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Way Ahead Volume 17 Part 2 (April 2013)

Progressive MS...hope for the future

Amy Bowen, Director of Service Development, MS Trust

This article gives details of a new global research collaborative that is emerging with a focus on developing safe and effective treatments for progressive MS.

Broadening horizons for MS caregivers: launching MS Nurse PROfessional

Vicki Matthews, Nurse Advisor, MS Trust

This article outlines details of a new accredited educational tool, MS Nurse PROfessional, an online modular education programme for those working with people with multiple sclerosis. The programme aims to standardise care for people with MS across the European Union.

Policy and campaigning

Alice Hamilton, Policy Officer, MS Trust

Outlines the new structure of the NHS in England as well as a round-up of other health news from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Two MS services are better than one 

Tarek Gaber, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Leigh Infirmary, Leigh

Regionally-based MS specialist services are considerd by many clinicians and service users as the gold standard model for service delivery. However, the longer a person has lived with MS, the more likely it is that the emphasis of their care will shift to a rehabilitation approach, with emotional, social and vocational needs taking centre stage. This article describes a new model for neuro services in Bolton, Greater Manchester - a regional diagnostic/early management service, but a local needs-based service.

Focusing on unplanned admissions in MS through clinical audit 

Sophie Binks, Medical Student, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton

Unplanned hospital admissions in people with MS are an emerging area of focus. This article details a clinical audit of unplanned hospital admissions in people with MS at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Development of a self management programme for people with a neurological condition

Jill Hazan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Hertfodshire Neurological Service, Abbots Langley

This article describes the establishment of a self management programme for people with a neurological condition, including multiple sclerosis which has been running for two years.

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