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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Workstream C: Audit – Get involved

21 August, 2019 | Posted in:

‘A pragmatic rolling UK MS audit: What data to collect and how to collect it painlessly’ Jeremy Hobart, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Health Measurement at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry is the representative on the national ‘Raising the bar’ steering group and lead for this workstream. Objectives:  To agree on the […]

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Workstream E: Wellness and lifestyle – Get involved

9 August, 2019 | Posted in:

Dr Agne Straukiene, consultant neurologist at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, is a representative on the national ‘Raising the bar’ steering group and the lead for this workstream. Objectives: To review the evidence that wellness and lifestyle interventions improve MS outcomes To define measurable outcomes in this area. To set achievable goals for […]

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Workstream D: Social determinants of health – Get involved

9 August, 2019 | Posted in:

Dr Helen Ford, Consultant Neurologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, and Prof Gavin Giovannoni, Professor of Neurology at Barts and The London led the initial discussions for this workstream. They invite other MS Academy members to join as lead representatives to help take the projects forward. Objectives: To review how the social determinants of health affect […]

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