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Policy and campaigning
Alice Hamilton, Information Officer, MS Trust
Overview of the devolved powers in the four home nations, plus details of the MS Trust business plan toolkit to support MS specialist nurses and therapists whose posts are at risk.
Developing a business case to improve services for people with MS
Sarah Rollinson, Senior Strategic Planning Manager, Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, London
Developing a business case can help to clarify the current position of the benefits of your service to people with MS, and determine what is required to improve or expand an existing service, or develop a new one. The prospect of developing a business case can seem overwhelming. Building on information presented at the MS Trust 2006 annual conference, this article describes a structure and approach for putting together a business case that can be used and adapted as necessary to ensure that the case is robust and offers the best chance of success.
Hobbs rehabilitation: an inter-disciplinary private rehabilitation provider
Helen Hobbs, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurological Rehabilitation, Hobbs Rehabilitation, Winchester
This article describes how two physiotherapists, who had worked for many years in the NHS, set up their own private neurological centre under the umbrella of social entrepreneurism, and how the service has grown in the two years since it was established. It details the services the centre offers, the links they have established to provide episodes of intensive inpatient rehabilitation at Sarum Road Hospital in Winchester, and their hopes for how their service will develop in the future.
The sexual experience: revelations from women with multiple sclerosis
Shaniff Esmail, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation, University of Alberta, Canada
This article is the first in a series of four articles that will explore the experiences of couples in which one partner has been diagnosed with MS. This first article considers the experience of the woman diagnosed with MS and how the condition has affected their sexuality and relationship with their partner.