MS service variance – the way forward

October 15, 2018

Access to services for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is well known to be varied, with phrases like ‘postcode lottery’ and ‘patchy’ commonly used to describe people’s access to the care and support that they need. Anecdotally known of for some time, recent evidence now highlights not just the variation, but the impact it has […]

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MS community fight for new drug to treat primary-progressive MS

September 14, 2018

New disease-modifying drug Ocrelizumab could be the treatment that many people with primary-progressive MS have been waiting for, but despite positive clinical outcomes, it has yet to be licensed here in the UK. Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes inflammation of the nerve cells in the brain and spine, and disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are a form of […]

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Autumn 2018 MS MasterClass project winners announced

September 7, 2018

Congratulations are thoroughly deserved by our latest MS MasterClass project winners. The most recent cohort of delegates to complete their intermodule projects met last night at their Awards dinner during this Autumn MasterClass course. MS specialist nurse Daisy Cam won the Project Award for her research into the use of alternative therapies in treating MS. […]

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Technology advances in neurology healthcare

August 31, 2018

We live in a technological era and seldom a moment goes by when we are not using some sort of device or app, browsing the internet or relating across social media. Healthcare has long seemed behind in using these advances in technology to improve their services, but this is beginning to change. Exciting headway From […]

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NHS@70: Postcode prescribing and doing something about it

July 30, 2018

By Prof Gavin Giovannoni Article originally published on 5 July 2018 on the Barts MS Blog   Today is the NHS’ 70th Birthday. Happy Birthday we love you! We know you are the best value for money health service in the world and that you try your best with limited resources. We want to pledge […]

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Changes to diagnostic criteria in MS to improve speed and accuracy of diagnosis

July 20, 2018

Experts in multiple sclerosis (MS) have recently recommended changes to the widely used diagnostic criteria for the condition. The McDonald criteria, first published in 2010, allows diagnosis of MS after one relapse, if an MRI imaging scan shows evidence of damage to the brain through lesions developing. Lately experts have gathered to review the criteria, […]

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2018 MS MasterClass 3 winners announced

June 8, 2018

Last night, the winners of the 2018 MS MasterClass intermodule delegate projects were announced. Dr Rachel Dorsey-Campbell was voted winner by her peer group and faculty for implementing a pharmacy-led prescribing and monitoring service for natalizumab. Her research found that the new service resulted in better monitoring of patient health when being treated, making the […]

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GIRFT (Get it Right First Time) – Parkinson’s and MS services to be reviewed in National Census

May 31, 2018

Following the successful completion of a quality improvement pilot in orthopaedic surgery entitled Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), the Department of Health and NHS Improvement (NHSI) have commissioned an expansion of the GIRFT programme that will cover an additional 35 clinical areas over four years from April 2017 to support providers in delivering clinical […]

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MS MasterClass graduate has course-based research published by ABN

May 16, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bindu Yoga, an MS MasterClass graduate, has recently had a poster selected by the Association of British Neurologists (ABN) for her work on timely access to disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) in multiple sclerosis (MS). Current guidelines say treatment should start ‘as soon as possible’ after a decision is made, […]

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