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Way Ahead Volume 16 Part 3 (July 2012)

NICE or not nice?

Pam Macfarlane, Chief Executive, MS Trust

The NICE Clinical Guideline 8 - management of multiple sclerosis in primary and secondary care is now under review, with the new version expected in 2014. The original version contained six priorities for implementation, but there are still wide variations in the quality and quantity of care provided to people with MS. This article looks at how the MS Trust will campaign to change that.

Policy and campaigning

Alice Hamilton, Policy Officer, MS Trust

A brief summary of major government initiatives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Project launched: Generating Evidence in Multiple Sclerosis Services (GEMSS)

Geraldine Mynors, Independent Healthcare Consultant and Analyst, Mynors Suppiah

This article describes the launch of the GEMSS project which will support four MS specialist nurse teams to evaluate their services over the course of a year. The project aims to give MS specialist nurses the skills and tools to gather, analyse and communicate data about their services to demonstrate the value of MS specialist services both to managers and commissioners.

How to manage your own stress

Barbara Lynch, Psychotherapist, Dublin

Working as a health or social care professional can impact individuals physically, psychologically, cognitively or spiritually. This article describes a workshop to help develop strategies to manage stress and personal wellbeing and, by doing so, provide good quality care for the people you serve.

Osteoporosis in MS

Vicki Matthews, MS Specialist Nurse and MS Trust Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

Osteoporosis is characterised by reduced bone mass and disruption of bone microarchitecture, resulting in reduced bone strength and increased risk of fracture. This article provides an overview of the increased risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures in people with MS, alongside information on a guideline for clinicians and a factsheet for people with MS which are currently under development.

MS Nurse PROfessional – an update 

Vicki Matthews, MS Specialist Nurse and MS Trust Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

This article describes the development of an accredited, online foundation educational programme, MS Nurse PROfessional which will be launched later in 2012.

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