MS Academy in the ACNR

10 October, 2019 | Posted in: ,

The Advances in Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation journal (ACNR) have published a piece on the MS Academy’s second meeting, which was held between 8–9 July, to tackle MS service variation in the NHS. The article introduces a three-year plan and an actionable to-do list infographic about our workstreams to highlight what improvements need to be made within […]

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New roles for new ways of working

1 October, 2019 | Posted in:

The way that we work must change, we have heard time and again throughout this work to tackle MS service variance.  Some of that change can mean utilising previously untapped resources, drawing on outside teams and expertise, or even developing new roles. The role of the neuropharmacist is one that is rapidly changing, with neuropharmacy […]

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The audit so far and a call to arms

27 September, 2019 | Posted in:

Audit, the act of examining, measuring and comparing, is the ultimate in information finding. It is essential to understand the current situation and to know whether improvement is being made over time.  When we first set out to tackle service variance in MS, we heard about the necessity of audit and quality improvement tools in […]

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Effective provision and monitoring of DMTs

27 September, 2019 | Posted in:

There has been a huge focus on the safety and efficacy of both provision and monitoring of disease-modifying therapies for MS over the past few years, and with the dramatic increase in the variety and availability of the treatment it is unsurprising. At the first MS Variance event we heard from neuropharmacist Rachel Dorsey-Campbell on […]

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Wellness and lifestyle – Focussing on the best practice currently available

18 September, 2019 | Posted in:

The array of evidence emerging around lifestyle risk factors for long term conditions is staggering, from the more expected vascular risks like smoking and alcohol misuse, to highly unexpected risks such as loneliness and even mid-life hearing loss. This workstream is exploring the evidence specifically relating to wellness and lifestyle interventions, and a renewed focus […]

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Audit – focussing on the best practice currently available

16 September, 2019 | Posted in:

Audit, the act of examining, measuring and comparing, is the ultimate in information finding. It is essential to understand the current situation and to know whether improvement is being made over time. A huge number of the posters submitted at ‘Raising the bar’ addressed either individual service audits across the country or thow to establish […]

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Health and wellness could revolutionise management of long term neurological conditions

9 September, 2019 | Posted in: ,

The latest emphasis in health and fitness circles has been on measuring, not our lifespans, but our ‘healthspans’. A societal effort to do the same might well present a possible solution to our growing healthcare challenges, and could revolutionise the way we manage neurological conditions. The latest edition of the British Journal for Neuroscience Nursing […]

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New ways of working and embracing patients as true partners in service delivery

22 August, 2019 | Posted in:

For many years, the importance of involving patients in service evaluation and planning has been a gold standard to commissioning cycles and service planning, and the necessity of shared decision-making has underpinned positive healthcare practice. However, the involvement of patients as equal partners in service delivery itself is a lesser-known concept.  At ‘Raising the bar’ […]

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