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  • Emily Whisker

    South East

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    Emily Whisker

    South East

    I completed by BSc in Adult Nursing in 2005 and have been working in the role of MS Specialist Nurse at Ashford and St Peters Hospital, Chertsey since Oct 2014. This is a general district hospital and my role involves giving MS infusions, running clinics and some community visits.

  • Sarah White

    London

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    Sarah White

    London

    Sarah White is the senior MS Clinical Nurse Specialist at St George’s University Hospitals in South West London. She has been an MS nurse since 2003 and manages the MS nursing team as well as having her own caseload of patients.

  • Katrina Potter

    South East

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    Katrina Potter

    South East

    I have been an MS nurse for nearly 6 years and a previous background in district nursing. I work in the community covering the area of Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley. The region I cover as a committee member is South East London and Kent.

  • Lesley Catterall

    East Midlands

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    Lesley Catterall

    East Midlands

    RGN, MSCN. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist Nurse working for Milton Keynes Community Health Services – CNWL, Milton Keynes, England. Lesley has been working as part of a team providing clinical specialist services to people in Milton Keynes with MS since 2011. She provides a holistic approach in the provision of care, advice and support to people with MS, their families and healthcare professional involved in MS care. She is actively involved in the coordination and the management of disease modifying treatment, care planning and symptom control. Delivery of care is tailored to meet individual’s needs either at home or in a community clinic ensuring care is closer to home and responsive. This region covers Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

  • Debbie Quinn

    East Midlands

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    Debbie Quinn

    East Midlands

    I began as an MS Specialist Nurse in 2004, the first fully funded NHS community based MS post. Over my 11 years in the role I wrote numerous articles on service development, business and succession planning. I was Nurse Advisor for the MS Trust for 16 months alongside my NHS role. I am passionate about specialist nurse roles and ensuring their future, as well the influence nurses can make in the political arena. I am a member of the RCN Neursciences forum and an Expert Panel Member for two MS Society committees. I currently practice as Palliative Care Community Nurse Specialist, Independent Consultant, Specialist CQC Advisor as well as the Policy Advisor to the UKMSSNA.

  • Amy Harbour

    South West

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    Amy Harbour

    South West

    I am a MS Specialist Nurse working in South East Hampshire as a community nurse, our case load is over 850 patients. I have been nursing for 10 years although find my current role my best yet, I find it both very challenging and rewarding. I have been fortunate to attend the Hitchin module and was given the chance to speak at a national conference about my findings

  • Elspeth Wolfenden

    East Midlands

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    Elspeth Wolfenden

    East Midlands

    I have been an MS nurse since 2001. I am acute based see patients from diagnosis to end of life. I share my committee role with Lesley Caterall

  • Lucy Ruscoe

    West Midlands

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    Lucy Ruscoe

    West Midlands

    I was appointed as a MS nurse in 2010 an worked at QMC in Nottingham before working as a MS nurse funded through quintiles at Mid staffs NHS trust, in 2015 I joined the team at UHNM and continue to support patients in Stafford and stoke on trent. Previous background of ITU nursing.

  • Gail Clayton

    Wales

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    Gail Clayton

    Wales

    Gail Clayton was appointed the first MS nurse in Wales in 1995 covering a large geographical area. As a founding member of the UKMSSNA she worked to develop and promote the role of the MS nurse both in Wales and nationally. Gail was involved in developing the provision of specialist MS service throughout Wales. Currently the lead CNS in the team and manages the multidisciplinary MS team whilst managing a complex caseload of patients in the South Wales Valleys. Her interests include paediatric MS and she runs a joint clinic with the paediatric neurologist to ensure smooth transition the adult services. Other interests include identifying the needs of people growing older with MS with the aim of providing practical support. Gail is involved in several DMT treatment monitoring clinics and has developed protocols to ensure safe DMT monitoring.

  • Yvonne Copeland

    Wales

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    Yvonne Copeland

    Wales

    I’ve been a registered nurse for 27 years with experience in medical nursing, district nursing and epilepsy. Although I’m employed by The Walton Centre in Liverpool and I manage the MS nurse service for north wales which is also where I live.

  • Nicola Daykin

    East Midlands

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    Nicola Daykin

    East Midlands

    I qualified as a nurse in 2001 and have worked in Neurosciences for the majority of my career, becoming a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) nurse in 2009 in secondary care.  In 2010 alongside my MS nurse role, I took on the role of MS research nurse and Coordinator at the queen’s medical centre Nottingham and achieving my post graduate certificate in health and social care research.  In 2014 I moved to the community to work for Nottingham City care as a MS nurse Specialist I continue in this role today.  Since then I have completed my post graduate certificate in non-medical prescribing.  I remain focused on improving patient care, service development, my development and helping others to develop in their role.

  • Claire Bentley

    East Midlands

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    Claire Bentley

    East Midlands

  • Mhairi Coutts

    Scotland

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    Mhairi Coutts

    Scotland

  • Rachel Morrison

    Scotland

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    Rachel Morrison

    Scotland

  • Mavis Ayer

    South West

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    Mavis Ayer

    South West

    I started my BSc nurse training in 1993 in the Philippines moving to the UK in 2000, and have always worked in Neurosciences. My previous role prior to joining the MS team was a ward manager in neurosurgery and stroke. I work at an acute Trust (UHS NHS FT) as the Lead MS Nurse with our Wessex MS Service covering the whole region working very closely with our community team. My key interests are improving patient care & journey, service development and supporting nurses within Multiple Sclerosis services.

  • Carolyn Cairns

    North West

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    Carolyn Cairns

    North West

    Multiple Sclerosis Advance Nurse Practitioner (Lead Nurse) at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool.  The Walton Centre is a specialist trust that provides neurology and neurosurgery services to it’s catchment area of Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.  I qualified as a RGN in 1999 and joined the MS team in 2011.  My role includes patient care (nurse clinics, MDT clinics, DMT management, nurse advice line), service development and education (patient information days, in house training, honorary lecturer for Liverpool University).  I also manage both the MS and Neuromyelitis Optica Nurse teams.

  • Heidi Thompson

    Northern Ireland

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    Heidi Thompson

    Northern Ireland

    Ms. Thompson has been working as an MS specialist nurse for over 21 years. She is currently employed by the Southern Health & Social Care Trust, Portadown. She began working in Neurology in 1996 where she developed her interest in MS after working on trials for Interferon & she helped to initiate these new treatments into N. Ireland. Having worked in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast she moved to work in the Southern Trust in 2007 & established the first Nurse led clinics in N. Ireland. These clinics were designed to increase access to local services and ultimately improve standards of care for people with MS.

    Having worked with the UK MS Specialist Nurses Association for many years, she was awarded the ‘Making a Difference’ award in 2008. Following completion of her Specialist practice qualification she went on to complete a research project with the University of Ulster which looked at “assessing general nurses’ level of knowledge about MS”.  Heidi is particularly interested in research along with nurse and patients education. She works as a member of the MS 21 century initiative whose goal is to improve and standardise MS care globally.

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