Explore our range of resources on topics such as symptom management, self management and the latest equipment and technology.

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Symptom management


The MS Trust asked Dr Val Stevenson, Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London to answer some questions often asked by people with MS, about spasticity.

MS and fatigue

Presented by Alison Nock and Vicky Slingsby, Occupational Therapists, Dorset MS Service, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and delivered at the 2013, MS Trust annual conference.


Wendy Hendrie, Specialist Physiotherapist in MS at Norwich MS Centre, introduces 'Helping people with multiple sclerosis cope with ataxia', which was delivered at the 2013, MS Trust annual conference.

Sleep disturbance

Assessment and management of sleep disturbance in people with MS: a survey of clinical practice

Ewa Johansson-Charles, Occupational Therapist, Ealing Hospital presented a full report of the project undertaken by the Therapists in MS Research Project Group

Assessment and management of sleep disturbance in people with MS (PDF 334kb)

Delivered: Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS) conference 2012

Sleep disturbance in MS

Paula Cowan BSc, Leeds Metropolitan University thesis submitted as fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science in Multiple Sclerosis.

Sleep disturbance in MS (PDF 3.75mb)

Submitted: August 2009

Self management

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dr Sarah Gillanders, MS Specialist Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Dr David Gillanders, Academic Director, Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh, introduce Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for people with MS.

Equipment and technology

Latest advances in assistive technology

Part 1. Communication, environmental control and computer access

Phil Palmer Occupational Therapist Access to Communication and Technology (ACT)

Communication, environmental control and computer access (PDF 2.7mb)

Delivered: 2012, MS Trust annual conference

Part 2. 'From Poundland to broadband': supporting choice, control and independence through assistive technology

Jim Ellam, Assistive Technology Project Lead, Staffordshire County Council.

Assistive technology (PDF 2.2mb)

Delivered: 2012, MS Trust annual conference

Service development

Generating Evidence in Multiple Sclerosis Services (GEMSS)

Geraldine Mynors, health consultant with Mynors Suppiah, presented this ongoing project (pilot to programme) being undertaken for specialist MS Nurses. To improve the breadth and quality of evidence base for MS specialist services; recognising the need to make a compelling case for the retention and development of services in the environment of massive organisational changes within the NHS.

GEMSS (PDF 870kb)

Delivered: 2012, TiMS committee meeting, MS Trust annual conference


Influencing commissioners and GPs

Patrick Caroll, Lead Allied Health Professional, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust delivered this thought provoking presentation on making sure that patients get access to the services they need, and how getting the message across is more important than ever. Some people have good relations with local commissioners, but that is by no means universal.

Influencing commissioners and GPs (PDF 1.5mb)

Delivered: 2012, TiMS committee meeting


Impact of NHS reforms on AHPs

Karen Middleton, Chief Health Professions Officer and most senior allied health professional adviser to the government, delivered a detailed presentation about the potential contained within the proposed NHS reforms and the potential impact on AHPs. Karen makes it clear that there are opportunities for AHPs to add something to the commissioning of services, but that AHPs need to be more confident about influencing commissioners given that their wealth of experience and knowledge could significantly improve the commissioning of integrated care for people with MS.

Impact of NHS reforms on AHPs (PDF 1.1mb)

Delivered: 2011

Personal development

Developing a postgraduate qualification in MS for therapists

Michelle Ennis, Clinical Tutor, University of Liverpool

Developing a postgraduate qualification in MS for therapists (PDF 435kb)

Delivered: 2011


Reflective practice

The TiMS committee met in February 2011 and, as part of the session, they had a presentation from Lou Jarrett, RGN, PhD which stimulated discussion and thoughts about using guided reflection as a process of self-inquiry and transformation.

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