MS MasterClass project goes national

1 March, 2019 | Posted in:

Rachelle Shafei attended an MS MasterClass last year, and when selecting her intermodule project, took the opportunity to tackle an unmet need both locally and nationally – the prevention of listeriosis in MS patients receiving alemtuzumab. The disease-modifying treatment (DMT) is one of several that people with multiple sclerosis can use to slow or even […]

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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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Starting the new year on a high

24 January, 2019 | Posted in:

We at the Neurology Academy are dedicated to delivering the very best educational experience to all our clients, whether through one of our MasterClasses, a roadshow or other supportive work. We put our heart into what we do, seeking to ultimately make a difference to people with neurological conditions through the clinicians who support them. […]

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Shortlisted at HSJ Partnership Awards 2019 for Best Educational Programme for the NHS

22 January, 2019 | Posted in:

The Neurology Academy is thrilled to announce that we've been shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019 in the category Best Educational Programme for the NHS! Our entry for this award is 'Addressing variation in MS services nationally through clinical engagement and collaboration'. This is done in a number of ways through our main MasterClass programmes and MS Variance meetings. [...]

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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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Consensus guidelines reached regarding pregnancy and MS

15 January, 2019 | Posted in: ,

A set of guidelines on multiple sclerosis (MS) and pregnancy have been produced for the UK, supported by the Association of British Neurologists. The first of their kind, the guidance covers all elements of care related to pregnancy for those living with MS, from pre-pregnancy support to management of medication during pregnancy, birth-related guidance and […]

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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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