A North East NHS trust has become the latest to benefit from a pioneering specialist nurse programme to help patients with multiple sclerosis.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recruited a specialist nurse thanks to the fundraising efforts of supporters at the Multiple Sclerosis Trust charity.
“We know the new MS nurses will make a huge difference to local people living with MS and we will be there to support them every step”
The charity has helped to fund and recruit Claire Nasbitt as part of its campaign to ensure nobody living in the UK has to manage the condition alone.
Ms Nasbitt will be working as a specialist nurse at the programme at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, to help provide more accessible support to around 2,000 patients.
According to the NHS trust, MS specialist nurses are vital for people living with the condition that affects the brain and or spinal cord which can cause a wide range of symptoms including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
MS specialist nurses can help patients to adjust to their diagnosis, consider complicated treatment options, manage a wide range of symptoms and learn to live well with an unpredictable, often debilitating, lifelong condition, the trust explained.
The MS Trust conducts regular research into nursing levels across the UK and has found around two-thirds of people with MS in the UK live in areas where there aren’t enough MS nurses.
Jo Sopala, director of health professional programmes at the MS Trust, said: “We know the new MS nurses will make a huge difference to local people living with MS and we will be there to support them every step of the way.”
Claire, who previously worked as a nurse on the acute neurology ward and in the community, said: “I love being a nurse as I enjoy caring for people and strive to deliver the best care for them.
“I am really looking forward to the MS Trust’s training programme and developing into my new role,” she added.