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The United Kingdom Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse Association (UKMSSNA), set up in 2001, is the professional membership organisation for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Therapists in multiple sclerosis and for other health and social care professionals with an interest in the care of people with MS in the United Kingdom.

The UKMSSNA is affiliated to the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN)

We aim to improve the lives of all those persons affected by multiple sclerosis through the provision of education, information and support to MS Specialists to enable them to provide appropriate healthcare services.

The UKMSSNA:

  • campaigns for the sustainability of a specialised branch of nursing in multiple sclerosis
  • establishes and maintains standards of nursing care in multiple sclerosis
  • supports nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for people with MS
  • supports multiple sclerosis nursing research, general research and clinical trials
  • educates the health and social care community about multiple sclerosis
  • disseminates this knowledge throughout the UK and the rest of the world.

We encourage all MS Specialist Nurses and other MS Specialists to join the UKMSSNA to share in the benefits of membership and to strengthen the voice of MS Specialist Nurses in campaigning and supporting MS services across the UK.

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What patients say about MS Nurses:

“The MS nurses have made me aware of all that is available for me. …It is reassuring to know they are there.”

“My MS Nurse is nothing short of a lifeline for my husband and me.”

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“She organises meetings for patients and invites guest speakers to cover different subjects of concern.  She gladly seeks out any information I require.”

“She has a greater understanding of MY condition than any other healthcare professional.  Her years of experience mean that she can always answer my questions when others cannot.”

I do not think that anyone has the understanding and empathy that the MS nurses have. GPs do not have the understanding as they have to deal with so many other illnesses.  Who else do you phone for advice or help when you are concerned or worried?”

I cannot thank the MS nurses enough for the care and support they have given me.  It is so reassuring to be seen and to speak to specialists.  I have read a lot about MS and have a very supportive family, but the support I get from the MS Nurses cannot be found anywhere else.  Thank you.”

The MS Nurse is always approachable and talks to you as an individual yet draws on experience she has gained with similar patients.  I can talk to an MS nurse more easily than a neurologist.”