAT. Please indicate when making your online booking if you require accommodation on Saturday night; you are responsible for settling this cost directly with the hotel on departure.

Help with funding your attendance

To help fund your attendance, the MS Trust offers generous bursary schemes for MS nurses and specialist therapists who work regularly with people with MS. We also have bursaries for nurses and allied health professionals working in other settings such as hospices and care homes.

Find out more about bursaries

For further information email or telephone 01462 476314

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Highlights from this year’s programme

Expert speakers include:

  • Nicki Abel, Lecturer/Practitioner in MS, Birmingham
  • Professor Brian Birch, Honorary Associate Professor Urology, Southampton
  • Dr Jeremy Chataway, Consultant Neurologist, London
  • Dr Matt Craner, Consultant Neurologist, Oxford
  • Dr Audrey Daisley and Dr Rachel Tams, Consultant Clinical Psychologists, Oxford
  • Dr Jenny Freeman, Reader in Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Plymouth
  • Professor Gavin Giovannoni, Professor of Neurology, London
  • Professor Tom Mercer, Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation, Edinburgh
  • Rachel Moses, Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, Preston
  • Dr Trevor Pickersgill, Consultant Neurologist, London
  • Dr David Rogg, Consultant Neurologist, Salford
  • Dr Eli Silber, Consultant Neurologist, London
  • Dr Paul Talbot, Consultant Neurologist, Salford
  • Dr Ben Turner, Consultant Neurologist, London
  • Professor Derek Willis, Medical Director and Lead Consultant, Telford

Planned conference sessions include:

  • Delivering symptom management as part of a MDT
  • Diagnosing a relapse
  • Practical aspects of exercise and fatigue
  • Immunology workshop
  • Leadership for MS specialists
  • Management of complex drugs
  • Management of functional overlay
  • Management of spasticity – a masterclass
  • MRI workshop
  • Pain management
  • Providing support to family and children of pwMS
  • Use of standing frames in advanced MS

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View the MS Trust Conference 2018 programme and learning outcomes (please note this programme may be subject to change)

Directions to Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel

Located just off the M69 motorway between Leicester and Coventry, Hinckley Island is easy to reach by rail, road or air.

Postcode LE10 3JA

By rail

  • 2 miles from Hinckley railway station
  • Less than one hour from London Euston via Nuneaton station

By road

  • Located just off the M69, Junction 1
  • Easily accessible from M6 and M1motorways


There is ample complimentary onsite parking

By air

  • 30 minutes from East Midlands Airport
  • 40 minutes from Birmingham International Airport

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Poster exhibition

The poster exhibition provides an opportunity to showcase models of excellence in evidence and practice in MS care. Research, audit and service improvement projects are all eligible for submission. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and there is time in the programme for authors to respond informally to delegate questions about their poster. All posters are entered into a fast-paced and entertaining ‘poster speed-dating’ session; once witnessed, never forgotten.

The closing date for poster applications and abstracts is Friday 21 September, email to You are required to attend conference if your poster is accepted and you will be contacted soon after the closing date to confirm.

Developing and submitting a poster can be daunting, you can find some top tips, guidelines and poster examples to help you with your submission in our Research and development resource.

Download a copy of the poster application form (Word doc, 330 KB)

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