MS is a complex and unpredictable life-long condition. There is no known cause or cure and the impact of diagnosis can be devastating. MS specialist nurses are vital in helping people come to terms with their MS and ensuring they get the care they need - but there are simply not enough. The MS Trust aims to change this by campaigning for better MS resources, providing accredited training for health professionals who work with MS and funding new MS Nurses in the areas where they are needed most.
Changes happening within the NHS mean that quality healthcare for the 100,000 people with MS in the UK is being seriously compromised. It is estimated that 2 in 3 people with MS in the UK - around 68,000 people - live in an area where there are not enough MS Specialist nurses, meaning many are missing out on the care they need.
The MS Trust now funds new MS Nurses in areas where these are so desperately needed - paying for the training, development and salaries of the new nurses in their first year in post. We also remain committed to the ongoing training and development of all MS Nurses in the UK to ensure that they are able to offer the best possible care for their patients. And we continue to campaign for improved MS resources both at a national level and also by empowering health professionals to do this locally.
The aim of the MS Trust Nurse Program is to make sure everyone with MS has access to an MS specialist nurse who is well informed and supported, with a manageable caseload. Just 15 years ago there were only a handful of MS specialist nurses and we now have 240. The difference this has made for people with MS is huge, but we need at least 350 nurses to ensure no-one is left to manage their MS alone.