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Way Ahead Volume 17 Part 1 (January 2013)

Policy and campaigning

Alice Hamilton, Policy Officer, MS Trust

A brief summary of recent major government initiative in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in Autumn 2012.


TONiC quality of life study: inviting professionals to contribute 

Benjamin O'Sullivan, Academic Foundation Doctor, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool

The Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conidtions (TONiC) study is the largest study assessing quality of life in neurological conditions ever conducted in the UK. This article describes the development of a Professionals' Forum to seek the input of all health professionals that care for people with multiple sclerosis through a series of short online questionnaires.


Speech, swallowing and language needs in MS

Heather Whitehouse, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Independent Practitioner

This article looks at the communication and swallowing difficulties that can be associated with MS and when it is pertinent for other health professionals to refer to a speech and language therapist for specialist advice, assessment and treatment.


Psychologists in MS: the missing dinner guests?

Lorraine Maher-Edwards, Counselling Psychologist, Central Surrey Health, Epsom

Alongside the physical aspects of the condition, psychological and emotional problems are very common in MS. This article describes the establishment of a new psychology service for people with MS, with particular emphasis on improving emotional wellbeing.


Highlights from the 2012 MS Trust annual conference

Information Team, MS Trust

Overview of the key plenary and seminar sessions from the 2012 MS Trust annual conference.


 

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