Ruth trained at the Royal Free Hospital, London, working in Neurology in her first year of nursing and has never looked back! Ruth is passionate about improving the care of people with a long-term neurological condition and has worked as a specialist nurse in Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone disease, Parkinson‘s and Movement Disorders (MD). Ruth has seen the emphasis of managing patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) change from very basic reactive symptom management to pro-active disease modifying therapies, giving patients hope.
During her career Ruth has helped set up a multi-disciplinary clinic for patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Australia; she set up the Neurology specialist nurse services at Kingston hospital as the lead nurse; she also set up the MS nursing service in Richmond and Movement Disorder(MD) nursing service at Charing Cross Hospital. Ruth now works within a community neuro rehabilitation service as an MS specialist nurse liasing with over 6 specialist centres to enable patients to be cared for close to home.
Ruth won the Neurology Academy MS Masterclass intermodule project in December 2019 with a joint venture mapping pathways for people with MS across Surrey and has since presented this back to the St George’s regional neurology team meeting; she has presented at the annual MS Trust conference on an Integrated care Pathway (ICP) for Richmond in 2015; Ruth was invited by the MS Trust to sit on the MS decisions editorial panel in 2015; she has worked with NHS Right Care to develop ideas and potential solutions for future MS services; and was lead author on 2 documents used nationally in MD management.
Ruth remains dedicated to long term neurology recognising her current role enables her to influence the care and management of patients with MS within health and social care in her area.