10 April 2002
More than 30 specialist multiple sclerosis nurse posts have now been created across the UK within the MS Nurse Fund programme run by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The latest appointments - based at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport
Droitwich Health Centre in Worcestershire were announced ahead of
national MS Week (14 to 21 April 2002) by the Society's director of research and services, Sharon Haffenden.
She said, "We are delighted with the success of the scheme, which is
helping us towards equal access to MS healthcare and stimulating the
development of multi-disciplinary services for people with MS. In a few
months time we shall be announcing the next phase, which will expand the
scope of the Fund".
Under the scheme, the Society funds up to £10,000 of each post's
salary costs for up to three years. There is a local NHS contribution of
around half the cost and co-funders may include Society branches, other
MS charities and pharmaceutical companies. The Society and three pharmaceutical
companies have also launched a 'fast-track' scheme to fund at least 20
more nurses to help take forward the national study of
MS disease-modifying drugs announced recently by the Department of Health.
Cathrine Bassett has been appointed MS specialist nurse at the Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust's Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Gwent.
Cathrine, who is 32, trained at East Glamorgan Hospital in Pontypridd
and has previously worked at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Before taking up her new post, she worked in Bristol as a disease management nurse advisor on conditions including MS.
Debi Holm has been appointed MS specialist nurse at the Worcestershire
Community NHS Trust's Droitwich Health Centre at Droitwich in Worcestershire.
Debi, who is 31, has a BA(Hons) degree in adult nursing from Oxford
Brookes University, and has previously worked at The Radcliffe Infirmary,
Oxford, and Hull Royal Infirmary. Most recently she was
neurological clinical nurse specialist at Hastings and Rother NHS Trust's Conquest Hospital at St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, one of the first posts created within the MS Nurse Fund programme.