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Practical guides and useful links

Below you'll find our collection of guides to managing symptoms and improving services, as well as links to professional organisations, clinical guidelines, policy briefings, reports, and related websites.

Practical guides

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Eight Steps to Improving Your Relapse Service

Our 2016 practical consensus guide aimed at MS nurses, GPs and health professionals involved in relapse care for people with MS. In addition, our developing relapse services resources feature downloadable guides to help improve services

MS and sex: a resource for health professionals (PDF 7.9mb)

A 2014 consensus guide for healthcare professionals to enable discussions about key concepts of sexual health and wellbeing, determine the right assessment tools, explore how a sexual history is taken and more. Published by Oyster Healthcare Communications. Biogen paid for the development and printing of this resource, but generated none of the content

You can also read this useful blog about supporting people with MS to discuss sexual problems in MS by MS nurses Nicki Abel, Denise Middleton and Lesley Catterall. 

Bladder consensus resource (PDF 2.3mb)

A 2009 leaflet for health professionals summarising a consensus on assessments for bladder problems in MS. This resource helps professionals offer appropriate tests and guidance to people with MS suffering from bladder problems

Professional organisations


UK MS Specialist Nurse Association (UKMSSNA)

The UKMSSNA is a professional membership organisation for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Therapists in MS. The UKMSSNA provides support, information and education to MS specialists across the UK, to enable them to provide appropriate healthcare services to people affected by MS 

Therapists in MS (TiMS)

TiMS is an initiative which brings together allied health professionals who share a special interest in MS. TiMS supports, strengthens and promotes the role of therapy in MS care, and shares expertise among UK therapists working with people with MS. TiMS is supported and facilitated by the MS Trust.

Clinical guidelines

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NICE Quality Standard: Multiple Sclerosis [QS108]

This January 2016 quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of MS in adults consisting of a set of specific and measurable statements and drawing on previous guidance

Association of British Neurologists: revised guidelines for prescribing disease-modifying treatments in multiple sclerosis

This 2015 report represents a consensus by British Neurologists on the use of all approved disease modifying treatments for MS in the UK

NICE Guideline on MS

These 2014 guidelines define the standards of MS care for the NHS in England: an accompanying Quality Standard was published in 2016

NHS England Clinical Commissioning Policy: Disease Modifying Therapies for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis 

NHS England's 2014 criteria for NHS funding of DMT treatment in England

Quality Improvement Scotland Neurological Health Services Clinical Standards

The 2009 quality standards to be met by neurological services across Scotland, including those for MS

National Service Framework for Long Term Neurological Conditions

Although no longer current, the 2005 NSF was an influential 10-year plan for improving neurological services in the NHS


Briefings and reports

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My MS My Needs: Is access to treatment still a lottery?

A September 2016 report by the MS Society based on the results of the My MS My Needs survey they conducted, which received over 11,000 responses: this is the largest collection of patient-reported data from the UK MS community to date.

Transforming Community Neurology: What commissioners need to know

A June 2016 guide produced by the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network to encourage the adoption of community-based care models to improve the quality of life for people with long-term neurological conditions

Measuring the burden of hospitalisation in multiple sclerosis

This 2015 disease insight report was jointly written by NHiS Commissioning Excellence and the MS Trust to highlight how better, more cost effective services can be delivered for people with MS

Brain Health: time matters in multiple sclerosis

This 2015 report presents consensus recommendations on diagnosis, therapeutic strategies and improving access to treatment in MS

Five Year Forward View, NHS England

A 2014 report that sets out a shared vision for the future of the NHS based around new models of care

National audit of services for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Audits carried out in 2008 and 2011 by the Royal College of Physicians and the MS Trust

Physiotherapy works: evidence briefing

A 2011 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy summary of evidence for physiotherapy

Evaluation of MS Specialist Nurses (PDF 1.4mb)

In 2001, Dr Jane Johnson and colleagues at South Bank University evaluated the impact of two of the first MS specialist nurse posts and found evidence of reduced hospital admissions


Other websites

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Strategic Clinical Networks

MS is covered by the 12 Strategic Clinical Networks across England covering Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions which exist to improve quality and link clinicians together

Sustainability and Transformation Plans

NHS planning guidance for 16/17-20/21 to help ensure that health and social care services are built around the needs of local populations. To do this, every health and care system in England will produce a multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), showing how local services will evolve and deliver the Five Year Forward View.

Apollo Nursing Resource

Developed by Ulster University and bringing together numerous resources providing evidence for the value of specialist nurses. 

Capturing the impact of nurse consultants 

Developed by Sheffield Hallam University and the Burdett Trust, this website has a useful toolkit on identifying and measuring outcomes

Specialist neuro-rehabilitation service standards: providing for patients with complex rehabilitation needs

Service standards created by the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine for specialist neuro-rehabilitation services

The King's Fund 

The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. This website contains a number of useful resources, interesting blogs and key publications about health policy in England. In 2017, the King's Fund released a short video - 'How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide' - which aims to demystify the complex structure of the NHS in England and how it is changing.


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