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UK’s top MS nurses, therapists and neurologists recognised in QuDoS awards shortlists

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QuDoS awards

Some of the UK’s top MS specialist nurses, allied health professionals, neurologists and teams have been named on the shortlist for the inaugural QuDoS awards, initiated by pharmaphorum with the support of the MS Trust.

The QuDoS awards highlight innovation and excellence in MS management and service delivery and recognise the valuable contribution of individuals and teams in improving the quality of life and experience of care for people living with MS. The winners will be named at a special event before the MS Trust conference in November.

The Outstanding MS specialist nurse category received a large number of entries, and finalists include Sian Locke (Helen Durham Centre, University Hospital of Wales), Karen Vernon (Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and Liz Watson (Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

Teams from throughout the UK were also commended in the multidisciplinary team of the year category for their delivery of comprehensive, coordinated and easily accessible services to people affected by MS. Finalists include teams from Bradford, Tayside and North East Fife, and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent.

Shona Flucker, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Tayside and North East Fife MS service, and a finalist in the aforementioned category said, “The Tayside and North East Fife MS regional service is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the QuDoS in MS Awards, particularly after an extremely busy year.”

Commenting on the entries received this year, chair of judges Professor Alan Thompson, Consultant Neurologist and Dean of the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences said: “We were delighted as judges to have received a range of innovative entries from so many different aspects of management across the UK, and it has been fantastic to hear about some hugely talented, hard-working individuals in the field of MS going that extra mile to improve the quality of life of their patients. We look forward to recognising these outstanding teams and individuals at the Awards presentation in November.”

There are seven categories in total, as well as a Judges’ Special Award which will be given on the night to an individual, team or service that the judges feel deserves national recognition within the field of MS. The award may be given to an entry that has not won in its own category but, in the judges’ opinion, is worthy of being recognised as demonstrating innovation and excellence in MS service management and delivery as well as enhancing the quality of life of those with MS.

Visit www.qudos-ms.com for further information on this year’s shortlisted finalists.

2015 QuDoS finalists

Outstanding MS specialist nurse

  • Sian Locke, Helen Durham Centre, University Hospital of Wales
  • Karen Vernon, Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liz Watson, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Outstanding allied health professional working in MS

  • Tania Burge, Bristol and Avon MS (BrAMS) Centre, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Wendy Hendrie, Norwich MS Centre
  • Avril Law, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Christine Singleton, Birmingham Community NHS Trust

Outstanding neurologist in MS treatment

  • Michael Douglas, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • Owen Pearson, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Multidisciplinary team of the year

  • Bradford MS Specialist Team, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Family Focused Support Team, Oxford Centre for Enablement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Spasticity Service, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals
  • Tayside and North East Fife MS Service
  • The Adult Ability Team, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust

Innovation in practice – pathway redesign to promote seamless services between hospital and community

  • Tania Burge, Bristol and Avon MS (BrAMS) Centre, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Derek Laidler and Andrea James, NHS Highland and Lorn and Oban Healthy Options
  • The MS Specialist Team, Tayside

Information in practice – outstanding use of information and shared decision making in MS care

  • MS Team, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
  • PML risk communication information resource, Gavin Giovannoni, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust

Evidence in practice – using audit, evaluation or research to improve user experience/outcomes of care

  • Barts MS Database Team, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Multiple Sclerosis Aqua Research Team (MS ART), University of Brighton and Burrswood Hospital