The NHS needs to reset and reform services for neurology – now.


MS Academy has commissioned a brand new report setting out a roadmap for MS services following the impact of COVID-19 on an already stretched NHS.

'NHS Reset and Reform: A new direction for health and care in multiple sclerosis' is a clear and actionable report, bringing together the expert views of multiple stakeholders across the MS community.

'COVID has required us to stop and restart services. Why not restart them better?'

Dr Ian Pomeroy, Consultant Neurologist, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Funded by Roche and facilitated by Professor of Neurology and MS Academy's Academic Director Gavin Giovannoni, healthcare consultant Sue Thomas, and business improvement mentor Anthony Lawton, the report assesses the current challenges facing MS services. This includes those resulting from the pandemic, and those facing the MS community for some years - overstretched, underfunded, inequitable services.

Taken from p15 of 'NHS Reset and Reform', 2021

To make the content of the report as accessible and engaging as possible, we have developed a short video report, bringing together some of the expert voices who have contributed to the formal written version. A broader range of videos share the content of the report through the lens of their experiences, both of services during the coronavirus pandemic and in the years prior to it.

'This isn't about digital exclusion or even about digital inclusion; it's about making services that are fit for the future.'

Helen Crowther, Clinical Nurse Advisor, NHS England NHSX

The need to 'reset and reform' NHS services for MS is addressed in six key themes. All of these place an overarching focus on patient quality of care, staff wellbeing and integration.

These themes are:

  • Leadership
  • Pathway mapping, implementation and innovation
  • Commissioning and service management
  • Workforce capacity and funding
  • Integration and system working
  • People with MS: addressing health inequalities
'We have been supporting healthcare professionals for years as they face these challenges, as they strive to do the best they can for their patients in the face of stretched services, underfunding, overwhelming caseloads and an awareness of the populations who are being left behind despite their best efforts.

We are proud to be supporting them now, by commissiong this report and setting out the steps needed to overcome these challenges, to improve the experiences of those living with MS - and the professionals supporting them.'

Sarah Gillett, Managing Director of Neurology Academy

Download now (MS-Academy-nhs-reset-reform-report-DIGITAL-FEB21.pdf)

Thanks to our sponsor, Roche

The 'Reset and Reform' report has been sponsored by Roche Products Limited. Roche Products Limited has had no control over the educational content of this publication.

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