MS Awareness Week at the Scottish Parliament

This MS Awareness Week (24-30 April) the MS Society Scotland are in the Scottish Parliament in a bid to raise awareness of the vital role the MS nurse has on the lives of people living with the neurological condition

Bill Kidd MSP pledged his support for MS nurses in Scotland: "I have friends with MS who demostrate they are as capable as anyone else in any job situation, although adaptations must be made. It is very important that these adaptations are written into legislation to ensure those with MS who wish to work can do so in a supported way. I congratulate the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the campaign for MS Nurses and support them for looking for a growth of this service. I would also like to extend my congratulations to George Adam MSP and Stacey Adam for their continious work in the Scottish Parliament of raising awareness of MS and for hosting the MS Society this week." 

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Regularly cited as a key contact for people with MS, the role and responsibilities of the MS nurse can be wide-ranging and varied. These include monitoring people for potentially dangerous side effects who are receiving drug modifying therapies (DMTs), as well as giving emotional support and helping to navigate the social care system. The specialist role means that nurses can also provide expert advice to their patients on symptom management and living as best as possible with MS. 

Despite the importance of this role, only five of the 11 mainland health boards are deemed to have sustainable levels of MS nurse provision. In one health board the case load is four times the recommended amount. 

Morna Simpkins, Director for MS Society Scotland said: “Over the years the role of the MS Specialist Nurse has become more complex, we need this to be recognised and resourced by the health service in order to give people with MS the support they need.

“MS is an unpredictable and sometimes painful condition that can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves – and we need to ensure that people are receiving the support and care they need to live as well as they can with MS.”

Over 11,000 people in Scotland live with MS which can be unpredictable and can affect how a person thinks, feels and moves. For more information on the work of the MS Society, please visit www.mssociety.org.uk


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