MS Service Provision in the UK 2020: Raising the Bar
This virtual meeting will run over 3 days, starting at 17/18:00 GMT: 4, 10 & 11 November 2020
- Wednesday, 4 Nov: 5.00 – 8.30pm
- Tuesday, 10 Nov: 6.00 – 8.40pm
- Wednesday, 11 Nov: 6.00 – 8.45pm
This year's annual conference to discuss and share all things focussed on 'raising the bar for MS' will be fully virtual.
Much has been accomplished as we reach our third year of five in this national initiative to 'raise the bar' for MS, seeking to improve the experiences of those living with MS and the professionals supporting them. The past few months, however, have seen a necessary and significant shift in the work's scope and focus.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected our healthcare system, impacting the way we treat people already living with MS at a time when those treatments were already calling for a change to the way we do things.
Now, adding pre and rehabilitation, as well as responding to the neurological needs in some people who have contracted COVID-19, places further stress on already stretched neurological services.
The unsustainability of this situation, combined with new requirements for social settings demands new ways of working, new ways of consulting, treating and monitoring people with MS, and requires ever more flexibility, resilience, and willingness to change, learn and change again.
- Improve the quality of life for people with MS
- Improve access to specialist services for people with MS
- Improve outcomes for people with MS
- Improve the efficiency of healthcare utilisation for MS services
- Increase MS patient / MSer empowerment and activation
Postcode prescribing and other variances in MS Services were highlighted at our previous MS Academy meetings in Birmingham. At our previous meetings, we reviewed many of the underlying reasons for variation in MS services and put in place potential solutions. The data and audit workstreams have been our priority in year 1 and due to a large overlap in their activities, they have been merged. Progress and activities around ‘patients as partners’, the ‘social determinants of health’ and the ‘wellness & lifestyle’ workstreams will be reviewed.
The separate sub-committees will report back the results of their work and invite comment and further participation from other MS centres in the UK. Another output from the 2019 meeting was the setting-up and running of a leadership training programme. The good news is that the leadership course was funded and the first group of leaders will have graduated by the time of our 2020 ‘Raising the Bar’ meeting. As part of this leadership course, they will complete a national project the output of which will be presented at the meeting. Another important remit of the ‘Raising the Bar’ meeting is sharing best practice. We will also be asking some of our previous MS Academy winners to showcase their projects and to update us on how the MS Academy has changed their practice. We will also be expecting participating centres to present examples of service improvement projects that have made a difference in their centres at the meeting. Attendees will vote and the winner(s) will be given an opportunity to present their work at the meeting.
Chair: Prof Gavin Giovannoni
- Audit and Data: Dr David Rog, Prof Jeremy Hobart & Joela Mathews
- Patients as Partners: George Pepper & Rob Sloan
- Healthy Lifestyle: Dr Agne Straukiene
- Social Determinants of Health: Prof Gavin Giovannoni, Dr Helen Ford & Dr Saúl Reyes
Who this meeting is for
This meeting is for everyone involved in MS care and services e.g. healthcare professionals, allied health professionals, researchers, commissioners, MS charity representatives etc.
Pharmaceutical company representatives must be from a company sponsoring the conference. A limited number of spaces will be available to those companies sponsoring the conference.
This meeting is fully funded.
'Virtual MS Service Provision in the UK 2020: Raising the Bar' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 8 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).
Extent of representation
If you have any queries, please contact Arthi Rajkumar at email@example.com to discuss.
This activity has been supported by sponsorship from Roche Products Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, Sanofi Genzyme and Biogen Idec Ltd. The sponsors have had no control over the educational content of this activity.
ChairProf Gavin Giovannoni
Professor of Neurology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
SpeakersDr David Rog
Consultant Neurologist, Salford Royal Prof Jeremy Hobart
Consultant Neurologist, University Hospitals Plymouth Joela Mathews
Lead neuroscience pharmacist, Barts Health NHS Trust Dr Agne Straukiene
Consultant neurologist, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Caroline Clarke
Chief Executive, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Prof Carolyn Young
Consultant Neurologist, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust Dr Emma Tallantyre
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University Prof Richard Nicholas
Consultant Neurologist, Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust Dr Ruth Dobson
Clinical senior lecturer, Preventive Neurology Unit, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, QMUL Prof Gabriele De Luca
Clinician-scientist in Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford
Encouraging excellence, developing leaders, inspiring change
MS Academy was established five years ago and in that time has accomplished a huge amount. The six different levels of specialist MS training are dedicated to case-based learning and practical application of cutting edge research. Home to national programme Raising the Bar and the fantastic workstream content it is producing, this is an exciting Academy to belong to.