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Way Ahead Volume 17 Part 3 (July 2013)

Policy and campaigning

Alice Hamilton, Policy Officer, MS Trust

A round up of all the latest policy and campaigning news including DMTs in appraisal, specialised services commissioning, review of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 changes by the Health Select Committee in England, plus news from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

GEMSS: the next stage

Geraldine Mynors, GEMSS Facilitator, MS Trust

Article gives an overview of the first phase of the Generating Evidence in MS Services (GEMSS) project. Details plans for a second phase of the project, which will include some multidisciplinary teams.

Oswestry standing frames: a mixed methods investigation of the use of Oswestry standing frames in the home 

Wendy Hendrie, Specialist Physiotherapist in MS, Norwich MS Centre, Norwich

Standing is an integral part of what it is to be human, allowing us to carry out a multitude of activities and interact with people eye-to-eye. However, weakness and poor balance can limit the quantity, or quality, of standing for many people with MS. This article looks at a study exploring the physical and psychological impact of regular standing in an Oswestry standing frame in people with MS who were either walking a few metres with bilateral support or were unable to walk.

Palliative care in advanced MS 

Debi Adams, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Neurology, St Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough

This article looks at some of the issues people with advanced MS face, how palliative care can help and how to identify the triggers that can be an indication that discussions about end of life care could be useful.

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