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Way Ahead Volume 16 Part 1 (January 2012)

Health and Social Care Bill - where are we now?

Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development, MS Trust

In January 2011, the Coalition Government launched the Health and Social Care Bill which then began to make its way through Parliament. The Bill proposed massive changes to the structure of the NHS in England and due to controversy over its content, the government was forced to stop its progress for several months. This article looks at where the Bill is now, how it has changed over the months and what it might mean to people with MS and the services they use.

Maintaining skin integrity - a case study

Verity Dods, MS Specialist Nurse, Surrey Community Health, Henley

The occurrence of pressure ulcers has been identified by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a sentinel event. Each pressure ulcer should be reported, the cause investigated and action taken to reduce the risks of recurrence. In this article, an experienced MS specialist nurse shares a case study to demonstrate that a multidisciplinary approach can be successful in maintaining skin integrity.

The impact of MS on my working life

Cathy John, Freelance Writer, Dorset

Many people with MS want to work, yet a recent report by the Work Foundation showed some staggering statistics about the challenge of continuing to work once diagnosed with MS. In the following article, Cathy John eloquently describes her personal account of how she tackled the disclosure of her MS, both with her colleagues and the public, used the support of her health professionals and health resources, involved her employer and employees and took on new career ventures.

Improvement of MS services - the outpatient experience

Alison Thomson, Designer and Action-researcher, Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary University of London and Barts, London

The designer and researcher Alison Thomson has been collaborating with the Neuroimmunology group at Barts and the London NHS Trust for over two years, to co-create a solution to improve the outpatient experience of people with MS using their service. This article describes the research undertaken to achieve this outcome.

Highlights from the 2011 MS Trust annual conference

Information Team, MS Trust

Oveview of the key plenary and seminar sessions from the 2011 MS Trust annual conference.

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