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The case for MS specialist nurses

The case for MS nursesResearch indicates that each MS specialist nurse saves the NHS over £64,000 every year due to fewer unexpected hospital admissions and bed days taken up.
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 (1)

The case for MS specialist nurses

The case for MS nurses Research demonstrates that an avoidable pressure ulcer resulting from poor MS care costs an estimated £10,551 (2)
The case for MS nurses MS specialist nurses can reduce GP referrals to acute neurology services, freeing consultant time and increasing potential to meet and improve eighteen-week referral to treatment targets
The case for MS nurses MS specialist nurses can reduce actual appointment time for GPs and neurologists
The case for MS nurses MS specialist nurses can facilitate timely referral to other services and ensure appropriate discharge planning, which:
  • prevents unplanned, emergency admissions/readmissions
  • prevents bed-blocking
  • reduces referrals to acute neurology services
The case for MS nurses MS specialist nurses can increase awareness by other staff of the needs of people with complex disabilities, leading to:
  • fewer inappropriate referrals
  • fewer unplanned and emergency admissions
The case for MS nurses MS specialist nurses can ensure compliance with/adherence to the NICE Guidelines on MS and the NSF for Long-term Conditions
The case for MS specialist nurses MS specialist nurses can ensure delivery of the MS Risk Sharing Scheme, which is mandatory for all primary, and acute care trusts (HSC 2002/004 – revised 11/06)
The case for MS specialist nurses MS specialist nurses can be non-medical prescribers, enabling comprehensive and responsive care for people with MS
The case for MS specialist nurses MS specialist nurses have a comprehensive competency framework to enable consistency of quality and expertise across the workforce

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Further information  
(1) 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
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(2) Royal College of Physicians/MS Trust. National Audit of Services for People with Multiple Sclerosis (London, 2008).
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