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The case for MS services

Please note that this website formed a pilot for a later MS information resource, eventually hosted elsewhere but now discontinued. For this reason, and bearing in mind that this section of the SWANO website has not been updated since 2011, some of the information is therefore out of date. Nevertheless, some of the information stored here may be of interest and is as valid then as now.

January 2015

The case for review - MS prevalence figures revised upwards
The case for MS services
The case for working with the MS Society/SWANO
Tools for service redesign
MS tariffs
The case for independent living
The case for services for carers
The case for MS psychology services
The case for MS specialist nursing
The case for retaining MS specialsit nurses
The case for MS physiotherapists
The case for occupational therapists
The case for MS speech and language therapy
The case for MS continence services
The case for MS palliative care  
The case for FES  

IThe MS Society estimates that there are approximately 107,000 people with MS in the UK, and that each year 5,000 people are newly diagnosed with the condition.

This means a round one in every 600 people in the UK has MS. E ach day, approximately 14 people are diagnosed with MS (1).

Long term conditions generally have a significant impact on the NHS, accounting for (2):

  • 80% of GP consultations
  • 80% of hospital in-patient bed days
  • 40% of outpatient activity

Investment in services for people affected by MS is essential and accords with national policies and performance drivers. Significantly, investment in MS services makes sound economic sense. For example, research has shown that each MS specialist nurse saves the NHS over £64,000 every year due to fewer unexpected hospital admissions and bed days taken up (3).

In supporting people to live independent and fulfilling lives, the adoption of a person-centred, enabling and preventative approach by the multi-disciplinary MS team ticks many boxes.

If you would like to discuss support available from the MS Society please visit the contact page to get in touch with a local service development officer.

The Department of Health expects that a large proportion of new Quality Accounts will be determined locally 'through engagement with local stakeholders'.

The 2009 Health Bill, which has now completed its committee stage (Oct 09), will place a legal requirement on all providers of NHS health care services to publish Quality Accounts.
The Framework of Quality Accounts: A consultation on the proposals
Department of Health 17.09.09.
Further info here

The case for MS specialist services

(1) This MS Society-funded study of GP records was undertaken in 2009 by Dr Sara Thomas and Professor Andy Hall from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, working with Rachael Williams and Tim Williams from the General Practice Research Database (GPRD). Further info
(2) Rising to the challenge:will the NHS support people with long term conditions?
Tim Wilson, David Buck and Chris Ham - BMJ, 2005 March 19; 330(7492): 657–661..
Further info
(3) Johnson, J et al (2002) Evaluation of MS nurse specialists: a review and development of the role. Letchworth & London: MS Trust and South Bank University Further info
View the MS Society's range of free publications here

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