I consider myself lucky to have an MS nurse, but my MS has changed so much and the future does scare me a little. Knowing that there will be enough local MS nurses for everyone takes away this fear. I know whatever happens, I won’t be facing MS alone
Jon Knight, 43, who was diagnosed 10 years ago - read Jon's letter to MS Trust supporters
The MS Trust is funding new MS nurses across the UK. But we need your help.
An MS nurse is at the very heart of the care needed by someone with MS. Sadly, we estimate that 2 out of 3 people with MS in the UK – about 68,000 people – live in areas where there are not enough MS nurses, and they are missing out on vital services as a result.
The MS Trust believes that people with MS deserve so much more, so we're funding new MS nurses to ensure that no one is left to manage MS alone.
Just one new MS nurse in an area where they are desperately needed makes such a massive difference for people living with MS. More time can be spent looking at people’s pain relief, mobility and independence. And more time can be spent with people with progressive MS, like Jon, who can often be overlooked.
With the help of our supporters, right now, we are funding new MS nurses in Leicester, Bradford, and Lanarkshire. That’s more MS specialist nurses, not just for this year, but for the long term. Meet the new MS nurses in Leicester
But that’s just the start. There is still a long way to go until we reach our goal of 20 new MS nurses in three years.
Lasting support for people with MS
We haven’t just enabled a recruitment process, we’ll be offering ongoing support. We will arrange the accredited training and professional development our MS nurses need to develop their specialist expertise. We will mentor our new nurses, support the existing service and do everything we can to ensure that the needs of people with MS are being met.
It costs the MS Trust £52,500 to recruit, train and pay for a new MS nurse for 15 months, after which point the NHS will take over funding for the posts. Although, of course, we will continue to support all the new MS nurses with training and development, as we do for all MS nurses in the UK.
You have the power to make all this possible. We receive no government or NHS funding and rely solely on the generosity of our supporters. So please, if you can, donate to the MS Trust to support new MS nurses in the UK today.
Thank you for your support. #no1alone