Developing a community multiple sclerosis nursing service
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Developing a community multiple sclerosis nursing service

Debbie Quinn Queen’s Nurse, Multiple sclerosis specialist nurse, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Wellingborough, Multiple Sclerosis Trust
John Adams Temporary lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Peterborough

Reforms to the NHS following the passing of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 have created new purchaser organisations with responsibility for planning the configuration of healthcare services in their geographic areas. If a community multiple sclerosis (MS) nursing service is to survive in this environment, it must demonstrate its ability to contribute to achieving the purchaser organisations’ objectives. Evaluation data, such as hospital admission avoidance and patient satisfaction, will be crucial in demonstrating the community MS nursing service’s clinical and economic effectiveness. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis of the issues facing a community MS service in this environment is provided.

Nursing Standard. 28, 37,46-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.37.46.e8293

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 10 September 2013

Accepted: 31 October 2013