MS Academy Christmas newsletter 2019

18 December, 2019 | Posted in:

By Prof Gavin Giovannoni, Academic Director “Bah! Humbug!” where did 2019 go to? The theory that time passes quicker as you get older is based on the fact that you do fewer novel things and hence have fewer new memories to expand your perception of time. This can’t be said for the MS Academy in 2019. […]

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MS and pregnancy survey for neurologists

10 December, 2019 | Posted in:

As part of her pregnancy work, our speaker Dr Ruth Dobson is keen to establish variation in practice around MS and pregnancy across the UK. To do this, a group of neurologists have developed a questionnaire to evaluate this. Dear neurologists, We are interested to know what neurologists are doing with regard to prescribing in […]

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Data and audit – workstream update

9 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

These two workstreams have been merged due to the significant overlap between them. Led by Professor Jeremy Hobart and Dr David Rog, they underpin much of our ability to make lasting change in the most effective way possible. So far: 100% of the professionals at the audit workstream session in July agreed to participate in […]

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Social determinants of health – workstream update

9 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

The social determinants of health (SDoH) are life-enhancing resources (fig 1): Their distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life. It is critical that we address these elements if we are to ‘raise the bar’ for everyone with MS, irrespective of their background, circumstances, education or income. Our starting point is to gather […]

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Wellbeing and lifestyle – workstream update

9 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

The need to look at a wider picture of a person’s health, wellness and lifestyle, including nutrition, movement, sleep and stress, is becoming more widely accepted. Stress has been found to trigger relapse in MS (Mohr: 2004), and evidence around moving more and eating non-processed, natural food linked to improved mental and physical health across […]

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Patients as partners – workstream update

9 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

Shift.ms lead this workstream with their community of people living with MS, or MSers as they term themselves, sharing and supporting the development of a model that gives people with MS the tools, information and confidence they need to live their best life with MS, from treatments to activities, across work life and home life. […]

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The Leadership MasterClass

8 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

The applicants for the first Leadership MasterClass, taking place in February 2020, have been selected. The nine successful delegates will attend their first retreat on 19th February for a three-day retreat, covering ‘leading in a VUCA world’, ‘leading self’, and ‘leading others’.  When asked how this course on change leadership is different to any other […]

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This MS MasterClass 8 intermodule project winner announced

6 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

This week, our eighth MS MasterClass shared their practical projects and then voted for the most innovative, interesting or inspiring amongst them. A joint project by Ruth Stross, MS Nurse Specialist, Surrey Downs Health and Care and Dr Ioana Cociasu, Clinical Fellow in Neurology, St George’s Hospital was voted as the overall winner. They have […]

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