MS specialist nurses, also called MS nurses, are usually the main point of contact for someone with MS. As well as offering direct support and clinical advice, a nurse can connect people to other appropriate services, such as a doctor or a therapist.
Contacting an MS nurse
How you get in contact varies from nurse to nurse. Some operate an open access service which allows you to contact them directly. Others require a referral from a GP or neurologist, particularly when contacting them for the first time.
The map of local services includes links to nurses around the UK.
The number of MS nurses in the UK
The first MS nurses were appointed in the early 1990s. Today there are about 300 MS nurses around the UK.
The MS Trust has campaigned for MS nurses since the mid 1990s and we provide educational and professional support. As part of this we have carried out research into measuring the value of MS nurses and the level of coverage needed so that everyone in the UK has equal access to an MS nurse. A report of this research showed that 64 per cent of people living with MS in the UK - around 68,000 people - live in areas where there aren't enough MS nurses to provide care and support.
The MS Trust has launched campaigns to fund new nurses in the areas of greatest need and also to support Advanced MS Champions, who may be MS nurses or specialist therapists, to support people with more complex MS symptoms.