In a move to develop closer collaboration between health and social care services for people affected by MS, the Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding the first conference of its kind for care professionals working in the North of England and Yorkshire.
'Evolving MS Services' will be held at the Centre for Life in Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Friday 16 May 2003. Partners with the MS Society in staging the event are the MS Services Network of multi-disciplinary professionals and the charity MS Relief.
High on the agenda will be the implications of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's guidelines on MS to be published in June and the forthcoming national service framework for long-term conditions.
Speakers will include Professor Derick Wade of the Oxford Centre for Enablement, Professor David Bates, professor of clinical neurology at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, Sue White, joint head of the Disability Policy Branch at the Department of Health, and Sandra Wheatley, chair of Disability North.
Sharon Haffenden, director of research and services at the MS Society, who will be among the Society speakers, said, "This innovative event will bring together experts and key players in the field of MS care. The initiative aims to stimulate successful partnerships developed between professionals and the voluntary sector to achieve equitable national standards of care for people with MS.
"We want to see the new guidance having a major impact on people's quality of life and the conference will be looking at specific ways in which we can work together to help better services evolve."
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The event has been approved by the Royal College of Physicians of London.
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