Why tackle variance in MS services?

15 February, 2019 | Posted in:

This final article in our Spotlight series actually features the opening presenters at our ‘the Way Forward’ event. Yet after delving into the specifics of the true cost of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) or the way we can use data to reduce variation, it brings us full circle, back to the reasons why we need to […]

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Spotlight on Blueteq data

11 February, 2019 | Posted in:

Malcolm Qualie, Pharmacy Lead for Specialised Commissioning NHS England, spoke to ‘the Way Forward’ event on Blueteq’s potential contribution to reducing variance. Outlining the landscape for pharmacological interventions in the UK, the room was reminded that, due to people living longer, more complex and innovative medicines are being developed, and more specialist medicines being used. […]

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Inequalities in access to health and social care

31 January, 2019 | Posted in:

At ‘the Way Forward’ on 1-2nd November, health care professionals were specifically in attendance to tackle the problem of variance in multiple sclerosis (MS) services. As Professor Gavin Giovannoni noted when he summed up progress midway through the event, unwanted variance could just as happily be referred to as ‘inequality’ and this is what Prof […]

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Variance in the provision of MS Nurse Specialists

18 January, 2019 | Posted in:

At the multiple sclerosis (MS) service variance event on the 2nd November, David Martin, CEO of the MS Trust, began his talk with an apology. ‘This brilliant report has been buried on the MS Trust website,’ he said. David was speaking to the room on the variance in provision of MS specialist nurses, and the report […]

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‘Getting it right first time (GIRFT)’ – using data to improve clinical services

11 January, 2019 | Posted in:

The national GIRFT programme was established by NHS Improvement in partnership with Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and seeks to improve the quality of care within the NHS by reducing unwarranted variations. Dr Geraint Fuller leads on the neurology workstream and on 2nd November he presented to the ‘MS Services: the Way Forward’ conference […]

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Learning from others: lessons from cardiac surgery

4 January, 2019 | Posted in:

When faced with a daunting challenge, one of the best places to start is often to look at how others have tackled the same challenge; to take forward what they did well and to learn from their mistakes. On 2nd November, the multiple sclerosis (MS) community who had gathered in the name of ending MS […]

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MS Variance: Developing the systems and tools to end variance

21 December, 2018 | Posted in:

One of the discussions which happened time and time again during our ‘MS Service Provision in the UK; the Way Forward’ meeting on 1-2 November was around the systems, tools and mechanisms needed to end unwanted variance in MS services and support. From the usefulness of the systems for measuring disease progression to the systems […]

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MS Trust report highlights inequality in MS care

17 December, 2018 | Posted in:

By Jo Sopala and David Martin, MS Trust A new report commissioned by the MS Trust has found that many MS specialist nurses are routinely managing more patients than the recommended caseload. As a result, people with MS are missing out on the vital care and support they need and deserve. The report follows on from […]

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MS Variance: The ‘co-ordinated multidisciplinary team meeting’ and what that term really means

14 December, 2018 | Posted in:

A coordinated multidisciplinary team, or ‘MDT’ is one of the things that almost all of healthcare can agree on as an essential part of care for someone living with a long-term condition, like multiple sclerosis (MS). This is supported by NICE guidance which clearly states that all patients should have access to one. In addition […]

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